I have said many times that supporters should stick together in this difficult period that we are going through at the moment and that still stands. However, after reading that Stan Kroenke has a estimated wealth of £1.85bn and Alisher Usmanov has an estimated wealth of £8bn and that these two billionaires who effectively own our club are in the top ten Football owners in this country it got me thinking— why are they not working together for good of our club.
“Arsenal in crisis”; ‘Odds on for Wenger being sacked”; ” it is embarrassing to watch this team play” ” It will be miraculous if we finish even in the top half of the table” etc etc etc.
It hurts doesnt it when you read this as an Arsenal fan. The reasons can be aplenty but the doom and gloom brigade have set in at the football club and amongst the majority of their supporters as well it feels so.
Silent Stan is a nickname which has become synonymous while discussing the new Arsenal major shareholder, Stan Kroenke. After his takeover towards the end of last season, the Gooner faithful were hopeful that he would bring a strict firmness to the rather placid-looking boardroom and come down hard on any non-performers. But so far, most people have been disappointed with his rather meek role in the running of the team, and his non-action in the wake of the recent disappointing results.
But now, he has finally come out and given a few choice words in an interview which is as good as one could have hoped for.
Well, Messi has come to my country to play in a friendly, and here I am, cooped up back at home!
Well anyway, the International break may have just about come at the worst possible time for Arsenal. We needed to get back on track after a run of daft results in the league, and most Gooners needed to see our new signings. But because of this idiotically placed International week in the football calendar, we will have to wait another week or thereabouts.
I did an article that bashed the current Arsenal board, especially Kroenke and Hill-Wood, in May and got really bashed by most of the readers for my pro-Usmanov stance. At that time people said that it was for the good of the club that the “American” took over our club and not the “Russian”. The typical racists decided that since Americans are always “good”, Stan is “good”. Well its been more than 3 damn months and still i haven’t seen anything good done by the “American”.
I was walking back from the Arsenal vs Liverpool game. I’d just watched a very depleted Arsenal get beaten 2-0 by a side that had invested 100 million pounds in the previous two transfer windows. It was the clearest image I’ve seen of two teams going in opposite directions. Both aiming for a Champions League spot, however it was the one from Merseyside that seemed to be heading for the European promise land.
As much as it pains me to see the mess we are currently in, I think many of us are missing the fundamentals here.
Wenger and the board are basically economists and financiers and businessmen. They are investors. Many are not true fans but see the potential of a cash rich business and the revenue stream that a successful global brand that Arsenal is. Wenger stands out as he also is a football manager. They all agree on the base for Arsenal is a sound business model. This means that the club is:
1. Debt free
Arsenal have over the last 6 years become known more as a selling club or an academy rather than a serious rival in major competitions. The Arsenal board have had it easy as they could easily pass over the lack of investment as the consequences of moving into a new stadium. The Emirates cost £390m but now, 6 years after the stadium opened, the debt has nearly been written off. With that in mind, supporters were hoping to see a lot more investment in the team, which has been looking rather ordinary in the past couple of seasons.