Uzbek billionaire insists Arsenal legend wants him to buy club outright.
Uzbek billionaire Alisher Usmanov has claimed that former Arsenal captain Thierry Henry is encouraging him to try to buy the North London club outright according to The Daily Mail.
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Usmanov is currently the second largest shareholder in Arsenal, holding a 29.9 per cent stake after buying out former vice-chairman David Dein’s shares.
But conflicts in the boardroom between him and majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has meant that Usmanov has been powerless to implement his vision for the club.
Arsenal have been forced to sell a number of key players in recent years and Usmanov insists he would be ready to back manager Arsene Wenger were he to be given the reins at the club.
‘It’s unthinkable that the shareholders get well-paid while, for small clauses in contracts, we lose key players, symbols like Robin Van Persie, Mathieu Flamini or Patrick Vieira. We should have increased their salaries when they started to be courted, started to look elsewhere. I don’t know why we didn’t propose that to them’ he said.
Wenger remains highly rated by Usmanov who is one of the world’s richest men with an estimated fortune of $18.1 billion.
‘For me, he’s one of the best coaches in the world but it’s not easy for him. I think he deserves that players are bought in at Arsenal when they’re needed. I’m a strong man. If someone needs my help, my money, my know-how, anything I possess, I’m always ready’.
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