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Arsenal In Talks With Billionaire?

Arsenal In Talks With Billionaire?

There are claims in this morning`s newspapers that American Billionaire Stan Kroenke is in talks with Arsenal regarding a potential 'technical partnership` with his football team, MLS side The Colorado Rapids.

According to reports The Colorado Rapids would change their name to incorporate 'Arsenal` into it as well as changing their kit colours to the maroon worn by Arsenal last season.

Arsenal striking a technical partnership with foreign clubs is nothing new. The Gunners have links with Beveren and Celta Vigo as well as ploughing money into youth academies in countries such as Vietnam, Thailand and The Ivory Coast.

Any partnership between the clubs would likely involve an exchange of training techniques, an annual friendly, and Arsenal youngsters being sent on loan to the MLS side.

It would be a fantastic opportunity for Arsenal to raise their profile in The States as 'soccer` starts to increase in popularity and with the arrival of David Beckham in the MLS there could be no better time for an English club to strike any such partnership.

With a population over 300Million, there`s a potentially massive market in the U.S, football just needs a bigger profile over there. Chelsea, Manchester United and AC Milan all make annual tours of America which raises between 5 and 10 Million pounds for each club, so any potential partnership could be very lucrative.

Kroenke is also believed to be interested in a potentially investing in Arsenal. I want to stress that there is no takeover being proposed, merely a cash injection. He has shares in several sports team`s in America and he`s a huge sports fan. Jeff Plush, Rapids MD and close friend of Stan Kroenke is also believed to be a big Arsenal fan.

Watch this space!


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Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Friday February 9 2007
Time: 1:52AM

Comments

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all these takeovers , investments are really getting on my tits ! when the yanky doodles took over liverpool this week they called it a franchise, A FRANCHISE ! next there will be dolly bird walking down the aisles and gangways selling hotdogs during the game !
PUREGOLD
09/02/2007 07:51:00
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Interesting. Arsenal looking to raise thier profile, fan base and cash flow without actually selling thier club to the higgest bidder. Nicely done.
Rocky7
09/02/2007 07:52:00
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Just seems like more media nonsense to me. There may be truth in some kind of technical relationship like we have with Celta Vigo but the rest is just made up. As if a billionaire is going to pump money into arsenal without at least owning part of the club or without the real prospect of taking over. Give it a couple of weeks & all this nonsense will go away its just the media are jumping on the bandwagon because arsenal haven't been taken over!!
Ashburton Gooner
09/02/2007 08:17:00
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It's amazing that Spurs don't get these stories every week. You'd have thought that a club with a pony ground, a rubbish team and a crap fan base would be a very attractive proposition for a would-be foreign investor.
hatespur
09/02/2007 08:22:00
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AG - Considering this american has registered the domain names "Coloardo Arsenal & Arsenal Colorado" may suggest there is more truth to this than your dismissive manner makes out. Billions of £'s a year are spent on advertising, which is essentially what this geezer would be doing. £5 million a year (for instance) could secure a team in one of the most tactically inept leagues in the world, help and advice for the greatest manager in world football, not to mention the loan of young players who would probably be better than anyone in their team. Just for a change I think you're being negative about something.
Rocky7
09/02/2007 08:29:00
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R7, Its my opinion, I dont ever remember coming on here & attacking you!! I thought this was a website for all but obviously its only for people who agree with what you say!! Here is a link to their official website!! They will be training at Colney from early march (their pre season) & yes it talks about a major link up with a european team (clearly arsenal) but it doesn't say anywhere that their owner wants to buy arsenal, just that its another link up like we have with Celta Vigo!! http://www.coloradorapids.com/News/newsdetails.asp?ID=2271
Ashburton Gooner
09/02/2007 08:37:00
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I never said you attacked me man, just that you were being a tad dismissive. And you'll notice that in our article it clearly states that this is not a take over bid.
Rocky7
09/02/2007 08:42:00
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I've just had alook at that website and it states that they will hold a press conference this afternoon to announce a major partnership with another club and alsosome major image changes. So to me that suggests that the article is very accurate.
Rocky7
09/02/2007 08:45:00
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Yeah I was being dismissive of takeover talk that is in all the papers. As you say this is going to be a technical relationship, not a takeover attempt. I have re-read my original comment & I still don't see where I have been negative?? Of course I could understand it being viewed as negative if you are in favour of a takeover but judging by the response on here by arsenal fans the other day (re: Liverpool takeover) then I wouldn't have thought you wanted that. You also intimated that I am always negative & again I don't see this at all. I dont like Flamini but thats one player, him aside how have I been negative about arsenal????
Ashburton Gooner
09/02/2007 08:53:00
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AG, Take is easy. I think there is a little misunderstanding. Read each other's posts again and you will see there is no malice whatsoever meant by Rocky7. I rarely post, but do read a lot of your posts and you guys are two of my very favourite intelligent posters among others, please dont fight! Especially when ther eis absolutely no reason for it
TeamSpirit
09/02/2007 08:57:00
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