Well can you believe it, on such a day too, news breaks that a ‘Middle Eastern Consortium’, who do not want their identity made public yet, are planning to make a £1.5bn bid for our club.
A ‘source’ has Telegraph Sport the intention is to buy out our two major shareholders, although their is suggestion that the group would be prepared to work with Alisher Usmanov should he not wish to take up any offer made to him.
The cash offer, which is more than twice the amount at which Arsenal were valued two years ago and if successful, would wipe out debts that stand at around £250 million according to the last full year’s financial results.
According to a bid source, there would be substantial transfer funds made available to transform the club into a major force in European and world football. There would also be a pledge to reduce ticket prices at the Emirates Stadium — currently among the highest in the world — as well as an attempt to recreate “some of the feel of the old North Bank” at Highbury.
Well well, what do we make of that then?
Stan Kroenke has maintained that he and his family are at Arsenal for a very long time, surely if any offer of such magnitude came along, he take the money and run?
If this news is true, and if any such bid is successful, I guess today will be the last time the Totts have any kind of chance of beating us!
Which takes me nicely into today’s fixture….
It’s North London Derby Day, a day when only Red & White matters. There is only room enough for one great club in this side of London and that’s us!!
You want some statistics?
Well here is one, the only one you are getting:
Bale: 19 goals in 32 appearances
Walcott: 18 goals in 33 appearances
Nothing between them really, so what’s all the fuss about the Welshman?
They have Lennon, Parker and Adebayor – we have Walcott, Arteta and Giroud!
They have Lloris in goal, we have Szczesny – ok they might sneak that one but he’s known to make the odd gaff.
They have Vertonghen, Walker and Dawson – we have Vermaelen, Jenkinson and Monreal!
They have Sigurdsson, Dembele and Holtby – we have Rosicky, Cazorla and Wilshere!
They have Bale – we have Santi Cazorla!!
I could go on, seriously guys, we match them, in fact we better them, we have no need to fear them.
Forget Champions League football, forget what has gone by this season for just one day and focus on PRIDE!!
Pride for the shirt.
Pride for the club.
Pride for the fans.
And Pride for yourself and you team-mates.
Whoever Wenger selects today needs to go out onto the turf at SHL, do all those things and know that the 12th man up in the stands will be right behind you.
They usually are, regardless.
Give them something special today, give us all something very special.
Three points and a double over them this season….
Let’s hope it’s a great day for the good guys…..