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Arsenal subject to Arab Consortium takover

Post by Jason Morrison on Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:52 pm

Ravneet Singh wrote:Didnt know where else to put it....
Interesting.Very Interesting.

An Arab consortium is considering making a bid for Arsenal in the near future, according to reports in The Sun on Sunday and Sunday Telegraph.


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Arsenal fans will hope the news means further reinvestment in the team
American Stan Kroenke is currently the club's majority shareholder, while Uzbek Alisher Usmanov also holds a significant stake, and the offer for Arsenal would reportedly see the potential investors bid around £20,000 per share, making Kroenke's holding worth £830 million.

The papers report that the offer for 100% ownership will come in at around £1.5 billion - twice the amount at which Arsenal were valued two years ago - and, if successful, would wipe out debts that stand at around £250 million.

A bid source told Telegraph Sport: "Arsenal is at a pivotal position at the moment. The fear is that the club is facing a cycle of decline like Liverpool. From our point of view it is the perfect moment to make this bid because at this moment in time you can still genuinely justify this extraordinary valuation on the club.

"We will not bid for Arsenal if they go into decline. Kroenke and Usmanov will not get this kind of valuation if Arsenal do not succeed and will not get this kind of valuation ever again.

"We think that bidding now is the key because it is going to give every shareholder maximum value. We are giving them peak valuation. The amount of capital required to pump into Arsenal to make it competitive within England, Europe and the world means that the valuation cannot go any higher."

While the lucrative deal would give Arsenal and its fans significant cause for optimism, it is believed senior figures in the bid will retract their offer if the Gunners fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.

"Kroenke needs to have a real think about the dangers of Arsenal missing out on the Champions League," a source told the Sun. "There are lots of financial implications to that whatever the manager Arsene Wenger or the board may claim about being able to survive it.

"While they still have a chance of getting into the Champions League again you can still notionally put a value on the club. But this bid might not be on the table if they miss out on the top four. Even if they do qualify, this valuation won't be increased.

"They could wait five years and they will never get a better deal. If the takeover goes through it would be one of the biggest in football history. The only club worth this sort of money is Manchester United because it is impossible to buy Real Madrid or Barcelona."

Arsenal's potential new owners have already outlined a number of strict operating conditions in an attempt to return a hierarchy to the club which they feel has allowed Wenger to emerge unscathed from dismal performances in recent years.

"No manager, not even Alex Ferguson, could survive eight years without winning a trophy at a big club," the Sun's source continued. "He is never questioned by the board at the moment.

"There is no face that he has to report to, nobody asking him what's going on with the playing side at the club and demanding answers. It all just seems to drift along. And in commercial terms, they are so far behind United."



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Re: Arsenal subject to Arab Consortium takover

Post by Jason Morrison on Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:57 pm

I wouldn't want us to become like chelsea, city or psg but I feel I wouldn't mind just for the fact that it would get rid of kronke and probably some of the current stale board that just accept everything as it is. Also I'd hope these people aren't as impatient as abromovich, last thing I'd want is that bastard at our club. Think this might provide us with the ability to spend our OWN money without the need to worry about everything that's preventing us from using that money right now.

In anycase it's probably a load of bullshit but it's definitely something worth pondering over.

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Post by Michael Foster on Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:29 am

Well I would be in favour of it...Stan needs to get as far away from arsenal as possible...as its been said it would give us huge huge chances to spend money without worrying about anything...

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Post by Mike York on Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:28 pm

Jason Morrison wrote:I wouldn't want us to become like chelsea, city or psg but I feel I wouldn't mind just for the fact that it would get rid of kronke and probably some of the current stale board that just accept everything as it is. Also I'd hope these people aren't as impatient as abromovich, last thing I'd want is that bastard at our club.

That's my train of thought too. Kroenke is obviously not that interested in the club bar the business it can bring him, but at the same time I like that we're pretty much self-sufficient and we're not similar to Chelsea/City/PSG who have impatient owners who treat the club like a toy and don't care about the history and the players. If anyone was going to take over from Kroenke I'd prefer it to be Usmanov as at least he seems to actually care about the club, but I have my reservations about him too.

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Post by Michael Schatzky on Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:36 am

I agree that the board and Kroenke is just as much to blame for the current situation as Wenger is; in so much as they have seemed to have handed total control on the footballing side to Wenger when it seems obvious to many other people that his grasp on tactics, strategy, man management is diminishing.
Horrible management structure.
If Wenger had a better grasp of tactics we might not be 7 points behind Spurs even with the reduced quality of the squad this year. A couple a tweaks here and there at crucial points in certain matches might have made the difference...
Wenger could stand to have his decisions questioned because we make the same mistakes on field as we did 4 years ago, regardless of personnel.
Here is a good article as the why the takeover bid is all smoke and mirrors. Probably doesn't get us any further ahead.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/bobbymcmahon/2013/03/03/congratulations-your-takeover-bid-for-arsenal-arrived-only-a-decade-late/

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