As the controversial crisis at Arsenal Football Club grows, many fans are bemused as to how the club is going to recover from the recent events..
As the controversial crisis at Arsenal Football Club grows, many fans are bemused as to how the club is going to recover from the recent events at the Emirates.
The news of club icon Robin Van Persie's desire to abandon the sinking ship of Arsenal had outraged Uzbek oil tycoon Alisher Usmanov who holds a large share in the club. Uzmanov's statement on the events was later leaked by the club causing anarchy amongst the club. Uzmanov and partner Farhad Moshiri, who own just under 30% of the club had released in an open letter that the clubs current regime of "tight finances" is resulting in club manager Arsene Wenger being forced into selling the teams star players. "This policy is leading to the loss of our best players, often to our main competitors, and even causes the players themselves to question their future at the club and the clubs ambitions".
With the recent loss of midfield talisman Cesc Fabregas, can Arsenal withstand another fatal blow to their squad? The club themselves have made it clear that they will not allow Van Persie to leave the club, but this will only result in their club captain being unhappy there and leaving for a cut price in either January or next summer. Arsenal FC may be forced into cashing in on the Dutchman sooner than they'd hoped with premier league champions Manchester City already expressing an interest in last years PFA player of the year and top goal scorer.
And with the imminent departure of RVP, Arsene Wenger could also be faced with losing another key player in Theo Walcott who has also refused to sign another contract. After a strong tournament for England in EURO 2012; Walcott could follow in his close friends footsteps out the door with champions of Europe Chelsea quick to show an interest in the pacey winger. Walcott had said that his decision to sign a new contract with Arsenal would rely heavily on the decision of Van Persie and as the case has been in recent years for Arsenal they're struggling to keep key players on their books. With ex gunners such as Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri, Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure all making the trip up north to the Etihad Stadium, could RVP's fate already be sealed?
The obvious problem for Arsenal is their failure to sign big name players to add to their already talented roster. Since the departure of legend Thierry Henry; Fabregas and Van Persie were left to carry an average team, a burden which could only be carried for so long. With the signing of Lukas Podolski from FC Koln and talented striker Olivier Giroud, they seem to be taking small steps in the right direction but it could be too little too late for Arsene who fans have begun tired of over the last few seasons. The stubborn Frenchman has failed to deliver silverware to the club which inevitably is driving players away. Usmanov is keen to take the majority control of Arsenal football club, and in leaking his letter of concern in Kroenke's running of the club has got fans on board as he has expressed the will to spend big to attract players.