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Reports: Arsenal Decide Against Hiring New ‘Director Of Football’ After Stern Resistance From Arsene Wenger

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In the wake of Arsene Wenger agreeing his new two-year contract extension, Arsenal fans were promised a full review of the club's on and off pitch activity to "identify areas for improvement to build a sustained title challenge."

The review was taken as the"catalyst for change" as promised by shareholderAlisher Usmanov a month or so prior, with Arsenal as an organisation appearing to finally twig that something had to change in order for their fortunes to improve likewise.

Usmanov not giving up on Arsenal – Please make Kroenke an offer he can’t refuse!

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The Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has let it be understood that there is no way that he is going to give up on taking over Arsenal from Stan Kroenke, despite his opening offer of one billion GBP being turned down by the American. His company released a statement saying: "KSE UK, Inc notes the recent [.

Kroenke makes it clear Arsenal is NOT for sale

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Arsenal fans were left "galvanised", to quote legend Ian Wright there, at the fact that rumours suggested Alisher Usmanov had made a bid to buy out Stan Kroenke's shares at Arsenal. Kroenke is a disliked figure around the Emirates, often criticised for his lack of commitment and investment into Arsenal Football Club.

Stan Kroenke rules out Arsenal sale

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London (AFP) – Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke responded Monday to speculation about a possible takeover by insisting his company KSE UK’s shares in the English Premier League club “are not, and never have been for sale”.

In a brief statement to the London Stock Exchange, headlined “Response to media speculation”, KSE said: “KSE UK Inc notes the recent media speculation concerning its shareholding in Arsenal Holdings PLC and confirms that its shares are not, and never have been, for sale.

Stan Kroenke rules out Arsenal sale

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London (AFP) – Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke responded Monday to speculation about a possible takeover by insisting his company KSE UK’s shares in the English Premier League club “are not, and never have been for sale”.

In a brief statement to the London Stock Exchange, headlined “Response to media speculation”, KSE said: “KSE UK Inc notes the recent media speculation concerning its shareholding in Arsenal Holdings PLC and confirms that its shares are not, and never have been, for sale.

Breaking News: Stan Kroenke issues statement following Usmanov bid

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Arsenal: Alisher Usmanov Lodges (And Reportedly Fails) With £1bn Bid To Buy Out Stan Kroenke

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It's being reported that Alisher Usmanov, the Russian billionaire who owns a minority stake in Arsenal, has lodged a $1.3billion (approx. £1billion) bid to buy out his rival shareholder, Stan Kroenke.

Usmanov currently owns 30% of the club as opposed to Kroenke, who owns a controlling 67% stake in the Gunners.

Arsenal shareholder makes $1.3bn bid to take over Arsenal

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Usmanov makes bid to buy Arsenal — report

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London (AFP) – Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has made a $1.3 billion (£998 million, 1.1 billion euros) bid to take control of Arsenal from rival majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, according to a Financial Times report on Friday.

Uzbekistan-born Usmanov owns 30 percent of the Premier League club and is said to have recently made the offer in a letter to Kroenke, who controls a 67 per cent stake.

Usmanov makes bid to buy Arsenal — report

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London (AFP) – Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has made a $1.3 billion (£998 million, 1.1 billion euros) bid to take control of Arsenal from rival majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, according to a Financial Times report on Friday.

Uzbekistan-born Usmanov owns 30 percent of the Premier League club and is said to have recently made the offer in a letter to Kroenke, who controls a 67 per cent stake.

Usmanov: Kroenke should take “huge responsibility” for the club’s struggles

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Usmanov wants answers at the AGM

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It's the day of the Arsenal Annual General Meeting.. The day when shareholders and other interested parties get to ask questions of the owner, board of directors and manager. Whether any of those questions is rewarded with a full and frank answer is open to doubt.

It was reported in the press yesterday that Alisher Usmanov, Arsenal's second largest shareholder, has written to Stan Kroenke seeking a detailed explanation why, for the second year running, Arsenal have paid a sum of £3 million to Kroenke Sports and Entertainment.

Nigerian billionaire wants to buy Arsenal

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Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote claims he still harbors hopes of one day buying Arsenal.

The Nigerian has an estimated fortune of $15 billion (£10.4billion) and is reported to have wanted to buy into the Gunners when former director Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith was selling her shares in 2010.

