Ian Wright makes direct plea to Arsenal shareholder: Protect us from Stan Kroenke

Arsenal legend Ian Wright urges Alisher Usmanov not to sell his shares to majority owner Stan Kroenke

Arsenal legend Ian Wright Photo: BT Sport

Ian Wright has urged Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov to resist selling his stake in the Gunners to majority investor Stan Kroenke.

The Russian oligarch possesses 27 per cent of Arsenal shares but has failed with multiple attempts to buyout the north London side’s controversial American shareholder.

Kroenke owns 67 per cent of the Gunners’ shares and the American businessman has been regularly criticised for his lack of investment in playing staff over the past decade or so.

The Arsenal board opted to hand Arsene Wenger a new two-year deal in the summer despite the Frenchman leading the Gunners to a disappointing fifth-place finish.

According to reports in the British media on Wednesday, Kroenke had launched an attempt to buy Usmanov’s shares as the Denver Nuggets owner looked to get his hands on 97 per cent of Arsenal.

Indeed, if the Russian businessman decided to sell to Kroenke then the American would be able to buyout the remaining minor shareholders at The Emirates.

Former Arsenal striker Wright sent a direct plea to the Russian billionaire to prevent Kroenke from taking complete control of the north London outfit.

Wright wrote on Twitter: “Arsenal FC is an institution! It’s people’s lives!It must be protected from Kroenke. Usmanov you’re our only hope please do not sell 🙏”

Arsenal were 2-1 winners against Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley last term.

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