All the news creeping out is about Stan Kroenke and his evil bid to take over all the shares in Arsenal. The trailblazer of average sporting franchises has apparently dropped a whopping £525m bid for Usmanov’s shares in Arsenal.
Fan groups like the AST are calling this a bad thing for the club, and you can’t argue it.
- No more AGM’s
- No real need for Ivan to speak to the fans
- Complete and absolute control forever more for the Kroenke family (Hey Josh)
- CHILDREN EATEN BY STAN K’S ARMY OF COWBOY MONSTERS
The press has also revealed that there was a bid from a consortium. Full disclosure, I met with the consortium in New York in May and heard all about their plans. The deal was no joke. They had money, they had people lined up that actually gave a fuck about the club. They wanted to spend the money we’ve had stockpiled. They wanted to make going to Arsenal a point of passion again. They had a plan to take Arsenal to the next level, is the next level, is the next level. They were serious people.
The figures you’re hearing about are absolutely true. £32,000 a share. Proper money.
Stan didn’t want to roll with the bid. He also didn’t want to fuck around with a deal that would have seen the consortium takeover Usmanov’s shares. Mainly because the consortium wanted to take a board seat for the deal and make the clubs a success on behalf of Stan and his hapless band of awfully pointless sports people.
So we are where we are.
What changes if Stan buys Arsenal? Not much. Usmanov can put all his cash into Everton. We’ll still just be Arsenal, which will be average blandness for the foreseeable.
However, don’t be too down in the dumps.
Arsenal is very different to the average franchises Stan runs in the US. If you want to survive in the Premier League, you need to invest and move with the times. I know for a fact that once Arsene leaves, we’ll shift our strategy (by having one), and we’ll move to a model more akin to the elite clubs in Europe.
The manager won’t have a centralised power structure like Arsene Wenger has been lucky enough to secure and double down on. We’ll have a more democratised decision-making process on the playing side. The manager won’t own control for the backroom team hiring and firing. We’ll rework our wage bill to be more akin to a meritocracy. We’ll rip out all the utter dross that infects the ranks. We’ll have a sporting director with vision, connections and experience. Arsenal will hit the heights.
I honestly have no doubt about that.
There’s a reason Arsenal didn’t drop £93m on Lemar, and that’s Wenger. The club is slowly realising that throwing bad money at a decrepit manager in a post-second-game-shit-the-bed frenzy is a terrible way to progress the fortunes of a club. It’s also amateur.
News about Sanchez and Mesut dodging media duties is so fucking unimportant in the grand scheme of things, but it at least clarifies they’re both leaving. Don’t listen to the muppets trying to take ownership of narratives that state those two give a fuck about the club, or are considering new deals. They are not. Anyone you speak to who works at Arsenal will tell you the truth. They all know Ozil hasn’t given a fuck about Arsenal for a while, and they’ll all tell you moving on Sanchez on is probably a good thing because he too only cares about himself and those dogs he clearly shares a bed with.
The cost of keeping those two players on is two-fold.
> Both can’t be relied upon beyond January
> Their presence will create a negative vibe in the squad if not controlled
Wenger is going to need to cope with this problem, and it won’t happen by selling them in the January window. That boat has saaaaailed.
Those two could have Wayne Rooney – off his tits on 16 beers – acting as their agent, and even he would recognise that the most important thing for the both of them is to stay where they are, not entertain a January move, and the absolute key… STAY FIT for the shop window of the World Cup.
My guess? They’ll both have deals inked or verbally agreed by December. If it’s with English clubs, Wenger has a very serious decision to make for the good of the club. Minds need to be focused on OUR mission. He may need to ignore their personal protestations that they’ll be focused because we know that won’t be true. Nozil and Benchez rings nicely.
The major worry is that without the quality of our best players, we’re very likely to fade this season. If we don’t make CL next year, we start to become a Europa League team and we’ll fall further behind. Big names won’t consider joining a manager who can’t improve them, or offer the prospect of CL.
Will Wenger quit if he doesn’t make top 4? Doubtful.
So what is the plan for the future of the club?
My worry is we’re not a sporting entity under Stan. We’re an asset that appreciates because of media-rights inflation. Ivan and Arsene have grown the revenue of the club to £400m+ just because the Premier League is collectively interesting to people who haven’t had access to TV or fast streaming.
Stan is winning by being average. He doesn’t care about the football, all he looks at is an impressive spreadsheet. Both his most important men are judged on that and will always win so long as Scudamore and UEFA do an excellent job of selling rights. Arsenal is stuck in rut of financial progression under failing circumstances. A bit like Microsoft in the 90s. That won’t last though. Failing to invest in progress always bites in the end.
As fans, we’re stuck in sporting purgatory wrapped in ‘class’ and ‘values.’
Well, yes. But please, let’s not kick the chair away until we see what happens post-Wenger. I sense that’s not far away. This season won’t go well. I have hopes the manager will leave next summer. Let’s see what neutered Ivan has to say about the rebirth. He has a plan, I promise. It’ll be more impressive than the ‘do nothing, it’ll grow’ strategy.
Right, that’s me done. See you in the comments.