One of the Arsenal’s shareholders, Alisher Usmanov, believes that the composition of the first team squad of the club is very good at the moment and there is no reason why the Gunners can’t become the Premier League Champions again.
Arsenal has bought some fantastic players this summer and they are indeed looking very strong ahead of the Premier League. They are confident too having ended their trophy drought of almost a decade last season.
They won the FA Cup in the 2013-14 Season defeating Hull City in the final. It was a memorable win for them as they had gone down by 0-2 in that match and that too in the first half itself.
According to Usmanov, Arsenal would never have suffered the trophy drought if the board had been a little smarter strategy wise.
Talking to the reporters yesterday, the Russian billionaire said, “Because of the building of the new stadium, the club was under debt and thus, the world class players weren’t being bought. Also, a lot of players were being sold and the team was getting weakened with every passing season. That was the main reason why we couldn’t win titles. But, we could have avoided getting into such sort of situation if we had been smarter and had gone for a different option rather than the debt one.”
“However, we have got through that period now and we are financially quite stable at this point of time.”
“This is the start of a fresh era for us. Everything seems to be in order and I am sure we are going to achieve glory in near future.”
Usmanov has a stake of 30% in Arsenal. Only Stan Kroenke, the American businessman, has a higher stake than him in the club.
The relationship between Usmanov and Kroenke is not good at all. They have not been speaking to each other for a long time.