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Arsenal shareholder, Alisher Usmanov, says Gunners legend Thierry Henry wants him to buy the London club outright.

Usmanov is the world’s 28th richest person, and he could afford to increase his 29.9% share of Arsenal to 100% with a quick swipe of his platinum credit card.

He says that Henry- who he considers a friend- is campaigning for him to raise his stakes in Arsenal, in order to take the club forward.

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

Usmanov has indicated that if he was in sole control of Arsenal’s resources, their all too common transfer woes would become a thing of the past.

He says he would ensure that Arsenal's purse strings were loosened, so that their best players would not be tempted away from that club, and so that top quality reinforcements could be purchased when needed.

Usmanov says the current majority shareholder at Arsenal, American tycoon Stan Kroenke, does not see things the same way, but that he “hopes he succeeds, even if he doesn't go along with my ideas."

"It's unthinkable that the shareholders get well-paid while, for small clauses in contracts, we lose key players, symbols like Robin van Persie, Mathieu Flamini or Patrick Vieira,” Usmanov explained.

“We should have increased their salaries when they started to be courted, started to look elsewhere. I don't know why we didn't propose that to them."

Uzbek billionaire Usmanov also reasserted his support for Gunners manager, Arsene Wenger, “one of the best coaches in the world.”

According to Usmanov: "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.

"That's why I say it's not enough to merely flatter the coach, but to give him the possibility to buy the best players, superstars. But not just stars, but those chosen by Wenger.”

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