Tomorrow the Arsenal financial reports will be released. They are expected to show that Arsenal have surpassed Manchester United as the richest football club in the Premiership despite the debt incurred from the Emirates stadium. We've also supposedly jumped from eighth most financially stable club to second, right behind Real Madrid. It's no surprise then that the sharks are now circling Arsenal to get a piece of the action.
I'm not sure if any of you have heard about the allegations that "Alisher Usmanov, potential Arsenal chairman, is a Vicious Thug, Criminal, Racketeer, Heroin Trafficker and Accused Rapist" by Craig Murray, a former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan. Apparently, Usmanov also got his lawyers to take down any critics (unintentionally deleting Boris Johnson's blog which is a laugh). If he was innocent of the charges laid at his door, surely he would not be using such disgusting tactics. There is such a thing as freedom of speech. And Murray actually invites Usmanov to settle the case in court, which the latter refuses to do.
I know many Arsenal fans have been worried about Stan Kroenke but it looks like the sale of David Dein's shares to Alisher Usmanov of Red and White Holdings (blasphemous name!) is even more of a problem. Usmanov is a thoroughly dodgy character, and I can no longer trust Dein for bringing Arsenal to his notice. I am even willing to open talks with Kroenke if it means keeping Arsenal safe from the clutches of a person a million times worse than Roman Abramovich. Certainly, the Board itself is preparing to get Kroenke on some deal not to sell to Usmanov and company.
Are you guys worried about these behind-the-scene developments? Is there something we can do as fans to make sure Arsenal keeps its identity etc? Should we even bother or care?
I think we should get the word out about David Dein's pact with the devil. Someone write a letter to the FA though I doubt that would do as much good. Anyway, I'm glad this chaos is not bothering the players and Wenger.
Arsenal 5-0 Derby, good job boys.