The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust has stated it might oppose any strikes to take the membership into unmarried possession as a personal corporate.
And in a observation issued this afternoon, Usmanov has poured chilly water on any perception he could also be about to finish his affiliation with the Gunners.
“In recent days there has been speculation relating to a possible offer for my 30 per cent stake in Arsenal. As part of that I can understand the anxiety that these rumours are causing to the fans as reflected by the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust,” Usmanov stated.
“In light of this, I would like to be clear that I am not holding any talks with Mr Kroenke about a sale.”
Reports had claimed Kroenke Sports Enterprise UK used to be set to be offering £525million to purchase the 18,695 stocks held by way of Usmanov’s Red and White Securities Limited.
Despite being the 2d biggest particular person shareholder in the Premier League membership, Usmanov has no longer been given a seat on the board, main to ideas the Russian businessmen could also be bearing in mind his long-term choices.
Usmanov has up to now made a proper £1billion bid to purchase out Kroenke as the fight for keep an eye on at Arsenal rumbled on.
In May 2017, Kroenke’s company automobile re-affirmed its place that the “shares are not, and never have been, for sale”, including that the organisation used to be “a committed, long-term investor in Arsenal and will remain so”.
Usmanov has advised he could be open to discussion with Kroenke over the course of the membership in an strive to forge “a positive partnership”, although.
“My passion in Arsenal from the starting used to be long run and my goal has all the time been to purchase further stocks must they develop into to be had,” Usmanov added.
“This I did with the acquire of the stake of my trade spouse Farhad Moshiri with which I higher my shareholding from 15 in line with cent to 30 in line with cent, and likewise with my proposed be offering for the stake of the majority shareholder which valued the membership at some £2bn. That be offering stays legitimate these days.
“I’ve all the time been and can proceed to be an ardent supporter of Arsenal and I see my 30 in line with cent stake as a very powerful side in protective the highest pursuits of the enthusiasts in the membership.
“It has been neatly documented that I haven’t any say in the operating of the membership, that my perspectives fluctuate from the ones of the majority shareholder and that I might take a unique means to turning in footballing luck.
“I would like to assure supporters that I am open to various future scenarios – a constructive partnership with the majority shareholder, the purchase of his stake either alone or in a consortium, or if a party appears who shares my and undoubtedly the majority of fans’ vision for the club, I could consider the question of selling my stake.”
Usmanov’s observation used to be broadly welcomed by way of Arsenal enthusiasts.
Former striker Ian Wright had previous claimed the membership “must be protected from Kroenke”, earlier than including a next submit on his legitimate Twitter account linking to the news of the announcement from the Russian with the remark “Now we just need to get Kroenke out. £Kroenkeout”.
On the pitch, Arsene Wenger’s aspect have recovered from two successive Premier League defeats with a seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions.