Usmanov statement on his Arsenal shareholding


Alisher Usmanov has today released a statement about his shareholding in Arsenal. It reads:

“Contrary to some speculative media reports, Red and White Holdings woule like to state that Mr Alisher Usmanov does not intend to sell his stake in Arsenal Holdings PLC (“Arsenal”).

Mr Usmanov continues to be committed to Arsenal and considers his stake in the Club [sic] as a long-term investment for his family and future generations.

Red and White Holdings Limited owns 30.04% of Arsenal Holdings Plc.”

This comes after our story yesterday which suggested he was considering selling his stake in the club to join partner Farhad Moshiri.

Obviously we’ll take him as a man of his word and if that’s what he says then that’s that, as it’s completely unknown for business people to say something then do something else further down the line.

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I’d totally get it if he were to buy Everton. Sadly enough.



It says it all in this statement—


When it should be he’s interest in —-



Honestly, a fabricated piece about ownership being published on this site stinks to high heaven. Very unlike this place.

You can’t help but think about the motivation behind this.


Jesus, take off your tin hat. Arseblog are probably the most impartial and unbiased Arsenal-related news site in the world. They don’t have an agenda, they just report what is interesting to Gooners (which this was).

If they didn’t post such a thing, then today posted this, we’d all be like “huh? What reports?”


They were the source of this story. There would have been no Usmanov statement to report, had that not been posted in the first place.

Pascal Cygan



Like username like guy.


Unfollow then

Ned Flanders Bible

Ananus, wrong it has been reported elsewhere. Andrew posted it here because it’s relevant to the club.


You sound like your name. Seriously.


Do you realise that this site has been the source of many reports in the past? It’s probably THE most credible source for anything Arsenal related and has time and time again proven so; by the way I really do hope that he doesn’t sell.

One day and I realise I’m probably dreaming, Wiggy will sell his share and we just might get an owner that gives a fuck about his investment other than to make himself a cool 3 mill every season.

Olawale Olayemi

Usmanov is like a quiet Donald Trump and Kroenke is like an even more quiet Hillary. We’re truly fucked


Also that picture…… Jesus what a cheese ball with the whole hand on the chin thing, looks like an outdated Bond villain, according to sources he owns a swimming pool full of sharks …. With laser beams attached to their heads. MY GUT DOES NOT TRUST


Majority of gooners used to prefer Kroenke and how did that turn out? He is taking 3million each year from us which could have been used for signing players(those extra 3 millions is worth it when our transfers are considered). Usmanov can’t be worse than Kroenke.


We must have £300M to spend on players by now, and we struggle to buy one decent player and a couple of cheap kids, and you think the extra £3M would make all the difference?!

Let Kronke take his £3M and stick it up his arse


Aren’t they bargaining for less than some 5 million?


As trustworthy as Kroenke, Gazidis and Wenger.

They’re all the same.


I understand him not selling his stake. He is somewhat of a sinister Uzbeki vampire, the stake is what’s in his heart (rather than the club) and should he remove said stake he would instantly perish into dust. Needs must etc.

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I couldn’t care less if he sells up, I don’t trust the bloke in the slightest. But for the love of God, don’t sell to Kroenke. The idea of that walrus-faced cowboy having almost complete autonomy over our club doesn’t bear thinking about.


As much as I agree the smooth faced white haired old French guy that currently has absolute, never questioned, autonomy over the club isn’t doing that great.


We’re owned by an American investor who doesn’t care one bit.

I’d rather be owned by someone who does care, and is willing to plough a few billion into taking us above man Citeh and Chelsea, even if he is a Russian baron von greenback.

Bob Davis

I get a hard on looking at beutiful women. Looks like shareholders get a hard on for making money.

Stan wants to be the richest man in the graveyard and Wenger’s prepared to help him have his gold plated coffin.


Glad he’s staying. Wish he had more shares.

Judith Le'Strange

I wish that Usmanov would buy out Kroenke and then perhaps we could get a new more advanced thinking manager who wouldn’t treat the players as if they were his “little boys” and tell the Board that he wanted this player or that player and it will cost £xxxxm, and get rid of a lot of the dead wood players that we seem to have by the drove and clear up some extra cash by bringing in decent players, not weak little ones that Wenger thinks will cost half of what a decent healthy player will cost. But I hope that Wenger will do the decent thing and resign at the end of this season!!!

Andy Mack

It seems you’re not aware that Usmanov wants to keep Arsene Wenger as manager.


Usmanov will never be given a chance to invest in Arsenal where it matters i.e in team strengthening – that is left to the owner who has no interest in winning trophies or being successful (except financially).
I would sell at the earliest opportunity – it’s dead money.
I hope Hill Wood, Edelman and Brightwell are happy and they are enjoying their money. Bastards.


