Roman Abramovich could have bought Arsenal instead of Chelsea but was mistakenly told they weren’t for sale – The Sun | The Sun

ROMAN ABRAMOVICH could have bought Arsenal instead of Chelsea— but he was mistakenly warned off the Gunners by ignorant Swiss bankers.

And the billionaire Russian oligarch tried several times unsuccessfully to lure Gunners talisman Thierry Henry to Stamford Bridge when the Frenchman was in his pomp.

The stunning revelations have been made in book, The Club, penned by two Wall Street Journal writers.

They spoke at length with executives from leading Premier League clubs.

The book claims in 2003, Abramovich hired Swiss bank UBS to examine the economics of English top-flight football.

One of its findings was that 'Arsenal were categorically not for sale'.

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Abramovich instead took over Chelsea for £140million and went on to win five Prem titles and two Champions League crowns.

The book also says former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein believed the club’s owners would have cashed in if Abramovich had offered.

Another claim is Abramovich met with Tottenham’s chairman.

But 'while his Mercedes trundled along Tottenham High Road, he looked out and said in Russian, "This is worse than Omsk" —  the grim Siberian outpost where he had a refinery.'

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Abramovich's 19-year reign as Chelsea's owner came to an end in May after American billionaire Todd Boehly bought the club for £4.25BILLION.

The Russian then penned an emotional farewell statement to the Blues faithful.

He had announced in February he was to give up control of his beloved Chelsea following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Boehly showed earlier this month he is just as ruthless as Abramovich after he sacked Thomas Tuchel following their slow start to the season.


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