Usmanov vs Asian-Arabs Billionaires / Theo on fire / Dein Dropped

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Good morning Grovers!

For an international week, there seems to be quite a lot of news floating about, so I’ll crack straight on!

Firstly, congratulations to Theo Walcott, everyone is waxing lyrical over his sterling performance for England over the weekend. Something that really made me laugh was £17million Spud super signing didn’t even make it onto the pitch! Remember him telling Theo he should move on?

Well played Theo… more of the same in an Arsenal shirt please! I liked this quote,

“That’s what I did and it was a good performance. I got battered but I always get battered. I’m used to it and it doesn’t bother me at all.”

Gallas had this to say on the Nasri challenge,

“Samir responded with an act that maybe wasn’t especially nice. But bearing in mind the player he did it to, then fair enough.”

Do you think refs are going to be instructed to protect Barton this year? Do you think the refs would obey? If anyone deserves a nasty injury it’s that man…

PHW has just issued the equivalent of a ‘come and get me’ plea to every billionaire on the planet. He said this in an interview yesterday,

“If somebody came and made a really huge bid then you cannot recommend shareholders turn it down because we don’t like it.

“We want the club to stay in its current ownership and, of course, you have some concern that someone will try to buy the club.

“The directors don’t want to sell but we are a public company. It depends on the price.”

This interview was completely unnecessary and will obviously start the ball rolling for loads of take over talk in the coming months.

So what are the options?

Option 1: Stan Kroenke has first refusal on all the shares, his wealth is estimated to be somewhere in the region of £1.04billion, he owns 12% of the shares and he is in dialogue with the board. One senses that with the world wide economic slowdown, the weak dollar and the emergence of the Arabs, this deal might be dead in the water. As billionaires go, Stan would be the ideal candidate as he is a sports man.

Option 2: Usmanov comes in with a huge offer to Stan and the rest of the board and adds us to his already meaty £5.6billion portfolio. Usmanov has 24.89% of the shares on offer at Arsenal and with David Dein departing to help improve the image of Red&White… you’d have to think that the Uzbek hasn’t given up on his 2nd choice dream (He is a Manc after all).

Option 3: The Uzbek flogs his shares at a Premium to an Arab/Asian consortium. According to the Times, the next major buyer of a Premiership club will be from this market. Usmanov reportedly held talks with the Abu Dhabi group about selling his Arsenal shares prior to the Man Citeh takeover. I would suspect this option is a very realistic… Arsenal don’t have a huge presence in Asia, so there is a huge opportunity if someone with the right expertise wanted to exploit our brand over there… So don’t be surprised if you hear the names like Mittal and Arsenal linked in the same sentence going forward…

So those are the three options as I see it. As much as we’d all like to see it stay the same, we have to be realistic… the current board members didn’t put all their time and energy into building the most efficient club in the world only to see it go backwards did they?

I am guessing that if they are human they will probably want a pay out at some point… I would also hazard a guess and say that if they know anything about business they would understand that this billionaire bubble may burst at some point… Will they ever get a more inflated share price than they could get now? Owning a PL club has never been cooler in the eyes of a Billionaire… so perhaps they are thinking about selling up while the interest is still red hot?

One thing is for sure, Arsene could be given all the money in the world and he still wouldn’t be pressured into buying big names (What would you do with £100million Arsene? Give it back…). I think he would be prepared to pay more in wages and shift the current ceiling though…

I am hoping that Platini pushes his new ideas for debt management through before we get to the selling point. At least then we may escape any sort of Manchester United mega debt…

One thing I am certain about… the board will makes sure they do everything in their power to sell us onto someone who understands the traditions, will keep us debt free for the foreseeable future and will push us onto to become one of the top 3 football clubs in the world.

Keep um’ crossed Grovers!

333 Responses to “Usmanov vs Asian-Arabs Billionaires / Theo on fire / Dein Dropped”

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  1. Geoff

    Goonermichael, not a chance! choy, I’m doing great, Pedro the wedding was fine save I got my usual wedding rash and the church started shaking when I entered it. I’ve got tomorrows blog covered by the way.

    I just last night stayed in the Reunion resort where our old friend GMR has a house, I asked them where his villa was so they asked me for his name, I said GMR, they said sorry I need his real name!

    GMR if you’re reading I played the Watson and the Palmer and was lights out!

  2. Pedro

    GM, tennis bores me as well…

    Raddy, the Bellamy of tennis… spot on!

    Federer is like the Thierry of Tennis… how can you dislike him?

    I’m always amazed how skinny he is.

  3. Big Raddy

    Check out the BBC tennis website. It is all the usual Scots giving it large about ‘their boy’ They will get Sean Connery on next.

