When Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil it was met by shock, appreciation, applause and happiness almost universally amongst the Arsenal society.
The Real Madrid star arrived for a staggering £42.5 million - dwarfing the clubs previous record transfer fee.
It was a deal that would have certainly had one man on the Arsenal board extremely happy - Alisher Usmanov.
The Uzbekistani born Russian industrialist is currently Britain’s richest man - and holds a 30% stake in Arsenal Football Club.
In the past however he has certainly rattled some cages at the club. A self-confessed Arsenal fan he has previously stated his belief that the clubs introverted transfer dealings were affecting their chances of winning titles. He even once stated that if he were the majority shareholder, and not Stan Kroenke, the club would be winning silverware.
He claimed that the American ‘lacked ambition’ and that the sale of Robin Van Persie was counter-productive - especially the fact he was sold to Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Usmanov has been loved and hated by the Arsenal fans - in fact there is still something of a divide on the issue.
But in a rather more pensive interview than usual from the industrialist valued at £13.3 billion he spoke about, among many other things, the signing of Ozil to the BBC - and in a roundabout way claimed slight responsibility for German superstar’s arrival.
"In the past I tell the club that if they want to pretend to be number one in every tournament then they must have best players in the world, and if we don't have them in our squad we need to buy these in the market. Wenger confirmed this by buying, for example Ozil.”
He sounds a bit like Piers Morgan there, right?
He went on to clarify the statement saying that he didn’t think anybody had heard him at the club but that it didn’t matter where the decision to start spending came from - just that…
“…anything that gives to Arsenal, good results, is for us very good news. This is our mission and hope. We wait - I think we begin a new era for Arsenal where we win trophies. It's most important for football, winning trophies. We will be number one."
Could it be that Usmanov could now be coming round to Kroenke and co after the Ozil signing? We shall have to wait and see.
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