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Has Arsenal chief set ball rolling to sack Wenger?

The co-owner of Arsenal, Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, has not got a place on the board of Arsenal, even though he would dearly love one and is second only to Stan Kroenke in how much of the club he owns. So that means he has no direct control or say in the running of the club.

In reality, however, when someone like that who owns over 30 percent of a club has something to say about the running of it, people tend to listen. Usmanov has done that before, of course, criticising the lack of investment in players. But yesterday he turned his attention to Arsene Wenger for the first time, suggesting that it was the manager’s philosophy and transfer policy that was to blame for our struggles.

Usmanov urges Arsenal to SPEND SOME MONEY!

Arsenal’s second largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov has been very quiet about the club in the last year or two, but now with the Gunners languishing in 8th place in the Premier League he has spoken out and urged Arsene Wenger to spend money on reinforcing the squad.

“My opinion – and I tell it openly – we need to strengthen every position to play on the level of such teams in (the) U.K. as Chelsea and Manchester City, in Europe like Real (Madrid), Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, (Bayern Munich) and other clubs,” he told CNBC.

Arsenal and the Board don’t have the passion to be Champions

Arsenal Collapse by SG

I have been an Arsenal fan ever since they dominated English football, became the ‘invincibles’ and inspired a generation of young fans. In stark contrast now Arsenal has withered away and is clinging on to the past that was and the reputation of being a massive contender. Sadly Arsenal really have regressed year after year. It is clear that the top teams in Europe are way beyond the footballing ability of Arsenal.

Wenger is a Deluded Dictator that has lost the Arsenal Dressing Room

I Have No Idea What I Am Doing! – by ES

One of the most enduring images we all have is that of George Bush as the leader of the free world sitting, clueless about what to do next, in a nursery school reading stories to children for 15 minutes after being told that planes had been flown into the Twin Towers.

That is how he will be remembered by posterity, a clueless fool with no grip on reality and completely out of his depth.

Market Forces – And why Arsenal SHOULD NOT sack Wenger

Should Arsene Wenger be sacked? by TB

I guess it is a sign of the times that ‘football’ is likened to ‘trading’ as a fellow ‘results business’. The Casino Economy meets The Premier League – even at the Arsenal!

It’s all about winners and losers after the Market paradigm, Murdoch’s Sky TV and Global Capital marched into town. Whilst there are clear benefits generated by all this – after all, how else would we have Arsene Wenger and his unique contribution to football with Thierry Henri, Pires, Vieira et al right up to today with stars in waiting Alexis, Ozil, Ramsey and all our talented youngsters – I believe there is also something very unsavoury about it. Something fundamental to the soul of football is lost in this ugly process.

Is it FEAR stopping Arsenal from replacing Wenger?

The chief executive of Arsenal Football Club Ivan Gazidis has been speaking about the Gunners and about our manager Arsene Wenger. And Gazidis’ words on the longest serving manager in the Premier League by a mile, as well as giving the Frenchman all the credit he deserves for what he has dome for the Gunners, also suggest to me that one of the reasons that the frustration of large numbers of Arsenal fans about the boss have not led to us changing managers is the fear of what comes next.

Arsenal fans shafted by silent Stan…again!!

Are any of us Arsenal fans really all that surprised to hear that to club’s owner, or major shareholder, has done something that indicates once again that he sees the club as nothing more than a part of his global business empire and the Arsenal fans as cash cows to be milked regularly?

The latest from our mate, silent Stan Kroenke, is that the American billionaire has taken around £3million out of the club as a dividend payment, something that was suggested would never happen. According to the report in The Guardian, the money was paid to one of Kroenke’s companies for so called `strategic and advisory` services. I wonder if this advice included selling your best players and replacing them with cheaper versions.

Wow! Arsenal reward Wenger with 3 year deal and £100m transfer kitty

It seems there is no doubt at all in the minds of the Arsenal hierarchy that Arsene Wenger is the man to bring the glory days back to the Gunners. The fact that a contract offer has been on the table for some time shows that Silent Stan Kroenke, Ivan Gazidis, Sir Chips Keswick and anyone else with a say, did not have to see the Frenchman steer Arsenal to FA cup glory this season, but I think the manager and players did need it.

How can Arsenal make the most of £100m transfer budget

Who do we bring in with £100 million? by KJ

It has been reported that Stan Kroenke has sanctioned a transfer kitty of £100 million for Arsene Wenger to spend this summer. I don’t know if this is a ploy to get Arsene to stay or whether it is a genuine statement by Kroenke to signal Arsenal’s intentions this summer. Either way, it is a great amount of money to spend in the summer and there aren’t too many positions we have to fill until we have a team that can consistently challenge for the title next season. So how do we spend that £100 million?

Is Arsenal owner in town for Wenger contract or BIG money transfers?

Arsene Wenger close to signing new Arsenal deal! by Ash

At the end of this season, Arsene Wenger would have completed his 18th season in charge of the Gunners having joined back in 1996. The Frenchman has gone on to win numerous trophies with the club including the elusive Premier League trophy.

Under Wenger, Arsenal have won the English League on two notable occasions, firstly at White Hart Lane and then in Arsenal’s invincible season of 2003/04. These are just two occasions in which Wenger has proved his worth to the club not to mention the FA Cups and League Cups we have also won under him. Although Arsenal have never won the Champions League, a trophy that continues to elude him, more worrying is the fact that Arsenal are currently on an eight year trophy-less streak.

Is Kroenke finally focused on trophies for Arsenal?

It has seemed to many Arsenal fans for some time now that the majority shareholder Stan Kroenke was more concerned about running Arsenal Football Club as a profitable business rather than a successful club on the pitch. An eight year wait for a trophy, while seeing the best players like Fabregas, Cole, Nasri and van Persie sold for one reason or another, did nothing to distract from this opinion.

Why it’s TOO SOON for Arsenal to give Wenger new contract

Wenger should not be given new contract yet by Dave N

Do Arsenal play in red and white? I wonder sometimes because everything seems either black or white with us at the minute. One minute, Wenger has lost the plot, his passion and any tactical awareness he once had. He was an accountant, a tool of the board, and many fans and football experts thought he should leave Arsenal.

Just a month or so later, and he is a tactical genius, the best manager in England, if not the universe. The Mirror reports that he is set to be offered a bumper new thee year deal, and everyone thinks it is a brilliant idea, except me.