Well good morning to everyone! It’s Thursday, it’s balmy and warm outside and I’m writing this on a train that’s forgotten to turn the heaters off. It doesn’t matter though, for there is much news to consider today!
First up is the story that Usmanov is hoovering shares up faster than Adrian Mutu deals with a bag of Kensingtons finest marching powder. Yesterday he pounced on £230k worth of Rangers owned shares taking him slightly closer to 100%. only 69.2409029% to go sir!
I’m not sure what his long term aim is really. Does he sense he’ll one day be able to buy the whole thing? Or is he just out to annoy Stan? Either way he’s enthusiastic about spending a lot of money on an outfit that isn’t exactly profitable.
Over the other side of the pond, Stan Kroenke has set heartbeats racing by asking a senior source at the club to tell Matt Scott he’s cool to give £100mil to Wenger this summer to rebuild the squad. Now, I’m sure this information was passed on… you just have to wonder whether it’s news sent out to placate the masses?
£100mill is realistically what we need to make ourselves great again. Think of it this way. If we bomb off the dross, we could bring in £15million and we’d shave £25mill (+ the £8mill we lost off the wage bill from Sammy and Cesc) off the wage bill. We could sign 2 free transfers and buy four £25mill players. That would give us £33mill to divide up salary wise between those names. 6 players would change the whole complexion of the squad in a very positive way. For me, we should also insist the boss strengthens the backroom set up. Boro, Pat, Gerry, Tony… cheerio. Bring in some new blood…
Whether Wenger has the cajonas to make such a drastic move is another questions. You’d be surprised what the thought of losing a £7mill a year job can do to a man. That said, he bombed in January under similar circumstances. Also, it has to be noted that the last time he was offered £100million when Usmanov offered… he said he’d give it back.
I just hope the bulk of this additional £50mill isn’t being earmarked from the sale of Robin.
AOC’s dad has been talking to Talksport about the reason his sun joined us. Mainly because of the style and stature of the club. I’d probably factor in money and playing time as well. Apparently he wasn’t allowed to do a photoshoot for Disney as it was too close to the NLD… mickey mouse behaviour eh?
What? That was funny?
I had a quote attributed to myself in The Sun yesterday, it was around the stat about 5% of corporates attending 1 game or less last year. The context was that we’re not attractive to Goldman Sachs types at the moment. It came across like I was saying it more generically. However, thinking about it, we’re hardly attracting normal fans who’ve paid, so the comment stands either way. I go to every home game… the same can’t be said of many others. Both are worrying trends…
Also… I’m not a shareholder, though I tell the hostesses at the Arsenal AGM that when I’m acting as a proxy to Geoff.
‘I might not have invented Peroni, but I had a big say…’
I forgot to mention the first teamers put in the reserves the other day. Park, Chamakh, Benny, Andrey and some others were part of a side that spanked Norwich. Pretty humiliating eh? I hope that doesn’t mean they’re all playing on Sunday. Talking of which… regardless of form… I’m totally stoked about (that word was for the Aussie readers).
Final story of the day is the one about Andrey going on loan to Zenit. I’d be surprised. Booting out a player who can change a game when you’ve got a squad as small as ours would seem dim in the extreme. Dimmer than giving Diaby a £60k a week on an eternity contract.
What is it with contracts? They only seem to benefit crap players? You give a good player a long one and they can leave if they want to go home or win trophies. You give one to a bad one and they never leave!
That’s all… see you in the comments.
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