Date:Friday April 20 2007
I'm one of the people who would be happier to see the current board remain. The reason being that I'm interested in the long-term safety of the club, and the current board have been there for years, and know things 'the arsenal way'. Mind you, so does Double D. I wouldn't want to see Arsenal become a thing to be traded, bought, off-loaded, and treated as a commodity. I like the fact that we are currently off-limits, and that we are at the very top, a very English club.
But it's a tricky one - for all the fan's anger that greeted the Glazers' takeover of ManUre, there does not seem to be much in the way of vitriol towards them now, and ManUre are doing very well, as they steamroll on towards at the very least one major honour this season. The Liverpool situation is too early into it's existence to really be able comment on, and even Roman seems to have kissed and made op with Mourinho, where a few weeks ago it was being debated whether his love affair with the club was on the wane...
who is to say that Kroenke, were he to take over, would not see that the club, under his ownership, carried on as they were run before, and that events travelled along a smooth and unruffled pathway, but with extra team funds available? That could well be the case. He could be the man who would provide Arsene with the funds to go out and compete at the very top end of the market, or be able to make wage offers to ensure that we would not lose / lose out on players due to financial constraints.
but what concerns me more than the immediate is the long-term. ManUre, despite their fantastic season this time out, are still saddled with a massive debt; Chelsea, should roman one day turn off the cash-taps, would be faced with an insurmountable and club-threatening deficit that would surely cripple them in one way or another (hence his desire to make Chelsea self-supporting), and Liverpool? They are looking forward to a sizeable warchest in the summer, and a new stadium on the horizon, i really feel i cannot comment too much on them as i wish to see more of how events unfold at Anfield first.
I for one am (like everyone else) sorry to see Dein go, he has indeed been one of the most forward-thinking directors in football during the last 20 years, and is known as a true Arsenal man. But then we enter the quandary of why he would have preferred that Arsenal move to the new Wembley, instead of developing a new stadium in Islington. The Arsenal are now so firmly entrenched in the area that I cannot imagine my beloved team ever being anywhere else, and we have all seen how much of a fiasco the new Wembley turned into, whilst our fantastic new stadium was delivered on-time, on-budget.
I'm not saying that a takeover would be the end of the world, or going to launch into a Winston Churchill 'fight them on the beaches' speech, but the board, i feel, deserve a little more loyalty - under Arsene's tenure they have never let us down, and they hold the club in their hearts, even if it is in a sensible, non-sensationalist way. We are all behind Arsene Wenger, we never question him, as we know he has the best long-term interests of the club at heart (new stadium, development of young players from within, who learn to play the arsenal game, from top to bottom of the club). But so do the board, they are looking at what is best for the club in the long haul, not just the next 3 years or so.
Article submitted by Wingston75
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Date:Friday April 20 2007
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