By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger insists that ownership issues at Arsenal do not bother him – provided they don’t restrict his control of team matters.
There has been a significant shift in shareholdings in recent months. Stan Kroenke, who joined the Arsenal board last year, is now the largest shareholder with 28.3 per cent of the Club. The American billionaire recently bought stock from director Danny Fiszman and members of the Carr family but remains below the 30 per cent threshold at which he would be obliged to make a takeover bid.
Meanwhile Red & White Holdings Limited, controlled by Uzbeki businessman Alisher Usmanov, own 25 per cent of the Cub, while Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith has a 15.9 per cent stake.
Wenger keeps his eye on off-field manoeuverings but remains detached. After all, what matters to the Frenchman are results on the pitch.
“I am a little bit outside of that [share issues],” said the manager.
“As long as I can run the Club as I want, I don't mind too much what's happening inside.
“The structure of the shareholders has never had any interference with me. Should it have, then it would be a big concern. But it has never happened.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 22 May 2009