Alisher Usmanov: 'Thierry Henry backs me to take over Arsenal'

Thierry Henry
© PA Photos
Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov reveals that Thierry Henry has told him to take full control of the Premier League club.

Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has revealed that Gunners legend Thierry Henry has backed the businessman to take full control of the North-London club.

Usmanov, who holds the second-largest stake in the Premier League outfit, has publicly criticised manager Arsene Wenger on a number of occasions and has taken a fresh swipe at the Frenchman's transfer policy.

"I like many footballers, and I'm in contact with some of them," Usmanov told L'Equipe. "Perhaps my favourite of the last 10, 15 years is Thierry Henry. He's pushing me to buy all of Arsenal's shares but I cannot predict the future.

"The greatest achievement of Arsene Wenger is to have created two teams - the one that now plays for our rivals and the one that is trying to be among the best in the Premier League."

Ashley Cole, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie have been among those that have been sold to the club's rivals during Wenger's tenure.

Arsene Wenger
Read Next:
Usmanov fears for Arsenal success
>

Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Arsenal00000000
2Bournemouth00000000
3Burnley00000000
4Chelsea00000000
5Crystal Palace00000000
6Everton00000000
7Hull City00000000
8Leicester CityLeicester00000000
9Liverpool00000000
10Manchester CityMan City00000000
11Manchester UnitedMan Utd00000000
12Middlesbrough00000000
13Southampton00000000
14Stoke CityStoke00000000
15Sunderland00000000
16Swansea CitySwansea00000000
17Tottenham HotspurSpurs00000000
18Watford00000000
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom00000000
20West Ham UnitedWest Ham00000000
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand