The Usmanov PR machine has been out and about this morning: promises of cash injections to be used to buy new players are rife. This does not sit well with the cynic in me, it smacks of opportunism. Having just suffered the indignity of two humiliating defeats we are at our most vulnerable, like a sweaty paedophile offering sweets to children outside school, if we are foolish enough to take what might seem like a treat I suspect we will regret it for a long time to come. In our case the enticement being offered in a grubby little bag from a fat sweaty hand is the equivalent of David Villa with all the intoxicating lure that sugar has to a ten year old.
The sad reality is that the signing David Villa is about as likely as the signing of Messi. Maybe a tad better because of the debt that Valencia have but equally as unlikely that either will play for Arsenal this coming season.
Apart from making it clear in every interview he ever gives that he does not want to leave Spain both Barcelona and Real Madrid need new strikers either of which are capable of out bidding us but even if we imagine that he is just saying he doesn’t want to leave Spain to push the price up, Chelsea would out bid us by whatever it took and there is no reason why David Villa is more likely to want to play at Arsenal than Chelsea. I know it is good to have a dream but unfortunately I just cannot see how this dream is going to come true.
The season hasn’t even finished and the cries for change are so loud that they have been heard in Uzbekistan and I must admit that I am going through my vocal warm up exercises as I write this but when it comes to the craving of new strikers it seems to me that some of us are accidentally in danger of throwing the baby out with the bath water.
Until a striker reaches 23 you really can’t be certain just how good he is going to be and if we are not careful we could miss out on a very special player, just ask Juventus, why I hear you say; has London gone mad again, no just mention the name of Thierry Henry to any Juventus fan and they will let out a deep sigh as their gaze moves embarrassingly towards the floor. They sold him just before his 23rd birthday and Wenger was there with open arms. The rest my friends is history as they say, a history that gives us a warm inner glow.
Ok, that’s enough warm glow I am trying to make a serious point here: Bendtner 20, Walcott, 20, Vela 19; are far too young to consider selling.
It might appear that the board room is in turmoil but this is not my impression. It seems to me that a very orderly transition has taken place and the reigns of power have been handed from Fizman and the long term shareholders including Hill-Wood over to Kroenke. There is of course the question of Lady Nina’s shares that could still tip the balance of power but as I have said before I cannot see her wanting to do anything that would hurt Arsenal so my guess is that Kroenke is working on the basis that they are in the bag. That said, if the noise made from the Usmanov camp in this morning’s little sortie is anything to go by they are not going to give up until the fat man sings.
The one good thing, above all, that is clear about Kroenke is that he has not bought into Arsenal for reasons of purely increasing his personal wealth. It seems to me that people like Kroenke enter into these ventures for very similar reasons as the world’s leading poker players go to Las Vegas: they want to be, and be seen, at the table of the “Big Game”. I am not trying to say that he is gambling with Arsenal I am trying to say that by having a controlling interest in the club he has an important component that gets him a seat at the “Big Table” of world sport; it is an essential part of his sports portfolio that gets him recognition as a global player. Simply put, this is an ego thing.
OK Stan, you have got your shiny new toy car in Arsenal lets see how fast you can make it go.
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