Alisher Usmanov has spoken to the press about Arsenal saying he doesn’t plan to talk to the press about Arsenal…for a while.
Claiming that he has no intention of either selling his shares or asking for a place on the board, the Uzbek billionaire squeezed in a final swipe at the current policy of selling valuable players before making clear he’s not planning any further ‘open letters’ to Messrs Gazidis, Hill-Wood and Kroenke.
“Nobody can convince fans that the club is doing fine if for the past three or four years the club has been selling its best players,” Usmanov told Reuters in an interview.
“It doesn’t matter who our extremely talented coach, Arsene Wenger, buys to plug these holes if we want to win trophies.
“Arsenal received our letter,” continued Usmanov, referencing his public show of frustration earlier in the summer. “We didn’t mean it as a hostile message or a declaration of war.
“We are tired of being accused of fighting for a place on the board. We have never in our lives asked for this place.”
Eager to call a halt to the sniping now that the season is underway, Usmanov, concluded:
“The season is beginning – we must close this discussion and support the club, coach and players.
“For now, we stay in Arsenal as shareholders as long as we don’t lose our love for this club. Now we wish it support and great victory.”
As far as Arseblog News is concerned this seems like the equivalent of throwing a punch in a bar and legging it.
Obviously feeling it necessary to put something/anything out into the ether off the back of the club’s latest financials it looks as though Usmanov and Red & white Holdings have made the wise decision to stay quiet for a while.
It’s interesting that for all the posturing about being ‘real’ fans that he finishes the interview hinting that he has the potential to fall out of love with the club. The mask slips a little perhaps?
No doubt we’ll hear from them again as soon as anything goes awry, probably when we next get an opportunity to sell somebody…