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Fiszman- 'No intention of Selling'

It seems that the Arsenal PR machine has well and truly got it's sticky cogs oiled, and since they began grinding into motion last week, they're not 'arf getting through some rpm at the moment.

In a statement released today on Arsenal.com, Danny Fiszman has reiterated his commitment to the Arsenal cause, and confirmed once again that he has no intention of parting with his shares.

The statement from Danny Fiszman read thus:

"Over the past few months there has been much ill-informed speculation about my shareholding in Arsenal. I publicly stated my position back in April and to eradicate any uncertainty supporters may have, I would like reiterate exactly where my position is again.

"I have been a member of the Board for 15 years now. The Club has experienced many successes both on and off the pitch in that time and being part of the Arsenal family is something that is not only in my mind but also in my heart. I, together with the rest of the Board take great pride in the fact that Emirates Stadium is our home and great pleasure in the exciting, entertaining football that the team plays.

"The Board is a strong unit; we are the custodians of this Club. In April we entered into an agreement not to dispose of our interests for at least one year with the intention retaining our interests thereafter. In short, I have no intention of selling my shares in Arsenal for the foreseeable future. There are exciting times ahead with the team showing so much promise, we are energised by what the future holds. I hope now that my position is absolutely clear."

So there you have it. A welcome clarification from Arsenal's major shareholder that there will be no trading of his shares for the foreseeable future', which however long that may be, means that there shall be no takeover at Arsenal this coming season.

This is a piece of reading that, whilst i can't speak for other gooners, I find very comforting. Whether you are in favour of a takeover or not, hopefully we can all put the uncertainty of a potential Kroenke takeover to bed, tuck it in, read it a bedtime story and turn out the lights before closing the door, and now get back to concentrating on the matters which we SHOULD be concentrating on - football.

So fingers crossed, we can all get back to debating how long Arsene's next contract will be for, what winger Arsene may sign, and how many goals over 20 RVP will notch up this season, and which of our young players will be 'young player of the year' come may.




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Writer: Wingston Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 23 2007

Time: 9:09PM

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Particularly agree with your penultimate paragraph, Wings. I found it comforting too, coz we do not need further uncertainty now. And these 'rumours' (well-planted by Kroenke, might I add) came at the wrong time, when we should be focussing on matters on the pitch. I have recently become quite a fan of what the current Board has achieved, and I dont want to see them sell out, to a Brit or otherwise. So which winger will it be? :)
prits
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23/07/2007 21:17:00

I'm with you on that Wingston. Following on from the Edelman statement earlier this seems to be a reiteration of relative strength. While the present board holds together any attempt at a takeover would almost certainly fail and would prove costly. If Kroenke and/or Dein have the clubs interests at heart rather than their own a reciprocal statement of satisfaction with the status quo would both underpin their existing investments and enhance the medium term prospects of the team.
Amos.
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23/07/2007 21:23:00

Although I've never had any doubts about the loyalties of our board, I've been getting pretty *****ed off with the media hype and lies/speculation surrounding certain members regarding the potential takeover bid(s). I agree with prits - this media attention is no accidental thing, rather a concerted effort by the Kroenke/Dein supporting camp to undermine us. We should view this as a good sign though - I think Kroenke underestimates the intelligence of our board AND fans if he thinks that we would welcome him with open arms without question (we're far too intelligent for that) just because he waves a few large sums of money under our noses. This statement justifies the belief I hold that our current board members have the best interests of Arsenal at heart, as they have done all along.
BergkampsBoot
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23/07/2007 22:39:00

Have just read Goodplaya's latest posting - he points out (in a fantastic manner..>) that Ecclestone is 77, and that as such is hardly one for the long term future :)

All this seeming attempts at destabilisation of the club are very annoying, but hopefully this will stem the flow of it for a good few months...

As for which winger, far be it from me to speculate, I'll just put my faith in Le Gaffer to do the right thing, he's got a pretty good track record if it :) »»Arsene Knows««
Wingston75
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23/07/2007 22:43:00

While I think agree it's great that Fiszman steadies the boat for another season, I am convinced that he will sell up in a year - it's all too tidy the way he is relocating, having sold a few shares, and says 'forseeable future'. When he does sell I can't see many options that will allow us to continue in the same fashion as we are now - especially with vultures circling and waiting to do leveraged buyouts.
Andy-bayor
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24/07/2007 10:58:00

If the current guys have no problems with their shares then let them keep those shares and continue doing the sterling job they have done over the days. The chairman said correctly that any shareholder who comes into the club is basically after money and that may affect our finances. Remain united guys we are firmly behind you.
Zimbolicious
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24/07/2007 15:34:00

The future is bright,RVP will be player of the season and top goal scorer and Theo will win the Young Player of the year :thumbup:
Babeasta
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25/07/2007 10:03:00

 

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