Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Quick Throw: The Battle for Arsenal is heating up

In a very quiet move, the American Stan Kroenke has purchased a few more shares in Arsenal to push his total ownership to 28.3%, significantly ahead of the tubby Uzbek Alisher Usmanov.

Under financial rules, once any shareholder reaches a 30% threshold, they are obliged to launch a takeover bid. You get the impression Usmanov will be trying to maneuver soon.

Still, one thing's for certain; it doesn't matter who owns the club, as they'll be unsuccessful in motivating Arsene Wenger to spend money.

[Guardian Sport]

28 comments:

Mike Georger said...

tj

I refuse to get excited over this game, it will end six to one.

Also, LEAVE STEVE COHEN ALONE!

Keith said...

Come on you Latics!

Mike Georger said...

"Carlos Tevez comes on for Manchester United and it is the ineffective Anderson who is hauled off. So, all four of them are on - can Wigan survive?"

No.

Steve said...

too good to be true, yeah?

Steve said...

damn, just as i posted. 1-1.

i knew i shouldn't have talked about fight club.

in other news, ferguson is crazy to give up tevez. and man u fans are crazy if they think macheda and welbeck can replace him.

Mike Georger said...

I would put all the money I have on Tevez not leaving. They'll pay out the nose for him.

Keith said...

Stupid sexy Tevez

Steve said...

you think so, Georger? I dunno. Ferguson is weird about this stuff sometimes. also, I'm not sure Tevez really wants to sign. I think he'd rather be playing consistently.

Mike Georger said...

Eh I think it's all hot air over money. I don't trust anyone who goes to United with that roster to have playing time at the center of their desires.

I'd guess they sign him up and get Benzema this summer. No fucking way is Fergie's 'no major arrivals' statement true.

Steve said...

yeah I can definitely see that happening. I wouldn't be surprised if Tevez says, multiple trophies a year is pretty appealing even if you don't get to feature in most of the big games.

Steve said...

"Ronaldo starts crying again after being denied a penalty."

our Soccernet friend is back.

Teeknuts said...

I knew that United were going to equalize as soon as Wigan scored, now I'm just waiting for the god damn winner, probably from Ronaldo.

Steve said...

hard to tell from the gamecast, but it looks like utd are pelting them at the goal with about 10 mins left. hopefully wigan holds on

Steve said...

damn. that's it.

Mike Georger said...

Wow what a fucking finish.

Spectator said...

Title chase over. Thanks for playing. See you next year!

Steve said...

yup

Teeknuts said...

I expect Arsenal to give up at least 4 goals on Saturday.

Steve said...

anyone know how many times Utd have come back from behind to win this year? seems like quite a few.

Mike Georger said...

A hot bunch. This is still encouraging though. I don't see them getting much better in defense next year, and they may well be breaking in a new keeper. This dynasty has the stench of old age on it to me.

Teeknuts said...

Depending on who ends up managing Chelsea, I think next season could end up being a great title race.

Precious Roy said...

Word that Vidic is considering Madrid. They have to sell Ronaldo to finance any major incoming moves.

They'd be crazy not to sign Tevez, but like someone said, he's going someplace where he can play full time. Did SAF pay £30M for Berbatov to be a sub?

I don't care much what United does as long as Ronaldo leaves. They look sort of ordinary without him.

Also, do you have to launch a takeover bid at 30% or do you just have to make a formal declaration as to whether or not you intend a takeover bid? Thought it was the latter.

Mike Georger said...

As soon as I get my monogrammed track suit in, I'm in the running.

Precious Roy said...

"They" in that second sentence is "United" obviously.

Teeknuts said...

And just because, Fuck Steven Cohen.

Mike Georger said...

"It's a shame if we lose and a shame if we beat Utd. Sir Alex is the maestro"
-Wigan Chairman David Whelan.

Sickening.

Precious Roy said...

Whelan is also the baby crying that they don't get enough TV money.

Perhaps if you put up a fight worth watching you fucking pantywaist you'd be entitled to more fucking money.

JT said...

And to think I expected 27 comments about the interesting financial battle shaping up at Arsenal