The signings of Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were meant to usher in a new era at the Emirates. However, a 1-0 defeat to their dearest rivals has sent the walls crashing down once again. The reality of sixth place has dawned upon the fanbase and they are now searching for something positive to focus on.
Social media has been abuzz once again with rumours that Alisher Usmanov is on the verge of launching a takeover bid at Arsenal. The Russian owns shares approximately equating to a 30% share of the club, making him the club’s 2nd largest stakeholder. Currently, Stan Kroenke is the majority shareholder as he owns a 67.09% stake.
In addition to Arsenal, Stan Kroenke is the owner of Los Angeles Rams, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Mammoth and Colorado Rapids. He’s a respected businessman that has a net worth of just over $8.1billion. Although respected in the business world, he’s not loved by the fans of those respective franchises.
On the 23rd of last month, Stan Kroenke bought 22 more shares in the club at £28,000 each. This was a clear & defiant statement by the American businessman that he won’t be selling out his shares at the club. It’s no secret that the majority of Arsenal fans feel as though the 70-year-old does not produce enough funds for transfer activities.
Many a time we’ve had reports from the BBC that state Arsenal has been left cash-stricken in several transfer windows. Despite moving to the Emirates to be able to compete with Manchester United financially, Arsenal has still found themselves only being able to buy once they’ve generated funds through departures.
Arsenal have no plans to replace AOC & no money for major signings, but only way Sanchez leaves is if #AFC get massive money & replacement
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 30, 2017
Fans also believe that Stan Kroenke does not show enough interest in the club’s footballing activities, that’s why he hardly appears at the Emirates. It’s believed that if he did take more of an interest, he would have a differing view on Arsène Wenger’s job performance in recent years. The truth is, the American only makes decisions on the club in relation to how much money is going into his pocket. Perhaps a Roman Abramovich-type approach would severely shake things up at the Emirates. Arsenal’s only realistic option of having a new owner comes through the potential of Alisher Usmanov.
Told that Usmanov has made another overture to buy the club.
— Darren (@DarrenArsenal1) January 27, 2018
Last October, Alisher Usmanov tried to buy-out 30.4% of Stan Kroenke’s share for £525million, but he was firmly rebuffed by the American. Now rumours on social media suggest the Russian could be coming back with a bigger & better offer to takeover the club. Alisher Usmanov is rich and would be much more willing to spend funds as he’s been publicly critical of the team’s performances on the pitch.
The validity of these claims will be verified over the coming months and hopefully, by the summer, Arsenal can truly embark on a fresh start.