OH MY GOD WHAT IS HAPPENING BRUH!
Alisher Usmanov has launched a pitiful takeover bid of Arsenal, offering embattled Stan K a 30% premium on the value of Arsenal.
The bid, according to the FT, has been rejected. Tantalisingly, they also say that other investors are circling.
The Uzbek uses a very fancy PR firm called Finsbury, they look after all sorts of ‘interesting’ characters, and it’s fair to say that this story placement has ‘ulterior motive’ written all over it.
What do we know here?
Stan K is from Missouri, he’s 69 years, he lived through the bad times with the Soviets… and he’ll have a very specific opinion on anyone that feels a touch ‘cold war’ era (unlike you know who right now).
There is no way he’ll sell to Alisher. He won’t give the second biggest shareholder a seat on the board. It’s safe to say, he doesn’t have a high opinion of this guy. Usmanov knows this, he is so adamant about this, he went and bought a major stake in Everton (via his partner Moshiri).
So what do we think is going on here? Is he shaking out investors to show their hand? Is he trying to get the ball rolling on someone buying out Stan so he can rid himself of his shares at a premium and take Everton stratospheric?
Why would you tell your PR team to mention the other investors? You wouldn’t. This is an invite.
So back onto the American. Why would he sell up? He bought the club for a pittance, it’s more than doubled in value. Logic would say Premier League football isn’t getting smaller… we’re one TV deal away from a major content player like Google, Apple, Netflix or Amazon buying all the rights to every game so they can sell matches like music singles… which suddenly makes Premier League TV rights 3 times the value. So why would he sell up?
Well, he’s in trouble.
1. St Louis are suing him for a billion dollars for allegedly lying about his intentions.
2. The stadium build in Inglewood has run an extra year over because of the rain problems LA suffered this winter.
3. Top 4 now requires effort as smaller teams have more cash and larger teams are investing in proper managers. There are now 7 teams that could win the league. Usmanov bringing Everton into the mix.
4. Fans hate him. There’s no love there whatsoever. He doesn’t give a fuck about football. His son is an incapable leader, dropping disaster wherever he’s deployed.
Maybe sell up while the going is good… before you have to invest £200m to fix the mess. Just look at Doug Ellis (Villa) and the issues he had, and the money he spend to not make the elite.
The time is ripe to sell up. Make a massive profit. Hand the club over to people who actually give a fuck.
Very exciting times ahead.
The FA Cup feels a ripe place to go STAN OUT hardcore.
Watch. This. Space.
The life-sapping tenure of the most average owner in the league could be nearing an end… and in the process, Mr Wenger will be gone as well.
… and as I’ve said before, the post-Wenger years will be fucking golden. I can’t wait.