So Arsenal have signed up a new partnership with Airtel, Africa’s equivalent to Vodafone and Arsenal are over the moon.
Arsenal’s Head of Global Partnerships Vinai Venkatesham said:
I am delighted to welcome Airtel into our family of Commercial Partners. This is the second long-term partnership arrangement to arise from the continent and we look forward to developing a number of exciting initiatives with Airtel, starting with our forthcoming tour to Nigeria in August.
This underlines the depth of our following in Africa and how the profile of the Club continues to grow internationally.
Airtel Africa Chief Marketing Officer, Andre Beyers added:
Football fans across Africa are known for their passion of the great game. Arsenal’s exciting style of play and a history of working with the best talent from Africa will enrich this partnership and offer a wealth of opportunities for upcoming players and fans.
The partnership provides an impetus to the Airtel Rising Stars in some of the countries that have produced amazing young talent and whose youth teams have gone on to win FIFA Youth and Olympic tournaments.
Call me an old cynic all you like but I see this as a partnership to help Arsenal secure some of the best African players ‘out there’ and to be honest, I am all for it too. We have signed a few cracking players of African descent and not many, if any, have not done themselves proud. No doubt someone will shoot me down for having that view.
What this deal bring to the club in terms of finances I am not sure but no doubt someone will enlighten us today.
It seems we can’t go a day without seeing Robin van Persies name in the newspapers and today is no exception. Today reports are that PSG are ready to rival Manchester City for the signature of our captain. They are a wealthy club too and could probably match what ever City offer him in terms of finances but not football. If he has to go, I’d much rather he went there than join old floppy bonce.
However, I remain quietly confident he’s staying, just wish he would hurry up and put us all out of our misery!
That’s it for today, not much going on in the world of Arsenal….
Have a good one..