Kroenke, who also owns franchises in the NFL (Los Angeles Rams), NBA (Denver Nuggets) and NHL (Colorado Rapids), has faced criticism for his perceived disinterest in Arsenal.
He last attended one of the club’s matches in May 2016, a 4-0 home win over Aston Villa on the final day of the season.
Understandably, the news that Usmanov wants to take control has been met with jubilation by most Gooners…
Following Manuel Veth’s article on the potential for Alisher Usmanov to be involved in Farhad Moshiri’s current 49.9% shareholding in Everton FC, I contacted the team of the Futbolgrad Network with an alternative view.
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Saturday’s FA Cup win over Chelsea provided a valuable reminder to his critics of the peaks Wenger’s sides can reach and the Arsenal manager is eager to use the success of the final weeks of the season as a springboard to glory in 2017-18.As a result, we spent an entertaining hour exchanging views which can be heard here: Perhaps it’s easiest to deal with point (2) first.It’s my belief that Usmanov will not dispose of his Arsenal shares held in Red & White Holdings. Firstly, he has stated publicly that it is his intent to hold his shares, for his family to enjoy in future generations.In addition to the initial share purchase Moshiri has provided £80 million in loans to repair Everton’s balance sheet, wiping out long term secured debt, and the shorter term pre-payment of broadcasting revenues due from the Premier League.Usmanov has largely found himself frozen out at Arsenal, where he has no formal position on the board, and in August was forced to deny claims that he was considering selling his stake in the club.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, the sequence of events last February (2016) which led to Moshiri selling his R&W holdings to Alisher Usmanov do not sit with the view that Usmanov’s intent has been to dispose of his AFC interests and invest in Everton.