A few things have occurred to me in these last few days when talk 0nce again turned to Lady Nina’s shares and what was to happen to them………
I have always been of the opinion that David Dein was merely waiting in the wings for his opportunity to return to the club that he loves and supports and that he ran for the best part of 24 years. He may have been the vice-chairman under Danny Fiszman, but he was the public face and mouth-piece of the club. He was the mover and the shaker. Not only was he a power at Arsenal, but also with the FA – a fact that drove our competitors to distraction and prompted allegations that we got special favours.
He brought Arsene Wenger to Arsenal.
By all accounts he would have preferred us not to build the Emirates Stadium but to share Wembley ……… could that really be true? Could any die hard Gooner not relish the idea of owning one of the best stadiums in Europe? This was when I first began to be suspicious of the propaganda machine surrounding the board.
When David Dein introduced Kroenke to the board there was outrage. The supporters weren’t happy and it seemed the board weren’t happy either. Arsenal – the traditionalists – were going to dig their heels in and were not going to go down the route of foreign investment like other clubs. We were led to believe, and many assume it to be so, that there was a falling out between Fiszman and Dein and that the other board members took sides leading to the dismissal of Dein from the board. But what if Fiszman and Dein were in cahoots to bring foreign investment to the club but needed a fall guy to make their plan work? Step up David Dein.
After his dismissal, David Dein promptly sold his shares to the rather disgusting Alisher Usmanov – a russian gazilliionaire and the board strangely took the much maligned american Stan Kroenke to their bosom in order to fend off Usmanov.
So what if the plan had always been to have two millionaires fighting it out for control – the only winner would be Arsenal eventually. Both Kroenke and Usmanov have been introduced to the club by DD. Danny Fiszman and DD have been friends for many years and we all know of the special relationship between Arsene and DD. It seems unlikely to me that currently DD has no involvement in the lives of either of those two men.
Danny Fiszman allowed David Dein to be the voice of Arsenal because he didn’t particularly like the publicity and there were mutterings that he wanted to give up some of his stake at the club but he wouldn’t want to be the one to let in the foreign investment as that would get him a bad name.
What if Danny Fizman agreed to be pushed into the limelight for a short time in the knowledge that David Dein would soon be returned as Chairman?
What if they all know that either Kroenke or Usmanov will install David Dein as chairman after a boardroom battle?
Arsenal will have its foreign investement – our two little boys will have been replaced by two much richer little boys but with David Dein back in charge I’m certain the club would go from strength to strength.
Have fun mulling over this one…………its just my opinion………..