It’s a great investment. Arsenal is probably one of the best clubs in the world to have a passive investment position in.

What it’s not a great chance to do is play Abramovich and buy your way to titles.


Of topic. But is anyone fed up of the stupid prices players are going for now? – it’s getting to the point where I’m kind of ok with not signing anybody.

Spend 35 million on a Lacazete today, and we’ll be paying 90 million for the next half decent striker next summer when we realise the guy we bought in the first place wasn’t all that.

It’s just retarded. Wenger is completely right when he says there’s a market for English clubs, and a market for everyone else.

At this rate it won’t matter how much money we make of TV rights, we’re going to squander it on flash in the pan, or unproven talent.

Fools and their money are soon parted.


Okay we stand back with our principles in the knowledge we are taking the moral high ground whilst everyone around us invests the money they have generated.

We can look at ours in the bank


If investment equated success, United, Chelsea, and Liverpool would be running away with the league.

Not struggling to qualify for the top 4.

All they do is spend hundreds of millions of pounds on bang average players, call it an investment, assemble the most expensive (inflated) squads in Europe, and then wonder why they get trashed in the Champions league, or why teams like Leicester win the league and teams like Bradford and MK Dons knock them out of the cups.

Honestly, it’s like people are more excited by how much we spend then what we get.

If we had spent £50million signing Elneny would that make him a better player?

This sort of money burning short term investment is stupid. It’s only going to inflate the prices to the point where even mad TV money won’t get you a Bolasie for under £70m.

None of our rivals care, their managers won’t be in their jobs in 3 years. What do they care about inflation. What do they care about paying the wages of some huge primadona flop?


I think you are totally right and I feel like Arseblog – sadly – have become one of those voices on the internet that just call for new signings now, as that would be the only solution, the only way to go. And this with the awful argument that Wenger must “accept this is the new reality”, which, off course, actually don’t say a thing about what we should be doing on the market; that something is – in this case a totally inflated and fucked up football transfer market – dosen’t actually say that Wenger, the club or we as fans should just go along with this “reality”. I do actually think that Wenger is to “laid back” in his criticism of this market, even if he is that for understandable reasons.

And, as everybody knows, he has bought some pretty expensive players: Ozil, Alexis and Xhaka didn’t come cheap. I would say that is absurd to pay this sums that “we” have payed, as if football in no way is in contact with the rest of society. I do fail to see how it would be something bad to try to take a moral standpoint here (not that I am implying that Arsenal does this fully, but at least I think that Wenger has some important values here that it is hard to find in todays top flight football and which we as fans should be proud of).

True, we need a CB, but I rather loose one or two matches in the beginning of the season than buy an average cb (or striker for that matter). And I just don’t get all the panic, we did actually end up second place last season, sure it was to Leicester, but every other team in the league ended up behind us, logic I know, so chill?

It is actually fascinating to read about Arsenal outside of the twitter-bubble; like, here in Sweden where Arsenal is tipped to fight for the top spot, and the panic and frustration that is ventilated via twitter by fans and for example the “arses” here is nowhere to be seen and just looked at as totally excessive.

Enjoy the football, and enjoy, and be proud of the last manager (at least for a while) that genuinley care for this club, for the next one will probably not.

Jack's little finger

The winning mentality at the club is sadly gone and it pains me to see the fans too settled in this self imposed culture.

The above statement is rich coming from a club that has not won the league in 12 years (and in which the above named have won league titles and the Champions League), a club which thanks to that effect is now in the same financial tier with Chelsea who they were light years ahead of, on and off the pitch 12 years ago.

I get that we cannot and should not pay obscene prices for players and I agree that we must try as much as possible to live within our means, but at the end of the day, the clubs spending obscene money on players are spending what they have.. Aren’t they?

Personally, I get no gratification from the fact that we spend little on players. That does not count, there is no winner of the financial fair play league.

The money is there to improve the squad then use it. We are not at the moment.. We are not trying at all and you will get that people are angry around here because we no longer try…

We could have sold Walcott and added a few million to get Mahrez. We could have got rid of the perennially injured Wilshere and got Kante in return. We could have cut our losses on the under-performing Gabriel and untried Chambers and got in Mustafi.. We can improve the squad by not spending much in reality. We are stagnant because we have been blinded by some supposed belief that we are the purest football team on earth. Times have changed, we have to join in or ship out.

The likes of Spurs are catching up with the Arsenal right now not because they are better financially but wiser of the current age in which the game is. Unless we do so, then we will get left behind, if we are not already..


