Arsenal fans frustrated by their club’s apparent unwillingness to compete financially at the very top of the game have been dealt a slap in the face.
New figures released by Forbes have revealed the incredible wealth of the two leading shareholders at Emirates Stadium.
Majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has a net worth of $7.5billion while Alisher Usmanov, who owns just over 30 percent of the club, has seen his worth rise to $15.2bn – an increase of $3bn on last year.
The combined wealth of the duo makes them worth double that of oil-rich Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who is valued at $9.1bn.
But where the Chelsea own has regularly shown a willingness to dip into his pockets when it comes to wages and the transfer market, Arsenal’s owners have appeared more reluctant.
The Gunners are currently wrangling with their two best players – Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil – over new contracts. They have also seen themselves regularly out-bid in the transfer market in recent years. How much the failure to compete financially with their rivals is an unwillingness from the owners to spend or Arsene Wenger’s reluctance is often unclear.