Arsenal Board criticised by Usmanov
In an open letter to the board, Alisher Usmanov has criticised the running of the club citing a lack of investment.
“In our view it is clear you are trying to distract attention from the more fundamental issues facing the club. These are the financial model, the lack of investment and club’s future strategic direction.”
Usmanov goes on to describe the hardship of manager Arsene Wenger, who regularly has to deal with the problem of world class players leaving for rival clubs, due to the clubs strict financial policy.
“As a consequence of this policy, which is dressed up as prudent financial planning, it is down to our manager and not the shareholders, to have to deal with the club’s tight finances, carry the burden of repaying the stadium debt by selling his best players and having to continue to find cheaper replacements.’
“This policy is leading to the loss of our best players, often to main competitors, and even causes the players themselves to question their future at the club and the club’s ambitions. The situation with Robin van Persie sums this up.”
The timing of the letter is impeccable as Usmanov will surely win support from the torrent of angry Arsenal fans, who will want to know why their top stars are leaving with increasing frequency.