Just came across this Evening Standard cutting from 29 February 2008. Much has changed behind the scenes at Arsenal since. Even by this time David Dein had been ostracised and sold his shares to Usmanov, making Usmanov at the time the largest shareholder. But some of the other comments are telling.
The AST five years ago – pre-Kroenke takeover, obviously – was still praising the club for being well-run! Those were the days.
Early 2008 was also the time of the Eduardo injury, so Arsenal’s season was soon derailed with no assistance required from billionaire eastern Europeans.
In many ways it is amazing to think that Usmanov has taken five years to get from a 24 per cent holding to his current 29.99 per cent. Is he serious about this, or what? Per moves at a faster rate. Fabianski shows more decisiveness at corners.
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