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Arsenal powerbroker Usmanov: 10-year trophy drought due to board

Arsenal's second highest shareholder Alisher Usmanov believes they're now ready to make up for lost time.

Usmanov believes Arsenal could have tasted success earlier if they'd adopted a different strategy when they moved from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium in 2006.

Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie were among the main high-casualty departures as the Gunners looked to balance the books.

"The board and main shareholders chose the debt option at the time, which led to Arsenal going almost 10 years without winning a domestic title or the Champions League," he told the Telegraph.

"The first trophy only arrived in the 10th year. As a result of this choice, they were selling players and were unable to buy top players.

"These difficulties have now been overcome and the team is in a good state; the club's finances are in order and I believe that Arsene Wenger and the club's CEO [Ivan Gazidis] will manage them correctly."

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