Arsenal Man Tops The Rich List - Not That It Does The Club Much Good

No Pot Of Gold

Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has today been unveiled in the Sunday Times Rich List as the wealthiest man in Britain, with an estimated fortune of £13.3bn.

But as rich as he is, he has still been unable to get a seat on the Arsenal board. The club, you see, doesn't want anything to do with Usmanov or his money (which he has confirmed he would gladly make available in the event that he was given a seat at the table).

Unlike Arsenal's majority-owner Stan Kroenke (estimated fortune - £3.3bn), Usmanov will often be seen at the Emirates watching the team.

So, a man who is wealthier than the Glazers, who own Manchester United, and Chelsea's Roman Abramovitch, is preluded from helping the club he clearly loves find success again on the field.

Over the last 8 years, with the help of their wealth benefactors (rich guys who are actually willingly to put their hands in their pockets), Manchester United have won 5 Premier League titles (including this campaign), 3 League Cups, 4 Community Shields, 1 European Champions League and 1 FIFA World Club Cup. And Chelsea have bagged 2 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 1 Football League Cup, 1 Community Shield and 1 European Champions League title.

Arsenal, of course, have won nothing. And the moral of the story is..... 

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