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What the papers say: Alisher Usmanov's deals with the dead

With no news coming out of club football this week, the nation's sports hacks have turned detective to reveal that billionaire businessman Alisher Usmanov is trying to buy up all the stakes of Arsenal shareholders who have passed away. The man is obviously serious in his takeover ambitions.

Here’s what the main dailies are saying:

The Sun - Alisher is dead set on Arsenal
Alisher Usmanov, the Russian billionaire trying to get hold of Arsenal, has adopted a macabre tactic — plundering the dead. Usmanov, who has a 23 per cent stake in the Gunners, is attempting to buy all the shares owned by folk who have died.

The Times - Arsene Wenger on a roll, statistically speaking
Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is “addicted to statistics” and uses technical data to back up his instincts when signing players. Wenger was speaking in his role as an ambassador for Castrol, a sponsor for Euro 2008, which is developing the Castrol Performance Index, a system for analysing team and player performance, based on real-time data from the new Uefa Tracking System.

The Mirror - Usmanov's Arsenal share bid
Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov is trying to raise his Arsenal takeover bid from the dead. Metals tycoon Usmanov, who currently has a 23 per cent stake in the club, is trying to buy up shares owner by deceased shareholders.

The Telegraph - Alisher Usmanov to raise stake at Arsenal
Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov will step up his bid to launch a takeover at Arsenal by buying shares off deceased shareholders. It is thought that under one per cent of shares are owned by people who have passed away, but could play a crucial part in the power struggle at Arsenal.

The Daily Mail - I'll be No 1 again soon, insists Lehmann
Jens Lehmann believes he is on the verge of reclaiming his Arsenal goalkeeping place and is convinced there will be no way back for his deputy Manuel Almunia.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on October 12, 2007 11:16 AM in News
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