Rabynovych: Three financial groups offering assistance to Arsenal Kyiv
President of FC Arsenal Kyiv Vadym Rabynovych has said that three well-known financial groups have offered assistance to his club, which may cease to exist.
"There are great chances of a successful solution to the current situation. Somewhere I even underestimated how many people watch football and love Arsenal. Three very serious financial groups addressed us with proposals about how to help our club. Kyiv City State Administration also joined them, and it does not want Arsenal to disappear from the football map of Ukraine. I think that it was my mistake that at one time I did not cooperate too closely with the city authorities. But now, I think, everything will be fine. Now we're talking to footballers: someone leaves, and we persuade someone to stay," he told the Segodnya newspaper on Sunday.
"We're considering various options. Different groups are interested in different [forms of] participation. As for me, I would like to move away from the club. But one of the groups that has the most realistic proposal, proposed that I stay in a certain role. We'll see. I've invested a part of my life and funds in Arsenal, and the name [of the club] is not an empty phrase for me," Rabynovych said.
As reported, on January 8, Arsenal Kyiv President Vadym Rabynovych said that the club could cease to exist on January 20. He said he saw three possible options to resolve the problem: 1) to propose that the players revise their contracts, increase the presence of young players in the team and release about five high-priced players as free agents, 2) give the club to another owner by January 20 and to the team that will be able to resolve problems, 3) possible support from representatives of the Kyiv authorities, primarily administrative support.
Ukrainian media reported that the players had not received their salaries for three months.
On January 10, the club's press service reported that the club's management and players were united in their desire to save the club.
"A working group led by team captain Maksim Shatskikh has been formed, and it will analyze all aspects of the situation and take a respective decision by January 20. Arsenal's administration and its players are united in their desire to save the club. Time will tell whether this happens or not," the club said in a statement.
On January 14, Arsenal Kyiv captain Maksim Shatskikh signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Chornomorets Odesa. On January 9, midfielder Artem Starhorodsky also moved from Arsenal to Chornomorets. Arsenal Kyiv goalkeeper Yuriy Pankiv and defender Volodymyr Poliovy signed three-year contracts with Metalurh Donetsk on January 16.