Arsenal to try Barca-style fan ownership scheme

Steve Dinneen
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RANK-and-file fans will be given the chance to own a stake in Arsenal under a new Fanshare scheme designed to fend off a takeover.

With regular shares trading as high as £10,000 they have been prohibitively expensive for most supporters. The new scheme will split the shares up into 100 parts and offer fans the chance to make monthly payments on them.

They will then be entered into a ballot to attend shareholder meetings to help shape the direction of the club. The idea is borrowed from Spanish giants Barcelona and fans hope it will ward off a bid from a foreign billionaire.

However, with persistent rumours of an imminent bidding war between major shareholders Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov, who own 30 per cent and 27 per cent respectively, analysts doubt the scheme will have the power to stop a takeover.