12 responses

  1. OlegYch

    this story seems incomplete without a mention of Farhad Moshiri who sold his shares to Usmanov for a reported 200m recently
    so no, Arsenal is still very high on Usmanovs agenda

  2. nicky

    I still feel that the future of Arsenal FC, at least financially-wise, rests with these two men, Kroenke and Usmanov.
    Both are mortal and will disappear from the scene, sooner or later.
    In the meantime, many things can happen.
    If the Kroenkes’ lose interest, Usmanov would probably step in.
    One thing is certain in my book.
    The second most important shareholder should never have been denied a seat on the Board.
    There can be little doubt that with Usmanov as majority shareholder coupled with his close association with David Dein, additional funds would be made available for the Club’s war chest.
    However, whether this change of governance would be a good thing, overall, for Arsenal FC is debateable. 😉

  3. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    A large sum of Arsenal Shares is such a big money power stake for anybody that has it in his possession. Save for any financial difficulty Alisher Usmanov might face in future, I can’t see him selling his Shares Holdings in Arsenal now when it’s not plummeting. And not to his bitter rival Stan Kroenke would he sell to. Kroenke who has apparently in collusion with others have denied him the 2nd largest Arsenal Shares holder a seat on the Arsenal board? Difficult. Strange thing happens a times, don’t they?

  4. Gord

    People who are good with money, don’t wait for the price of something to be plummeting to sell. If the price is plummeting, it is possible there are no smart buyers in the market, if nothing else they are waiting to find where the bottom is.

    As near as I can tell, there is no DATA to suggest anything about how Usmanov might manage Arsenal. There are a few statements from Usmanov, and there is LOTS of supposition by “fans”. No data.

    Deeds not words.

  5. Gord


    Regardless of the price per share, a large sum of Berkshire Hathaway shares are worth more than a large sum of Arsenal shares.

  6. MickHazel

    The big guns are being brought to bear on us.
    Officials for Saturday….
    Referee: Martin Atkinson
    Linesmen: S Child and S Burt
    Fourth Official: C Pawson

  7. Brickfields Gunners

    While we may not yet know his motives for shifting bases , be it legal, economic or just for safety reasons , the Swiss will probably be keeping a close watch on him.
    Which cannot be all that bad . But then again , ‘The best laid plans of men and mice…’ , have led to some funny fails and falls .
    Here are some more funny failures .

    Hilarious Laws which you may not have studied in schools:

    1. *Law of equality :*
    The time taken by a wife when she says I’ll get ready in 5 minutes is exactly equal to the time taken by husband when he says ‘I’ll cal you in 5 minutes!

    2.*Law of Queue:*
    If you change queues, the one you have left will start to move faster than the one you are in now.

    3.*Law of Telephone:*
    When you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy tone.

    4. *Law of Mechanical Repair:*
    After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch.

    5. *Law of the Workshop:*
    Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

    6.*Bath Theorem:*
    When the body is immersed in water, the telephone rings.

    7.*Law of Encounters:*
    The probability of meeting someone you know increases when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.

    8. *Law of the Result:*
    When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, it will.

    9.*Law of Bio mechanics:*
    The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

    10. *Theater Rule:*
    People with the seats at the farthest from the entry arrive last.

    11. *Law of Coffee:*
    As soon as you sit down for a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

    12. *Law of Proposal :*
    After you accept a proposal you will get a better one…

    13.*Law of getting late*
    When you reach early for something it will never start on time.

    14. *Law of exam*
    If you didn’t read a page which is of least importance, first question will be from that page only.

    For me number 4 often plagues me . Just when I have put on gloves for some procedure or other , my nose starts to itch , or starts to run ! And often number 11, too ! Number 14 – I got it double barrel in my first year MBBS exams – so much for my skill in ‘spotting exam questions’!

    And am sure Tony has often mentioned number 10 , at the Ems !

  8. Tony Attwood

    Oleg: the ownership of the shares doesn’t seem to me to be the point. Moshiri seems to have wanted to ditch the shares so that he could become involved in Everton, and Usmanov bought them as an investment. They still give him now power, and have made no difference to Usmanov’s standing within the club.

    However his move to Switzerland and his decision to declare himself resident for tax purposes, restricts his ability to spend time in England.

    There is a difference between planning for a takeover, and buying shares for an investment, in my view.

  9. Mike T

    Far too simplistic look at an individual’s obligations in terms of where and how they pay tax. Before you even get to where someone pays tax you have to look at things such as where their vital interests are held . Irrespective there are agreements and protocols in place which avoid double taxation meaning that when determing liabilities under Swiss /Russian/UK taxation regulations taxes paid elsewhere are factored in.
    Having read documents published by Kronke when he launched his bid for total control of Arsenal I personally would be more concerned as to the likelihood of Usmanonov actually selling his shares and what that would potentially mean in terms of the assets, including cash reserves .

  10. porter

    Where he is domiciled is of little importance . His private jet can be in and out of London in a couple of hours so his position with The Arsenal doesn’t change. Kroenke will stay as long as he wants and will only sell should things turn for the worse. Should he eventually buy Usmanov out, I would be more worried about an abuse of power. I would prefer to see a more even mix of shareholders all having a say in the clubs running but I can’t see Stan releasing his grip on the cash cow that The Arsenal is.

  11. Sammy The Snake

    You seems to think getting a seat in the director’s box can make up for being denied a seat on the board of directors!!!
    Whatever we all think of the man, his shares should grant him a seat on the board, and perhaps a measure of “checks & balances” against Stan.

  12. Notoverthehill

    The Arsenal AGM was interesting, because Sir Chips held over 79% proxies!

    This could only be, because some of Red & White shares were included in the number of proxies. QED.

    The late and lead director for the move to The Emirates, resided for tax (and health) purposes in Switzerland.

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