Usmanov bid ‘great’, something has to change at Arsenal – Wright

Arsenal need a billionaire like Alisher Usmanov to move forward, says Ian Wright


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Metal magnate Alisher Usmanov owns 30% of Arsenal shares

Arsenal need the spending power of a billionaire such as Alisher Usmanov in order to move to the next level, says Gunners legend Ian Wright.


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Uzbek-born Russian Usmanov has made a £1bn bid to take full control of the Gunners, but majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has shown no interest in it. “He has put in the bid and it is great news,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 live.

“Something has to change, whether it is the

manager Arsene Wenger or whether it is the

board upstairs.”

Arsenal need other teams to slip up in

Sunday’s final round of matches to avoid

missing out on Champions League

qualification for the first time in 21 years.

Wenger, who has been manager since 1996,

has been the target of protests from some of

the club’s fans.

The Frenchman’s future at the club will be

decided at a board meeting after Arsenal meet

Chelsea in the FA Cup final on 27 May.

Wenger future to be revealed after cup final

“It is not looking good for Arsenal at the

moment,” Wright told 5 live’s Friday Football


“They may be out of the Champions League –

something they are not used to – and they

have to beat one of the best Chelsea sides I

have seen for a long time in the FA Cup final

to try and get something from the season.

“Where are they going to sign players from?

Who is going to want to come to Arsenal

instead of anywhere else in London? At the

moment, they are not an attractive


“We are already missing out on the managers

we are supposedly interested in and we are

going to start missing out on the kind of

players that are going to be available and

want to play in the Premier League.

“Top players may want to leave. Too much is

up in the air.

“Something has got to happen for Arsenal to

go to that next level. This bid will galvanise

the fans.”

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