Robin scores 200, Tendulkar is back in April, the whore sees red and the chavs go down

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What a perfect day that was! The Dutch say that Robin will be back in early April for the run in, Arsenal say May, but Robin is in Holland and they see him at first hand, the important thing is Robin says he’s ready, that is great news indeed, the whore got sent off as the northern chavs lost to Stoke, taking them to extra time which means they’ll be cream crackered on Saturday and Milan beat the chav-chavs in the San Siro, so deep joy all round.

The bad news is Arsene has told the press we should be grateful whatever happens this season as we only play for 2 main trophies and we are still in both of them, and furthermore this team is young, oh well, no change in that thinking then.

Other news is the EPL debt, is greater than all the other leagues combined, hmmm, why is that then? If all the others pay big wages as well? Maybe it’s because teams like Milan and Madrid have their slates wiped clean each year? I don’t know, but with Stoke next up, we’ll see how good this young team really is and if it can win the league on a smaller budget.

I fancy us, but then I would, I’m a diehard Arsenal fan and will continue to believe until fat Franks sings, I did see the Arsenal players in syrups though sporting 70’s retro kits, so hopefully that’s a teaser for what’s to come. If we do wear red socks, I hope we have white tops on them, or at least a 70’s style white band, then at least something exciting will come from this season. Me I’d prefer white, or hoops.

I did watch that big Italian guy last night, Balotelli, he looks good, but if Maureen says he only has 1 brain cell, he may be another Ade, so perhaps we should look elsewhere.

I called Arsenal about the supposed waiting list for club level, they told me if I wanted to buy more tickets in my name, I would get them, if it’s a new name, I would have to apply, I think there is no waiting list, and yesterday I offered mine on here, and out of 20,000 plus hits, not one taker, so not as many people would die for a seat as we are led to believe, I think the long list is a bit of yet another Arsenal fib.

Ivan, you can always email and tell me different, but I’m not holding my breath. For those of you that want season tickets next season, I would apply, I think you’d get them.

For the Stoke game I think we need some height in there, so I would play Diaby and Bendtner from the off (not both up front though) I also think we needd some speed, so I would play Arshavin and Walcott alongside Nikki, I would play Rosicky, Diaby and Cesc in the middle and a back four of Eboue, Gallas, Campbell and Vermaelen, give Song and Clichy a rest and see what happens.

Stoke by-pass the midfield so we don’t really need a defensive midfielder.

We’ve tried everything else and we have the Porto game coming soon after, so we need options if we want to continue on the final two fronts.

Have a great day Grovers, Saturday sees the business end looming, and we need to win them all now, Cech and Cole out for the chavs could be pivotal, so it’s not over yet!

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  1. Geoff

    Just got this from the Arsenal.

    CEO Quarterly Report – February 2010
    Ivan Gazidis comments on various matters including the announcement of our financial results for the 6 month period ending November 2009
    Dear Shareholders,

    Welcome to the Quarterly Update exclusively for Shareholders, for up to and including February 2010.

    The majority of this update is devoted to the Interim Financial Results for Arsenal Holdings plc, which were announced today (Friday 26th February 2010).

    This is yet another strong set of results and illustrates that we continue to perform well ‘off the pitch’, even in the current economic situation.

    With the end of the 2009/2010 season getting closer, the team is in the Premier League title race and also looking forward to the UEFA Champions League Knockout Round second leg against FC Porto, where a strong performance will put us through to the last eight of Europe’s elite competition.

    The topics covered in this update are as follows:

    1 Interim Financial Results

    2 Ticket prices frozen for next season

    3 Arsenal Celebrates 25 Years of Community Work

    4 Strategic review

    5 Emirates Cup 2010

    6 Arsenal’s ‘Poppy Shirts’ raise over £20,000

    7 Queensland Road development

    8 TV selections for April 2010

    1. Interim Financial Results

    We have this morning announced to Plus Markets our interim results for the 6 month period ending 30th November 2009.

    The ‘headlines’ are as under, and for the full accounts please visit http://www.arsenal.com

    SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN GROUP’S DEBT FOLLOWING PROGRESS AT HIGHBURY SQUARE

    • Profit before tax of £35.2m (2008 – £24.5m) with increased contributions from both the Group’s football and property businesses.

    • Sale of 261 apartments at Highbury Square generated revenue of £96.6m (2008 – £58.4m) with all proceeds used in repayment of the project’s bank debt. The Group’s property business recorded a pre-tax profit of £9.3m (2008 – £4.9m).

    • Pre-tax profit from the Group’s core business of football increased to £25.8m (2008 – £19.7m).

    • Completed first stages of a programme of capital investment in the appearance and “Arsenalisation” of Emirates Stadium.