    Oh and Rod (Celtic) Stewart who was born over the raod from me in Highgate and talks with a Mockney accent, Wanker.

    Night All. Seems I am on a promise…… 😉

  4. rico01

    choy – 🙂

    I love tennis, but my day was watching Mc, Connors, McNamee/McNamara, Flemming/McEnroe, Nasty, Borg, Ashe (RIP) etc – Chrssie, BJK. Ginny, Martina, Austin….. Oh, Agassi, Edberg – and on and on – and they all had one thing…………

    Personality!! Murray is very very good – but…………….. Mr Boring and Mr TWIT!!

    I still think he will beat Federer though 🙁

  5. Geoff

    I think Murray is a twisted nasty English hating cunt and I hope he loses everything he ever goes in for, like Bonnie Prince Charlie and William Wallace did, the wankers.

    Catch you all later.

  6. gazzap

    HaHa Geoff! come on say it straight man.

    I like Murray’s patchy bum fluff the best. anyone who can have the confidence to go outside with that on their face deserves some slack!

  7. Geoff

    I try Gazzap, but his typically predictable Scottish anti English shit makes me want to tear him a new areshole in his over developed forehead, and considering we subsidise those Jocko twats to the tune of £6 billion a year, they ought to show some fucking respect, I’ll be cheering for Federer, I hate the fucking ingrate, and don’t forget, he started it.

    And as for the plastic jock Sean Connery, when that cunt lives in Scotland and pays taxes in England, he can open his large wife beating gob, until then he should sit with the other English plastic speaking jocks, Montgomery, Lyle and Rod Stewart and shut the fuck up.

    Try living in your own shitty little country, but you won’t will you, you fucking hypocrites, who would?

  8. gnarleygeorge9

    Gee theres been some sweaty sock bashing going on here. I guess the much heralded Great Britain Alliance is just a sham, after all is said & done. Don’t forget Franky Mac was a Scot 😆

  9. Geoff

    Goonermichael, exactly! Gnarley every time an Englishman wins something, he’s British, every time a jocko does, he’s Scottish.

    I always supported the jocko’s whatever they were in, until I found out they didn’t, in Franks day it was different, not now though.

    Murray’s bird is English though, dirty little cunt would go out with a sweaty would he? and where does he live, Scotland? Does he fuck, the cunt.

    Murry started it, not us, he’s just a sweaty sock cunt and I hope he gets humiliated, the cunt.

    Did I say he was a cunt? if I missed it out, he’s a cunt.

  10. goonermichael

    My daughter has to pay £3500 a year for uni
    My mum has to pay £800 a week for alzheimers care
    They pay nothing in Scotland, we subsidise them and cunts like Murray take the piss

  11. Geoff

    Sorry goonermichael, first of all you’re right, secondly after watching the US Open I changed my mind, he’s a losing, useless gutless cunt.

    Sorry about your mum, I went through the same thing with my dad, but those jocko cunts don’t have to pay.

    It’s just a fucking joke, we are the English, every poncing cunt laughs at us.

    Cunts.

    Night all from Orlando.

  12. ethangunner

    sorry gazzup i think your full of shit !
    any player who earns millions a year and who is in the public eye
    needs to watch there mouth , did you hear s.williams speech yesterday after
    winning ! fuck i thought she would never shut up .. with that fucking voice !
    She wants people to listen to that shit .. id like to thank my family and especially my dad !
    fuck !! but its not just her , tiger woods ,coby ,shaq , federer ,cricketers all have a message … They are in the public eye and will be judged upon there actions !

    BARTON anyone ???

    it must mean you think nothing of barton also !
    worst part about it i spent 20 minutes reading the shit !!!!

    Wasnt this an Arsenal blog 12 hours ago ?

  13. Big Raddy

    Damn right Seb. It is a shambles.

    Strange how we only (well, mainly) discussed Arsenal in the Summer break.

    Amusing though. Esoecialy Geoff’s carefully considered thoughts on the Scots !!

  14. kenny smith

    YOu subsidise scotland?????????????????? where would u be without our oil???? nowhere so u dont subsidise us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    u know i liked this site and love rerading the posts and enjoyed the banter i got yesterday but some people are just being racist now!………

  15. kelsey

    its all bollocks,we sit out the euros,eagerly await the start of the season,one came in we have meaningless friendly play 2 more games and have to wait two weeks for our next match.Why didn’t they start the season 2 weeks later.
    Well the cunt got well and truely fucked by federer,but managed to pick up 1 million dollars,he might have a shave now.
    Raddy did you say you lived in Highgate,I used to live in Highpoint.

  16. Geoff

    Kenny it’s our oil according to international water boundaries, also it only brings in the same amount as car tax and you can’t be racist against your own race, that makes you bigoted.