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Usmanov blasts Arsenal approach after Van Persie eyes exit

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By Gary-Jay Bourley

Thursday 05 July 2012

The ramifications of Robin van Persie’s decision to leave Arsenal seem to be affecting more than just Arsene Wenger’s team sheet.

The Daily Mail are reporting that the board are on the verge of a ‘civil war’ after Alisher Usmanov - one of the two members of investment company Red and White that own 30% of Arsenal - has blasted the day to day running of the club.

Usmanov, and his partner Farhad Moshiri, have claimed that the self-imposed financial rules are forcing the club into selling their best players and bringing in cheaper replacements to the detriment of the club.

Their complaint is aimed at Arsenal’s second-biggest shareholder Stan Kroenke, an American businessman, who has come under increasing pressure in the last few seasons after seven years without a trophy in the red half of North London.

In a letter to Kroenke they addressed the fact that they are forced into selling their ‘true marquee player’ because they cannot ‘give confidence that we can win trophies’ before questioning ‘where are the safeguards to ensure that this doesn’t happen again and again?’

Robin van Persie will become the sixth high profile player in three seasons to leave Arsenal, forcing Wenger to rely on two new strikers who are yet to prove their worth in the Premier League. Speculation is mounting that the departure of the Dutch forward will instigate an exodus from the Emirates.

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By Karen on 24 July 2012 at 06:01

I have the arseblog app but one day i just clkeicd a link in the blog to the news site. Now, whenever i load the app i just go to the news site and can't find any way back to the blog. Any ideas? 0 3

By Annas on 22 July 2012 at 17:25

Its time you guys move on and forget TSO.He left you for pride and to be hosnet I think he left because he could see he is not going to win with this Chelsea team he created.(and do it just before a game against MU is selfishness).Its time you people see him for what he was- He build a team that would suit his tactic- defend, slow the game ,score one keep it that way.Yes he won trophies but one need to look at the spending and the caliber of players he brought to make it happen.Look at Arsen ,he is a true coach and manager- he brings in players at one tenth of those of Chelsea and see how they look today?He builds them up ,make them play to their ability ,integrate them to a teamand they are great.He planed for the future ,TSO PLANED IT ALL ARROUND HIS BIG EGO.Chelsea played like robots ,with a remot controlling their movement .I don't need a carizmathic manager I want to see a charizmathicteam.That what soccer is all about.And on saturday it was the first time in two years that I saw the players coming to their true ability as individuals as well as partners to a united team.I am not trying to credit anyone ,but if Grant is promoting the idea of free soccer and let these players off the remot than it maybe what we needed here.Look at JK he is wonderful with his skill and passes.Lampard is back with his long accurate passes.The players are moving changing position and letting the ball find them rather than waiting for the ball . If that what Roman like than yes JM had to go. And you know what -I like it too. True no one is a magician ,but if players were forced to play under certainconstraint,their true ability was surpressed.It may need only a different view of the manager to change things arround.I realy hope so for Chelsea and for soccer. 9

By wayne on 05 July 2012 at 15:03

Its just tooo obvious u¯_??° are leavin us.but ??åT d¯_?? heel are thinking we can ?o without u¯_??° man.k conmpare u¯_??° situation wit dat of nasri,fabregas and clichy but we still move on,§????? y¯_??° don't u¯_??° let us get some fresh air coz u¯_??° av U?¯_ lyfe 2 leave.

By tobechukwu on 05 July 2012 at 14:49

honestly what usmanov says is true....i don't simply think that arsenal fc 'll ever win a trophy again and again....since we're losing our best players and bring in cheap and inexperience to the club ....pls what do you expect in the next few season...? hn!

By jaxon billy on 05 July 2012 at 13:56

Hi gunners! Please let the boy(RVP)leave.i am very sure inndeed that he'll regrets in the near future...we can cope without him. Good luck to him





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