    • Further significant investment in determined policy of re-signing first team players to new long-term contracts.

    • By 30 November 2009, the Group’s total net debt had been reduced to £203.6m (31 May 2009 – £332.8m).

    • Since 30 November, there have been a number of further positive developments in relation to the Group’s property projects:

    – Of the 655 private apartments in the Highbury Square development, sales have now completed on 524 units with a cumulative sales revenue value of £217.0m.

    – The balance on the Highbury Square bank loan has been further reduced, from £35.7m at 30 November, to £12.9m (31 May 2009 – £123.6m).

    – Sale of part of the Queensland Road development site means that the Group’s other property activities are now debt free.

    All Shareholders will receive (by post during next week) a copy of the interim accounts.

    2. Ticket prices frozen for next season

    On 15th February the Club confirmed that the Board of Directors had made the decision to freeze the prices of season tickets and matchday tickets for the 2010/2011 season.

    Since the last season at Highbury in 2005/2006, season ticket prices will now have remained unchanged for five out of the past six seasons.

    Having a lengthy waiting list for season tickets puts the Club in an advantageous position when determining the ticket pricing policy each season. Having given the matter due consideration, we strongly believe the right course of action is to freeze the cost of match tickets and season tickets for the forthcoming season. We are mindful that the current financial climate is difficult for many of our fans and our decision to maintain the current pricing structure reflects that.

    Further details, including the breakdown of all ticket prices for the 2010/2011 season, will be communicated in due course.

    3. Arsenal Celebrates 25 Years of Community Work

    As you may be aware, this week the Club is celebrating 25 years of commitment to its community. For the last quarter of a century, Arsenal in the Community has invested 5.5 million hours and involved 1 million individuals across a wide variety of sporting, charitable, educational and social inclusion projects in London and overseas.

    To mark the milestone, Arsenal in the Community has been sharing the work it undertakes with players who have been visiting an array of projects throughout the week, which culminated in a celebration at Emirates Stadium on Thursday (25th February), when Arsène Wenger gave an address and spoke about the importance of the Club’s connection to its community.

    Speaking about the event, Arsène Wenger said: “We are very proud to celebrate this milestone. People often only see a little part of the Club which is the football team but there is a tremendous amount of work at other levels and that includes a huge contribution to helping people within our surrounding community and beyond.

    “Arsenal has many responsibilities. We pride ourselves on enriching and propelling people’s lives forward by devising and developing projects that help to overcome the ever-changing issues that affect our society today. Of course it’s not the most glamorous part, but that doesn’t mean it’s not the most important one. This week is very important for everyone in the Arsenal community to take a look back at 25 years of dedicated work and participation and reflect upon the future when we will continue the great work and grow even more projects to involve our supporters and the community at large.”

    Prime Minister Gordon Brown commended the department’s work and said: “I congratulate Arsenal in the Community for what they have achieved over the last 25 years. Inspiring our communities builds stronger communities, something I have been passionate about for many years. Arsenal has a lot to be proud of and I am sure the next 25 years will be just as inspiring.”

    Arsenal in the Community was founded in February 1985 when Vic Akers OBE (Arsenal’s first team kit manager and Arsenal Ladies general manager) was appointed the Club’s first community liaison officer following the creation of a national programme which encouraged young people in urban communities to participate in recreational and competitive sport. Since this time, head of Arsenal in the Community, Alan Sefton has grown a collection of projects, which have responded to the needs of its community.

    As part of the celebrations, Arsenal Football Club has produced a booklet entitled, ‘Community Review’ which takes a look back on 25 years of dedicated commitment and looks forward with pledges to supporters and the Arsenal community. A PDF of this booklet is attached or can be viewed on Arsenal.com/community

    4. Strategic review

    Arsenal Football Club has many fantastic assets. We have one of the best club stadiums in the world; one of Europe’s most respected managers; a strong, youthful first team full of quality; one of the best youth development structures in the world; a well respected name in the world of football; a distinctive and entertaining style of play; and a strong financial base.

    These assets provide us with a unique platform to create an even more successful, influential and respected organisation, which can compete both on and off the field with any other sports organisation in the world.

    Therefore, we are currently undertaking a strategic review of the organisation in which we are looking into our vision and values, our aspirations and key objectives. We are investigating how we can optimise our commercial success and also enhance the ‘supporter experience’ and our fan engagement process.

    This is by no means a process which will be completed overnight, but we feel it’s an exciting opportunity for the Club as whole to embrace our values and deliver further success for this football club. The best way to honour the club’s extraordinary tradition of innovation is to imagine and deliver an even more successful future.

    5. Emirates Cup 2010

    Although we are still awaiting confirmation of the participating teams, we are delighted to announce to Shareholders, that following the success of the previous three Emirates Cups, the Club will once again be staging this pre-season tournament with Arsenal and three other high profile clubs.

