A solution to all Arsenal's problems

By Avenell Dave

Do you know what the Arsenal motto is?

For those of you who are such new fans that you don't remember the old club crest, it read: "Victoria Concordia Crescit". Victory through harmony.

Teamwork, in other words.

So it struck me, looking at the FourFourTwo Rich List that it's about time the Arsenal Board got together and started making the club as competitive on the field as it is off it.

Granted, even for a non-economist like me, the business model seems sound enough and when the Emirates is paid off and the Queensland Road development and Highbury Square are completed, we will be in one hell of a powerful position.

Things are going well on the pitch at the moment and we look competitive and can score goals all over the park.

But if William Gallas, Thomas Vermaelen or even Alex Song gets injured, we are going to be in a bit of trouble I fear, and with the club on the brink of something special, it seems so avoidable.

Wouldn't it make a lot of sense if the club brought Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov together - two of the top ten wealthiest people in football with a combined wealth of more than £3bn - rather than continue with the cold war that is currently going on around the club.

We've been led to believe that Kroenke is a responsible, successful businessman with a track record of bringing glory to his other sporting interests, while Usmanov has been painted as a renegade and someone the club are desperate to keep away from taking control.

Whatever the truth is, the phrase 'keep your friends close and your enemies closer' could not be more appropriate.

Surely bringing Usmanov into the fold and working with him would make so much sense?

While I appreciate and respect Arsene Wenger's Project Youth, £20-£30m could make such a difference - and would be small change to Usmanov and Kroenke.

Wenger could go the extra million and buy Chamakh in January to give us extra domestic firepower, and bring in the defensive cover that we need to compete on all fronts.

I'm also not sure all the boardroom uncertainty is particularly beneficial even though I don't think it affects performances.

Stability is a key word at The Arsenal and it seems obvious that the best way to maintain the status quo is to get all major shareholders working together.

We have the resources in place to really challenge the M*nure/Ch*vski hold on top spot, and stave off Liverpool and Citeh.

You know it makes sense...