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Dein Drones Again

You know those poor souls who are with someone, they get dumped by them, and then they can't accept they've been dumped by them, and then go all psycho - turning up where they work, leaving them voicemails, doing all manner of spooky things as if the two of them were still together? Y'know, they can't accept it's over, take it with good grace, and move the fuck on? And leave the other person to get on with their life? Without the interference of the psycho?

Well, hello there David Dein.

Tango Man's at it again. He's like senator Palpatine from the new Star Wars films - just sitting there, waiting, luuuuuurking. The sleeper. And then... as soon as the chance arises... 'I will rise up, and strike them down, reverse the order of things, and Arsenal WILL be miiiiiiiine!'

Bog off, man - will you? Dein's become like a pathetic unfunny joke, that the same guy re-tells every time you see him, 'til you want to clump the twonk in the face.

He's akin to a pantomime villain, isn't he? No sooner is there a bit of negative uncertain news surfacing about Arsenal, than up pops Dein, proclaiming 'Arsssssssenalll ssssshould ssssssell to OOOOsssssssssmanovvvv-ka-ka-ka...', before licking his 360˚-revolving eyes, with his lizard tongue.

And of course, yesterday's negative news was the mixed-messaged news conference given by Ade.

And you thought that yesterday, that orange glow in the sky was the sun-rising. Noooo - it was David Dein standing on his plinth bathing the world in his orange glow, telling the world about how Arsenal are about to crumble. Dein blathered,

Luckily, they have Arsene but you have to give the man a chance.

I don't want to see Arsenal as the second or even third team in London.

I can see the way the game is going. The wealthier are going to get wealthier and more successful. It is getting polarised.

He [Usmanov] would change the whole dynamic of the club. At Arsenal, something has to break.

okay. Let's take that sentence by sentence.

Sentence 1. Yes, we ARE lucky we have Arsene.He *seems* to be following the course that he wants to follow, ta very much Mr. Dein. I cannot say for certain, as I do not talk with Arsene Wenger, but I cannot imagine that the board would say to Wenger 'we're restricting you to buying kids. Oh, and you're gonna have to sell that African fella for a fat profit.'

Sentence 2. Well, neither do we. At the moment, we ARe behind the chavs in the pecking order, tat is true. But, despite the 27.5m outlay by the spuds (how DO they afford this, year in, year out, spending consistently more than us, finishing behind us, then throwing MORE again in the close season, without finding themselves in massive debt? I know we pay much more than them, judging by our wage bill, perhaps that money they save on wages they divert into transfer funds.), I really cannot see the tiny totts finishing above us this coming season. So chillax, in regards to that one Mister Dein. So they've signed a hotly-tipped young mexican, have they, mister Dein? Well, we've got one of our own too, and we bought him for way less, loaned him to a couple of Spanish teams, and he's coming to play for our team next year as well.

Sentence 3. Oh, he's a bright one, this Dein fella, ain't he. Yes, the wealthy are indeed getting wealthier. And actually, I don't like it, it's killing the sport as a competition. But my thoughts aside, let's look at where Arsenal are. Well, the mancs and the chavs are up to their necks with debt. So while they may be rich, they carry more of a financial burden than we do. We are one of the top five richest clubs in the world, and we'll only move up that list the more we pay off of that stadium debt, organically, and WITHOUT the help of any Oligarch. WE don't need that help. The club is self-sustaining, and the debt serviceable.

Sentence 4. Yes, he would change the whole dynamic of the club. He'd fuck it right up. The fans would be up in arms. We'd lose our sense of identity of who we are as a club, and what Arsenal FC actually means. And as for the 'At Arsenal, something has to break' statement, perhaps, Mister Dein, perhaps on another day it would have been your neck, the day you were tossed out of her club for trying to sell it from under the noses of the board.

Seems like Usmanov's help will not be needed either, if recent reports of Stan Kroenke being invited onto the board are to be believed - we will have our very own rich mofo on board. Not that we will be planning to smash the piggy bank any time yet. If the board are inviting him onboard it will be because they believe he shares their long term vision for the club - stability and success. Not sensationalism and desperation, like David Dein.

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Writer: Wingston Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 28 2008

Time: 9:42AM

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i think he's talking sense
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28/06/2008 11:06:00

Thats because your just an ipswch fan
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28/06/2008 12:09:00

Thank god there's no Anakin here or we'll be in big trouble!
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28/06/2008 13:43:00

Dein is right the wealthy will get wealthier. Arsenal are already a wealthy club and we are getting wealthier. By comparison Chelsea are getting poorer as their losses mount. This is the model that Dein would have you copy. It is wholely dependent on Abramovich funding the club on the same scale in perpetuity. Common sense tells you it won't happen. If he carries on for another 5, 10 or 20 years it doesn't matter because as sure as night follows day, one day it will all come to an end. Bear in mind that Arsenal, like many others, go back more than 120 years. Dein offers nothing but the same sort of pleasure any junkie gets - a short lived buzz before you need another fix.
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28/06/2008 14:55:00

If Usmanov gets anywhere near to taking our club, it would be the darkest day in the premiership's history.
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28/06/2008 14:56:00

Dein goes into a little detail on why he feels that Arsenal need Usmanovin money to compete. From the Telegraph, "Dein voiced a deep concern about the club's property development at their old Highbury home. "The flats are 500,000 up to 1.5 million," said Dein. "A lot of people put 50,000 down but can't find the balance now because the tap has been turned off for mortgages. "Will it make any difference? Maybe not. But where it should have made 100 million, maybe now it will make only 20 million or 30 million, maybe zero. I don't know. It affects the two bonds they have got, for 210 million and 50 million. They were going to pay the 50 million [bond] off from the proceeds of Highbury Square. They may not be able to. Arsenal can't go bust. It's just a drain that every year they are expected to find 25 million-30 million to service it [the bonds]."
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28/06/2008 16:03:00

That's publicity, trying to scare us into believing him. Thanks for his concern, now he can sit on the money he got from Usmanov and retire very well. Thank you very much.
Lou the Gunneress
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28/06/2008 16:23:00

The credit crunch and property slump is fairly new. It was hardly in Deins mind when he sold to Usmanov. This is just opportunism. In any case the property valuations in last years accounts where substantially below their real value and a modest 90mn over 3 years was all that was projected in terms of nett cash. Probably still realisable even in todays climate.
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28/06/2008 17:19:00

If Usmanov takes over Arsenal I'm saying good by to PL football and just watching my local league.
Ozi Gooner
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29/06/2008 12:39:00


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