So first up… WE’RE RICH!
Yes, if you didn’t already know, we are even richer than we were this time last year with pre tax profits reported at £20 million! Just imagine how many 14 year old Estonian superstars of the future we can buy with all that cash!
See the break down below from Arsenal.com:
- Profit before tax of £20m (2006 – £12.9m excluding exceptional costs) arising from growth in the football business and reduced property development contributions
- Broadcasting income up £6.5m to £24.3m from new Premier League domestic and overseas TV deals
- Match day income £41.4m (2006 – £38.0m) boosted by inaugural Emirates Cup
- Results demonstrate continuing success of Emirates Stadium and strength of the Club’s business model
- Excellent start to the 2007/08 season and entered 2008 on top of the Premier League
- Continued development of opportunities provided by Emirates Stadium, including international friendly between Sweden and Brazil and two Bruce Springsteen concerts to be staged in second half of the financial year
- Launch of Arsenal TV in January 2008, marking six-year partnership between Arsenal and Setanta Sports
Its all looking good on the financial front, which will have serial child abductor, Joeseba Diaz licking his licks with excitement! Not only is it rumoured he is looking to renegotiate fan favourite Cesc Fabregas’ contract, he is also looking to sell us an ex barca defender, Miquel. The 15-year-old Ignasi Miquel will join Arsenal from Union Deportiva Cornella at the end of October.
“The deal has been agreed with Arsenal and they have always behaved well.”
We beat off competition from Manchester United and Celtic, while a host of Spanish clubs had also been linked to Miquel, including Villarreal and Valencia. Apparently he is 6ft 3 and a bit of a beast!
On the injury news front, Arsene had this to say about the imminent return of Robin Van Persie,
‘No. Robin is not a very long away from being fit at all, but he lacks match-practice.’
‘Could he be in the squad for Milan? Maybe – but don’t forget he has not played regularly for five months now.’
Good news that I instruct you to take with a pinch of salt. How many false dawns have we had with RvP! You have to say though, his return could be the difference between another 0-0 with Milan, or potentially nicking it with a 30 yard freekick in the last minute. I think I’d almost forgotten what a match winner he is – our Ronaldo if you will!
Its Birmingham up next, some would say it is a potential banana skin, some would say if we recreate the Milan performance we will smash them. I am going with the latter choice. Most Birmingham fans I know (All two of them) don’t rate Alex McLeish and reckon he has done fuck all since the Arsenal result.
Lets wait and see!
See you in the comments section!