Hurrah, just when you think you’re out for the count, ol’ bloody Alisher Usmanov comes rolling in with a haymaker for Stan Kroenke. David Ornstein, busting out the news that matters once again.
Woooooah, I feel like Finsbury PR are speaking to my heartstrings, plucking Champagne Supernova at Wembley in 1996. Beautiful work.
I like that he’s digging his heels in. There’s no real reason to do it. He has no power, control or influence. But look, he’s invested in Arsenal and the returns on his 30% are stable and his investment will keep growing. The guy is mega rich, he’s not going sell up to some American, even if the Russia/US thing looks a little tighter than usual.
The argument that Usmanov is the same shit sandwich as Kroenke doesn’t hold water for me. If I had a choice, it’s the Russian (Uzbek) every day of the week. I’ll take someone who has just dropped £150m into Everton over a guy who leeches into sporting entities and sucks the joy out of all of them every day of the week. Football is football. Let’s not take the moral high ground about a sport that pays the average player 59% more a week (£44k), than the average worker in Britain earns a year (£27.6k). The whole thing is a fucking circus.
Give me the guy who is going to lend me some joy at the weekend over someone who looks at my club like an expensive second home in France ANY day of the week. It’s not two bad choices, it’s one guy who wants to be a winner, and the other is just happy watching the business grow over the club. There aren’t many good billionaires out there. Whether they’re facilitating elections on behalf of foreign agents, exploiting 1.4m poor people on the taxpayers dime, or racketeering… the only difference tends to be warped perception of right and wrong.
Anyway, at least we still have our AGMs.
Talking about players, exPSG defender Alex reckons Arsenal should snap up Lucas Moura.
“If I was in his place, I would have already left to make an impact elsewhere.”
“Spanish football could suit him – he could take advantage of the space with his speed and technique.”
“Even if England does not seem favourable, I would like to see him at Arsenal. They play cleaner football, more technical.”
He can play on the right or the left wing. He was a big deal back in the day (was it United who went hard for him?). He’d certainly be an upgrade on Theo and if PSG are shifting on players, damn, I’d take a chance.
Finally, Keown is all about the #OzilOut.
‘I think it was Belarus the other week, he didn’t fancy going. He didn’t want to go. ‘Suddenly he was injured again, he played nine minutes against West Bromwich Albion on the Monday, so how did he get injured there?’
‘I think in some departments he’s already left. Psychologically, mentally, he’s already left the football club. Maybe Wenger is now trying to do the best deal he can to get some compensation for him. ‘I think he doesn’t want that sort of player around the youngsters in the group.’
‘They played exceptionally well at Chelsea, where [Alex] Iwobi did a really manful job – I know he hasn’t got the talent of Ozil, of course, but suddenly Arsenal could compete in both departments defensively and attacking -wise. It was probably the best performance I’ve seen in a couple of years.’
Funny how many of the Oziltoligists are weirdly desperate for him to come good at United to prove that he’s the best and his whole tenure at AFC has been on Wenger. Gotta give it to the hipsters, they’ve backed some duff horses these past 3 years. Xhaka, Ozil and Ramsey look great on a chart, but damn, it’s hard to defend the output with actual progress.
Finally, Ivan G’s not so secret pay packet was revealed and his bonus was £919,000. He’s a pig at the trough, the same as Wenger. Amazing that he’s earning a bonus of revenue that’s collectively earned. He has the highest paid CEO job in the world, despite dropping out the CL, delivering average commercial growth AND celebrating the extension of Arsene Wenger’s contract saying he couldn’t find anyone else better. Tragic.
Right, that’s me done. Last chance to have a crack on our podcast!