Hello again and a happy Tuesday to you all. A special mention to the Seattle-based Gooners out there who made up 93% of yesterday’s comments. You guys are alright.
I said yesterday that the lack of Arsenal news floating around meant I was having another day off today. But fortunately – or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it – there is some pretty juicy news to get stuck into this fine Tuesday. So here I am, Peroni in hand, to give my thoughts to you about it all.
The first bit of juicy, sweet, tasty news is the announcement that Hull City have compiled and delivered their “Cesc Fabregas is a spitting Spaniard” statement to the Football Association and Arsenal have been given 7 days to compile a response. According to this informative piece by The Guardian (which cheekily contains a couple of very subtle slanderous comments aimed at Hull – “Brown’s public annoyance that Arsenal’s captain was dressed in “jeans and a hoodie” is irrelevant” – is a particular highlight) Hull’s manager Phil Brown as well as their assistant manager Brian Horton and fitness trainer Phil Rush have given evidence.
The key point identified in the article is the absence of any independent witness outside of the Hull City system, a fact that will undoubtedly see our captain go free as long as he sticks with the story that he never spat at Horton’s feet. In short, any Arsenal fans who are worried about Fabregas being fined or suspended can rest easy because there’s no way in hell that Hull have provided enough evidence to prove our captain wrong. As Cesc said only a couple of days ago, compulsory FA response aside, this is very much a closed case and one that will make Hull City look very, very stupid.
Anyway, enough on that. It’s time to move on to the other big story of the day (or was it yesterday) – Stan Kroenke has bought shares off Danny Fiszman to significantly increase his stake in the Arsenal Football Club. As outlined in another fine Guardian piece, the American has increased his stake in the club to 20.5% after purchasing around 8% from Fizsman’s, who now holds an overall stake of 16.1%.
I’m no expert on financial matters but everything I’ve read about Kroenke’s purchase suggests that it is a good thing for the club. It appears that Kroenke and Fiszman have struck up a partnership in order to keep the majority of shares away from the deplorable Alisher Usmanov (who owns a 25% stake), a man that has spent six years in jail in the 80s for crimes committed in the USSR and is known as the “the hard man of Russia”. At the end of the day, good owners are the ones that have the best interests of the clubs at heart and baring that in mind, I’d be far happier with Kroenke at the helm than a convicted criminal and Russian oligarch.
Upon selling his shares, Fiszman made the following comments about Kroenke’s involvement with the club:
“Stan’s long term commitment to sport in general and football in particular has been well documented. I am therefore delighted that he has shown this desire to deepen his ties with Arsenal.”
While Kroenke added:
“After having been invited to join the Board last year I am delighted to be able to increase my shareholding in Arsenal. I will continue to work closely with my Board colleagues to maintain the stable environment in which the Club operates and to preserve the self-sustaining business model enjoyed by the Club.”
It’s clear that both men seem to have the best interests of the club at heart – particularly compared with Usmanov – and as a supporter of the club one can only hope that Kroenke and Fiszman acquire the shares they need to keep the Uzbeki out of the leadership position. Good luck to them.
To finish things off today with football-related matters, it appears that we will be without both Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner for the weekend clash with Manchester City after both players were injured on International duty. Bendtner suffered a knee injury playing against Malta while van Persie injured his groin during training with the Netherlands. I’ll have more on those injuries as things develop.
Anyway, that’s all for today in surprise Tuesday blog. It was long and fairly detailed but hopefully you were able to follow. If not, my points in short were:
- Hull City bad
- Fabregas good
- Usmanov bad
- Kroenke and Fiszman good
Thanks for reading, talk to you again tomorrow.
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