Nigerian billionaire wants to buy Arsenal

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Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote claims he still harbors hopes of one day buying Arsenal.

The Nigerian has an estimated fortune of $15 billion (£10.4billion) and is reported to have wanted to buy into the Gunners when former director Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith was selling her shares in 2010.

Arsenal set to hold talks for £25m Chelsea and United target

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Arsenal set to hold talks for £25m Chelsea and United target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

according to eminent Italian journalist Tancredi Palermi (who has cited Corriere dello Sport), Arsenal are set to hold talks with Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini for a possible summer transfer for striker Paulo Dybala.

Arsene Wenger Needs to Learn From His Mistakes, Says Alisher Usmanov

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Arsenal's second largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov has told Arsene Wenger to start learning from his mistakes and claims the Gunners need to strengthen the entire team to compete with the best in Europe.

The Russian billionaire, who owns 30 per cent of the club, was keen to emphasize his admiration for Wenger but believes the Frenchman is letting his principles stand in the way of Arsenal's success.

Arsene Wenger Needs to Learn From His Mistakes, Says Alisher Usmanov

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Arsenal's second largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov has told Arsene Wenger to start learning from his mistakes and claims the Gunners need to strengthen the entire team to compete with the best in Europe.

The Russian billionaire, who owns 30 per cent of the club, was keen to emphasize his admiration for Wenger but believes the Frenchman is letting his principles stand in the way of Arsenal's success.

Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov: ‘Arsene Wenger doesn’t learn from his mistakes’

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Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov criticizes Arsene Wenger’s transfer policy

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Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has criticized Arsene Wenger's transfer dealings, saying the club needs to strengthen in "every position" to challenge Europe's top clubs.

I know you got soul

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Football's loss of soul in the face of corporatisation is not a new concern. It is as old as the game itself. In the transition between the 19th and 20th centuries, many football clubs realised that they could not survive as an amateur interest. Some compromised their principles and battled the authorities to throw off the manacles of amateurism.

Top Five Transfer Rumors of the Week

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Wayne Rooney

With the departure of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, it seems that Manchester United's next biggest star may be on his way out as well. According to The Guardian, Wayne Rooney could be on his way out of Manchester this summer and the latest reports site Arsenal of all places as a possible destination.

Guardiola stands in United’s way in the transfer window

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Wayne Rooney could be on his way to Arsenal, today's papers report, after Alisher Usmanov, the Gunners' second-biggest shareholder, has urged Arsene Wenger to break the bank for the United striker, despite being on the verge of securing a £22m deal for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. The Mirror is just one of the papers [.

Chill out, dude-eks

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So it's Friday. Another week heads towards its end without anything of any real substance happening. I'm still calm, cool and collected. It's way too early in the summer to start getting jittery just yet, but of course it would be nice if something happened just because something would be a bit more lively than nothing.

What if Alisher Usmanov had put £100m into Arsenal rather than Apple?

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Arsenal are currently smack-bang in the middle of a civil war. In one corner is Stan Kroenke, the Gunners' majority shareholder and the subject of much fan criticism for his passive ownership of the club.

Alisher Usmanov Once Again Slams Arsenal’s Lack Of Ambition

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Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has once again launched an attack on the way the club is run. The Uzbekistan tycoon has claimed majority shareholder Stan Kroenke "doesn't show any wish" to create a winning team at the Emirates.

"The team has no superstars now," said Usmanov who also claimed that should the team finish fourth then Kroenke "would probably be happy".

Backpage Roundup: Usmanov Named Richest Man in UK, Wenger Admits Gunners Were Fortunate, Mertesacker Ugly but Effective and More

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Usmanov Named Richest Man in UK

Arsenal co-owner Alisher Usmanov is now the richest man in the United Kingdom, according to the freshly published Sunday Times Rich List 2013.

The 59-year-old Russian businessman, whose personal wealth is estimated at £13.

Arsenal’s Stan Kroenke named sixth most-powerful person in sports

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Arsenal's majority owner Stan Kroenke may rub many Arsenal supporters the wrong way due to his alleged penny-pinching and thrifty ways, but he must be doing something right. The 65-year-old was just recently named as the sixth most powerful person in the world of sports by the renowned Sports Illustrated magazine.

