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Alisher Usmanov: New Era Will Begin At Arsenal Football Club

Arsenal are having a good time in the transfer window so far as they have secured the services of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and David Ospina. Reportedly, they are still in the market to sign a defensive midfielder. This is indeed a breath of fresh air for the Arsenal fans who used to wait till deadline day to see new players joining the team. Are Arsenal finally ready to challenge for major trophies again? Arsenal’s second-biggest shareholder Alisher Usmanov believes so.

In a recent interview he said,

“I think we begin a new era for Arsenal where we win trophies. That is most important for football,”

“The club is very well placed to succeed.”

“The board and main shareholders chose the debt option at the time, which led to Arsenal going almost 10 years without winning a domestic title or the Champions League,”

“The acquisition was financed with debt, which would be repaid through match-day revenues among other sources.

“There is another way of doing it – when shareholders buy all of the assets and contribute them to the club. As a result, these debt-free assets may generate income for the club.”

“As a result of this choice, they were selling players and were unable to buy top players.”

“I have not had any contact with Mr Kroenke,”

 “I have no plans to exit. I wish Arsenal success and hope that they win trophies.”