Date:Friday September 28 2007
Arsene Wenger has echoed the concerns of Arsenal fans regarding the influx of business men into English football purely to make money.
Arsenal Football Club, it's board and it's supporters are currently locked in a battle with Alisher Usmanov and his company, Red & White Holdings over ownership of the club.
Usmanov is determined to swipe as many shares as possible in the hope of gaining a 'blocking stake' and then sitting on his shares till the price rises and then, I assume, selling them on to who ever will play the highest price with no concern to the future of the club.
Arsenal gaffer Arsene Wenger has voiced his concerns that English football is losing it's soul to these business men along with blanket coverage we are finding on our tv's.
'English football is losing his soul,' Wenger told France Football. 'Fans are the keeper of our football. But the first signs of danger are there to see. Stadiums are starting to empty, TV channels and radio stations are overcrowded with football.
'There is a kind of overdose looming.'
'Suddenly the English model has gone from owner-supporters to owner-businessman.
'The danger wasn't there yesterday but it's there today. Of course you can have business integrated into the sport while still respecting the values of football.
'However perhaps it is time for people to worry.'
No doubt we will have rival fans coming here questioning Wenger and his policies, many pointing the finger of blame at the Frenchman for the inadequacies of the English game, but before they speak they must think about this.......
Arsenal Football Club is the only club out of the 'big four' that is still 'English owned'. And despite only a nominal amount of English players, Arsenal's stadium is never empty and contributes weekly to heart and soul of the English game.
Note to ANY football fans reading this page; Please sign the petition linked. This not only aims to address the issues of ownership of Arsenal Football Club, but football clubs across the nation. It is in everyone's best interest that we stop the influx of people buying club with the sole interest of profit.
Date:Friday September 28 2007
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