sport news The Arsenal powerbrokers: The men who Unai Emery will work alongside

Unai Emery has been announced as the man to succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

The 46-year-old Spaniard has agreed a three-year deal with the Gunners worth £15million, which was announced on Wednesday morning.

Emery will have to work alongside the Arsenal powerbrokers at the Emirates Stadium. Here, Sportsmail looks at the men at the top. 

Unai Emery could be unveiled as Arsene Wenger's successor within the next 72 hours

Stan Kroenke – Owner and director

Stan Kroenke is an American businessman who began his business life by founding the Kroenke Group in 1983, which focused on real estate. It built shopping centres and apartment buildings. 

Kroenke has invested in several teams outside of Arsenal, buying the St Louis Rams, the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and a series of smaller sides. 

He batted away a £1billion bid from fellow shareholder Alisher Usmanov last May to keep his 67.05 per cent stake.

The 70-year-old in January bought 22 more stakes in the club at £28,000 apiece, signalling his intent to continue buying out Usmanov. 

Owner Stan Kroenke, who has a 67 per cent stake, has invested in several sports teams

Owner Stan Kroenke, who has a 67 per cent stake, has invested in several sports teams

Ivan Gazidis – Chief executive officer 

Ivan Gazidis was born in South Africa but moved to the UK at the age of four – residing in Manchester.

In 1994, he joined the founding management team of the MLS and moved on to become its deputy commissioner in 2001.

He became CEO at Arsenal back in 2009 and is now tasked with the day-to-day running of the club. 

Chief executive officer Ivan Gazidis is tasked with the day-to-day running of the club

Chief executive officer Ivan Gazidis is tasked with the day-to-day running of the club

Josh Kroenke – Director

Josh Kroenke, as you may have guessed, is the son of Stan. The 38-year-old became a member of the board at the Emirates in 2013 having previously gained experience as president and governor of both the Colorado Nuggets basketball franchise and the Colorado Avalanche ice hockey franchise.

Both Josh and Stan are rarely seen at the Emirates, which has been a constant gripe of Arsenal fans – with some branding them 'absent owners'.

But he is in line to succeed his father at the club and, as a board member, has a say in who takes over from Wenger. 

Josh Kroenke (centre) is the son of owner Stan but spends most of his time in America

Josh Kroenke (centre) is the son of owner Stan but spends most of his time in America

Alisher Usmanov – Second-largest shareholder

Alisher Usmanov is a metals magnate from Uzbekistan, although he has primarily been based in Russia. He was the 37th-richest person in the world as of 2013 and the second richest in the UK circa 2014. His fortune is estimated to be worth $15.1bn (£11.5bn).

He owns 49 per cent of USM Holdings, which works in metals, mining, telecommunications, technology and media, along with a stake in Mail.ru, which is the largest internet provider in the Russian speaking world.

Usmanov is thought to be a close friend of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and is business partners with Everton owner Farhad Moshiri – who sold his shares to the Uzbek upon leaving for Goodison Park in 2016. 

He now has a 30.04 per cent – through Red and White Securities LTD – but has shown he is keen to have more influence in the club following his failed takeover bid last year.

However, he is

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