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Post by jason.mandryk on Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:53 am

Kroenke owns three major league teams in the USA, and none of them have ever won silverware during his ownership or tenure as majority shareholder. His Colorado Rapids won the MLS Cup in 2010, but with the restrictions on spending in that league, there is great parity anyway. The Avanlanche won two Stanley Cups not too long before he took over there, the Rams a Superbowl when he was a shareholder but not the owner (they've regressed competitively since he took over), and the Nuggets have never been remotely close.

His documented interest in the Dodgers as well as his control of Arsenal show him as branching out as much as possible into major sports franchises.

From what I can tell, there are only two reasons why a sane person would do this:

1) They are sports-mad and just love owning sports teams, wanting to win trophy and fulfil the romance of lifting titles and leading clubs to glory. Kroenke's history of ownership shows that he does not win titles; he owns stable, well-run, usually profitable teams.

2) They are investing in profitable enterprise. Kroenke not only owns multiple teams, but he also own the stadia some of them play in, the broadcasters who show their games, the ticket companies who sell the tickets. Clever business.

So, what you can expect is much more likely number 2 (as his recent ranch purchase would indicate). Fans of Kroenke's other franchises, as well as, increasly, Arsenal supporters can tell you that you can expect Arsenal to be a stable, well-run, profitable club. But don't expect any hard pushes to grab trophies.

That, more than Wenger's mental health, or Usmanov's ambitions, or Guardiola's availability, or Villa's availability or Diaby's calf/thigh/ankle/toenail/left nostril is what will determine Arsenal's likelihood of glory in the foreseeable future.

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Post by Jonathan Prendergast on Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:32 am

I don't disagree with your logic.

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Post by Michael Foster on Tue Dec 25, 2012 8:35 am

I have been saying he is all wrong from word go......


Getting him on board.....wrong wrong and wrong.....he ha offered us nothing compared to what the other could....

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