    The confirmed dates for Emirates Cup 2010 are:

    Saturday 31st July 2010 and Sunday 1st August 2010

    The Club will be making an announcement in the near future regarding Emirates Cup 2010 once all teams have been confirmed.

    6. Arsenal’s ‘Poppy Shirts’ raise over £20,000

    Although we have not yet made an official announcement, we felt Shareholders would like to know that we received an overwhelming response from Arsenal supporters after the team wore a special one-off shirt with a poppy embroidered for the match at Wolves, to commemorate Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.

    In honour of those servicemen and women who have given their lives for peace, these special shirts were auctioned and raffled in many fundraising activities, with all the raised monies being split equally between The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

    We are delighted to announce that as a result of the fantastic generosity from Arsenal supporters, we managed to raise a total £21,055.

    Representatives from Help For Heroes and The Royal British Legion will be the Club’s special guests for a home match in the near future, when a cheque presentation will take place before the match.

    Arsenal Football Club is proud to support these two worthwhile causes.

    7. Queensland Road development

    On 15th February, we were pleased to conclude a critical contract with the affordable and key worker homes provider, Newlon Housing Trust, for the construction of 354 affordable housing units at Queensland Road, adjacent to Emirates Stadium.

    The initial building works for the development, which received planning permission in March 2009, will consist of the construction of the affordable housing units and an Arsenal Sports Centre, which will support and provide a venue for Arsenal’s many educational and social inclusion community programmes. The affordable housing units and Arsenal Sports Centre are expected to be completed in 2013.

    Planning permission has also been granted for the construction of a further 375 residential units on the Queensland Road development. The construction timetable for this element of the project has yet to be confirmed.

    The Queensland Road development is another phase in Arsenal’s regeneration of the Borough of Islington as a result of the Club’s move to Emirates Stadium. The overall project represents the largest and most successful regeneration project in London.

    Ken Friar, who is working closely on the project, said at the time of the announcement: “We are looking forward to working with our partners to deliver the new homes and the Arsenal Sports Centre on the Queensland Road development.

    “We are proud of the regeneration that we have created in Islington and so far, as a result of our move to Emirates Stadium, we have transformed over 60 acres of derelict land, delivered over 2,500 new homes and constructed a new waste recycling centre.

    “The overall project has created hundreds of new local jobs and business opportunities for local firms, developed new open spaces and, not forgetting, a world class football stadium.”

    The Arsenal Sports Centre will have a 1,600m2 ground floor area and will comprise two five-a-side pitches designed to the Football Association Standards. These artificial grass pitches are back to back and can be divided as appropriate for different age groups.

    The Sports Centre also includes an entrance foyer; administrative office; changing and shower facilities; equipment storage facilities and tiered seating capable of accommodating up to 75 spectators.

    The Sports Centre will be fully accessible to all potential users, including wheelchair users, with level access to the centre and pitches. The changing and shower facilities will be designed to enable access for disabled users and provide for a separate unisex accessible WC/Shower and changing compartment. The changing and shower facilities have also been designed to cater for children and adults, with child protection in mind.

    Further information and updates regarding the proposed Queensland Road development will appear on Arsenal.com.

    8. TV selections for April 2010

    Just to confirm, we have now received confirmation from the Premier League that the following matches involving Arsenal in April have been rescheduled as a result of TV selections:

    Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal

    Premier League

    Saturday 10th April 2010

    Kick Off: 12.45pm (previously 3pm)

    Live on: SKY SPORTS

    This Match is Subject to postponement should Tottenham Hotspur reach the FA Cup Semi Finals.

    Wigan Athletic v Arsenal

    Premier League

    Sunday 18th April 2010

    Kick Off: 1.30pm

    Live on SKY SPORTS

    (Previously Saturday 17th April 2010 at 3pm)

    In the event of Arsenal reaching the Semi Finals of the Champions League and being drawn to play on Tuesday 20th April, this match will revert to Saturday 17th April, kick off tba.

    Arsenal v Manchester City

    Premier League

    Saturday 24th April 2010

    Kick Off: 5.30pm (previously 3pm)

    Live on: ESPN

    I hope you, like me, and all the directors, players and staff at the Club, are looking forward to the remaining important weeks of the season. Your support of the team over the challenging and exciting final weeks will make a significant contribution to our chances of achieving our goals.

    Yours sincerely,

    Ivan Gazidis

    Chief Executive

    26th February 2010

    26/02/10

  2. Geoff

    What a load of bollocks, we started out with a £350mil debt 5 years ago, we got £100mil up front from sponsors, we spend nothing, we sell all the apartments, yet we still seem to owe over £200 million, ??? Is it me???