Usmanov – I don’t want a place on the Arsenal Board, I just love the club!

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The second biggest Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has made an interview which seems to be a peace offering to Stan Kroenke in which he declares that he has never petitioned for a place on the Arsenal Board, but just wants the club to stop selling their best players and so increase their chances of winning a trophy.

Transfer deadline not frustrating considering Arsenal's reality

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Having made a cursory tour of the blogosphere and the attendant media the common emotion one picks up after Arsenal's no show at yesterday's transfer deadline is that of frustration, of disbelief, and a sense of resignation that once again what seems so obvious to us is lost on the manager and the boardroom.

Usmanov the mark

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Alisher Usmanov. (Wikipedia)

Another week, another negative Arsenal article.

And, again, it revolves around the comments of shareholder Alisher Usmanov, who gave an interview to Forbes magazine critical of the board. He told the publication that decision making is holding the team back, stating, "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.

Hill-Wood: It doesn’t make sense to put money into Arsenal!

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Arsenal board show how out of touch they really are.. by BA. "It's not as if we've been relegated" said Peter Hill-Wood, showing the average Arsenal fan just how much he cares about being a trophy winning club. Alisher Usmanov and his Red and White group have opened a can of worms by writing an [...]

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Man Utd and Chelsea could miss out on duo after major development

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Man Utd and Chelsea could miss out on duo after major development - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everton have announced that Farhad Moshiri will become the majority shareholder at the Merseyside club.

The British-Iranian businessman purchased a 49.9% stake in the Premier League club and the deal was confirmed by Everton this weekend.

Is our chrilden learning?

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Euro 2012 brought on a kind of pleasant footballing dialysis. We were largely starved of Arsenal related news but the tournament acted as a valve while the toxins of 2011-12 ebbed away. That now seems a life time ago. Two open letters have set off a klaxon of debate and conjecture in the Goonerverse.

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Possibly the most awesome blog ever written*

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We'll have a press conference later today as Arsene Wenger prepares his team for tomorrow night's Champions League game with Borussia Dortmund. It's a game from which we really have to get something – not just in terms of our European ambitions, but for the team in general as we head into a hectic period of fixtures.

Possibly the most awesome blog ever written*

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We'll have a press conference later today as Arsene Wenger prepares his team for tomorrow night's Champions League game with Borussia Dortmund. It's a game from which we really have to get something – not just in terms of our European ambitions, but for the team in general as we head into a hectic period of fixtures.

Zooooooom pnewwwwww vssssssssshhhh

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Football moves fast. No doubt about it. One day you're the king of the hill, the next you're David Bentley. And nobody needs to be David Bentley. Not even David Bentley (I'm told he'd prefer to be David Lee Roth).

Yesterday, we had the Wenger to PSG thing, a story which the journalist in question admitted was being 'reported from the PSG end.

Afobe injury, takeover rubbished + Arsecast 270

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I woke up this morning to terrible news. My application to do a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama was unsuccessful. Although they admire my work, I didn't make the very short list. However, should one of the other students drop out, I will be reconsidered.

Then I remembered that I didn't make any such application and it turns out there's a bloke with the exact same name as me who has, rather carelessly, used my personal Gmail address as his own.

Sp*rs preview: get your cannons out

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Right then, a North London derby to contend with today.

As we know, Bacary Sagna is missing and the manager has to make a decision about Abou Diaby's fitness. I suspect that despite saying he'd pay no special attention to Gareth Bale that our line-up today does consider the threat of the Welshman.

The Rest

New deals for Jack and others; Usmanov and Henry; Arsecast 259

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Morning to you, welcome to Friday and although there's still all kinds of misery stalking the corridors, we can start with some good news.

Jack Wilshere is close to agreeing a new deal with the club, which should make everyone happy. So too is Aaron Ramsey, which will bother some, but I can see why it's happening.

Cazorla makes the Germany trip while Usmanov blunders

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So the team traveled to Germany yesterday for a training camp, which will culminate in a game against FC Koln on Sunday, and there were, reportedly, some interesting voyagers.

Both the BBC and the Mirror report that Santi Cazorla has made the trip which tells you the deal is done and dusted, even if it hasn't been announced yet.