Usmanov slams Arsenal board
Uzbek billionaire Alisher Usmanov has slammed the Arsenal board for the Premier League club's failure to win a major trophy in any of the past six seasons.sports Updated: Jun 13, 2011 00:25 IST
Uzbek billionaire Alisher Usmanov has slammed the Arsenal board for the Premier League club's failure to win a major trophy in any of the past six seasons.
Usmanov, 57, who is not a Gunners director despite owning 30 percent of the club's parent company, said too many board members were blinded by their own self-interest and said he did not wish to serve on such a board.
"If the role of a board member is to oversee a trophyless period, while making significant personal profits and asking fans to pay inflation-busting ticket price increases then, no, I would not want to be on the board," Usmanov said.
"In terms of doing things differently, let me give you a very clear example. Arsenal has all of its major commercial contracts coming up for renewal in the next couple of years. To maximise the value of those you want to be winning trophies. To do that you need to invest now in building a winning team."
City ponder Sanchez move
Manchester City are set to make an offer for Udinese's Chile forward Alexis Sanchez that could be worth £34 million ($55 million), according to a report in Britain's Sunday Times.
It said City executives were due to fly out to Italy on Monday and were ready to improve an offer of £22.1 million ($35.8 million) for the 22-year-old which has already been turned down by the Serie A side.
Loew to experiment before Euro 2012
Germany coach Joachim Loew said Sunday he will experiment with his first-choice team to build on his side's World Cup performance as the Germans look to win the European crown for the fourth time.
With Euro 2012, to be hosted by the Ukraine and Poland, set to start in Warsaw on June 8 next year, Germany are ten-points clear at the top of their qualifying group and virtually assured a place.