Usmanov blasts Arsenal approach after Van Persie eyes exit

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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