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Mon Apr 21 16:56:58 SAST 2014

Usmanov burns Arsenal board

TEAMtalk Media | 07 August, 2012 13:370 Comments
Arsenal FC Training Session in China
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gives instructions to his players at a training session during the club's pre-season Asian tour at the Olympic Sports Centre on July 26, 2012 in Beijing, China
Image by: Lintao Zhang / Getty Images

Alisher Usmanov insists behind-the-scenes politicking at Arsenal is hampering a club he wholeheartedly believes is 'the best in the world'.

The Gunners' second-biggest shareholder behind American Stan Kroenke, Usamanov has never shied away from criticising the Premier League outfit's board of directors.

Last month, the billionaire penned a scathing open letter lambasting the club's decision-makers, with the Russian business magnate now going on the attack once again.

With the north Londoners heading into the new season having yet to lift a trophy since 2005, Usmanov has urged the board to put the interests of Arsene Wenger's side above their own.

"We do not consider just qualifying for the Champions League to be the chief ambition of the club, and with all our hearts we support the team and wish them well for the new season," he told Forbes Magazine's Russian edition.

"Victory is absolutely not ruled out, but the current politics of the club's management will leave Arsene Wenger and his team with fewer and fewer opportunities in the long run."

Usmanov, however, is adamant his desire to see the Gunners succeed will inspire him to continue to make his presence felt at the Emirates Stadium.

"I am a fan and I am not going to sell these shares at any time, since this is the club that I consider the best in the world," the 58-year-old added.

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