Date:Monday July 23 2007
Well, if it's not transfers, it's takeovers. So no sooner has talk of transfers died down somewhat (apart from the angel di maria transfer being uncovered as a hoax - naughty arsenalshorts.com!!! Slap on the wrists and straight to bed with no tea... actually, i cannot really see what the fuss is - it's only the fact that we as fans are so rabidly looking for signings like the drug that will give us our fix, and probably felt like a bunch of wallies that got up everyone's noses. For me, the fact that Fleet Street had the wool pulled over their eyes for the 2nd time in a week is priceless - perhaps they will be more careful before publishing pieces in the future? Probably not...), then yesterday we had the dubious pleasure of being informed by various publications, including the bbc, the telegraph and the NOTW that Bernie Ecclestone may be interested in Arsenal, as he's 'interested in anything if it's cheap enough.'
So folks, still want that takeover? Cos if this fella got his hands on the club, hardly sounds like he'd be in the mood to splash the cash for signings, which seems to be the main reason that gooners want a takeover to materialise. This sounds to me like PRECISELY the reason i am more than happy to have the club in the hands of PHW, Edelman, Fizsman, et al.
The full quote from Ecclestone is 'If somebody offers me something I think is good value, I will have a go. I'm interested in anything if it's cheap enough.'
Now, i know you'll probably say that it's a bit premature, coming out with that Wingers, all because of one little quote. And maybe so.
But my club isn't something to be valued by the rich and powerful as a little plaything, or a bargain, so if Bernie is looking for a bargain, i sincerely hope that he is mortified by the prospect of having to fork out £650m - please do us a favour Mr Ecclestone and naff off somewhere else. The man has a proven track record of being exceedingly brutal in F1, chopping and changing the calendar and locations on the F1 calendar, famously nearly pulling the British Grand Prix from Silverstone. It's entirely possible that under a man with that sort of history, a chairman such as this would not think twice about ripping the team away from it's North London home. And he hardly sounds like the kind of guy who'd bring you the multi million pound mega-signings (which Arsene VERY rarely makes anyway...).
I just hope this is an off-the-cuff remark by Mr Ecclestone, which was picked up by some journo and blown out of all proportion. To any of you ready to see the current board ousted, the prospect of being bought out by a man who is looking for value, as opposed to the honour of purchasing one of the most prestigious clubs in the world of football, perhaps you will view the stewardship of the current board after the spectre of an Ecclestone buyout after all.
The grass would surely not be greener on the other side of this particular fence.
Date:Monday July 23 2007
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