Kroenke: My Arsenal shares not for sale

Ross Houston
May 25, 2017

Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has had a $1.3 billion bid to take full control of Arsenal rejected by owner Stan Kroenke, a person familiar with the offer said Friday.

Media sources in the United Kingdom understands Usmanov is not willing to give up on his desire to become Arsenal's majority shareholder, despite having a £1bn offer for Stanley Kroenke's 67 per cent stake in the club turned down.

'KSE is a committed, long term investor in Arsenal and will remain so.' Arsenal legend Thierry Henry blasted Kroenke for his statement saying: 'It's just amusing how when people talk about his company and if it's for sale or not for sale, we have a statement straight away about it.

The Missouri native has never been well-liked by the Arsenal faithful, who have protested his ownership several times, even starting a petition in 2016 to "stop Stan Kroenke destroying Arsenal Football Club".

Arsene Wenger, on the other hand, has not revealed his plans for the future as he stated after the team's victory over Sunderland that he would only reveal his plans for the future after the end of the season.

"It is the technical department who is responsible for that".

Arsenal will play in the Europa League for the first time next season and missing out on Europe's premier tournament may not sit well with their star players. "I don't see what he has to do with that".

"Overall I believe we played since January in a very hard environment for different reasons", Wenger said.

Also find out if Henry believes Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will commit their futures to the club despite the fact they would miss out on playing in Europe's elite club competition by staying with the Gunners. The board of directors is likely to announce his fate after next weekend's FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea.

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