When did we last win the league or champions league? 2 of those have won both the other 1 in the mean time

Last season was a freak and he still fucked it up. When finances were thrown out the window and organisation and team spirit key we were a shadow


We constantly hear that Arsena has an Economics degree but he seems to have stopped reading before Milton Friedman famously said “Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon”. By this he meant that more money in circulation drives prices up. There is no measure of “value” – the market does not care and it is neither moral or immoral, it just is. Prices are high because there is lots of money around and a very limited supply of good players, it is the most predictable thing in the world.
Any morality argument is irrelevant.


Totally agree. Paying sky high prices for players is completely justified simply because Arsenal are very profitable and have huge cash reserves.

The purchase of Pogba represents a smaller proportion of Manure’s current turnover than the purchase of Brian Robson did.

It’s inflation based on a successful product, nothing more, nothing less.

Simeone after Wenger’s contract runs out? He’s the only big cheese left and might fancy having a few quid to throw around for a change.


Funny how none of the silly money makes it into our pockets when we sell players though isn’t it? I mean how much would we get for Sanchez or Ozil? We’d probably sell them for £20M each, such is our inefficiency in the transfer market.


Ild like him to pursue buying stan out but that’s going to be at one hell of a price

I’m just amazed that men of principle at that club don’t step out and tell the truth. Sadly they are all too busy feathering their own nests to think about what is actually best for arsenal

And reporters grow some balls and ask the questions the fans want answering. If he doesn’t answer then ask again stop letting aw and ig get away with non answers

Glad we’re really prepared for this season

Merlin's Panini

The last thing we want is Usmanov going to Everton. If he has a chip on his shoulder with the Arsenal board he could go about buying all the players we want, and some of our own that we want to keep, just to spite us.
The worrying thing would be that Kroenke would do nothing about it and carry on taking his £3 million a year.
The timing of all this does seem rather cynical though. Knowing supporters feel uneasy it’s possible this may be a ploy from his people to further stir up the crowd who are tired of Kroenke.


What makes people think we’ve got untold millions to spend on players?

Sure, we obviously have a transfer budget. But in all of my 39 years supporting the club they have never once revealed any details about transfer budgets – and nor should they.

Fact is, we probably could pay over the odds for either Mustafa and Lacazette, but can we afford both? Maybe we could, maybe we couldn’t – we just do not know!

One thing is for sure though, since David Dein left the club, and Kroenke buying us, there doesn’t seem to be anyone prepared to take a risk in terms of finances. For example, if it were true that getting both Mustafa and Lacazette would exceed our transfer budget, it’s pretty certain that we could stump up the cash from other areas of the club if needed, but no-one is going to drive that through.

This is why I don’t blame Arsene Wenger personally for being seemingly frugal – he is just being responsible with a budget. In the Dein days it seemed that he was the one convincing the board to take risks on players when they were needed, and Arsene Wenger does not have that person to do that in the club any more.

Having said all that, I do believe though that Kroenke needs to go, he clearly has no interest in us and just sees us as a mixture of sound investment and interesting experiment. Whatever anyone says about Usmanov, at least he seems to care about football!


I may be unpopular here, but I somehow like Usmanov more than Kroenke. But wonder if Usmanov ever became a majority share holder, would he behave differently? Most of us can’t really fathom what it would be like to manage someone who’s a legacy manager.

Well, now that this is done and settled. Can we please sign Mustafi and that striker? Or wait, we’ll spin another story on the official website about how Mertesacker is making his recovery way ahead of his schedule and how Walcott is practicing various training ground moves to be the best striker in the league.

Christ, whoever handles Arsenal’s PR machinery is completely out of touch at times.


Thank God for that. Because if he sold to Kronke a bad situation would become dire. And I mean really DiRE.

The Club would have marooned in a swamp of non achieving mediocrity for years to come.


Until Kronke picks up the stadium with a helicopter and shifts the whole club over to China, of course.


At 30% and no influence, it must be the expensive season tickets, ever! Hehe, he does have a seat, doesn’t he?


hahaha…its not like Usamov does very much for the club either.

Put your money where your mouth is mate.;)


Judging by his mouth he wouldn’t have any shares left…


It doesn’t make much sense for Usmanov to sell Arsenal shares with Kroenke in control of the club. He could just sit on his ass and watch the value of his investment increase y-o-y due to conservative management and our impressive record of top 4 finishes. And when Arsenal win the league again (it will happen sooner or later) he could consider cashing in for top money.

Venus Pinewood

My brother studied with Usmanov in Moscow MGIMO – apparently did his English homework for him. Bastard won’t give me his contact details – so anyone know how I can get in touch with him (Usmanov rather than my prat of a brother)? Want to put in some prime begging.