News Corporate Law firms CC, Slaughters win lead roles on Arsenal bid By Joanne Harris 13 April 2011 09:49 17 December 2015 15:07 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 11 April 2011 at 14:46 How sad Arsenal a great football institution flogged off to foreign money grubbers, and the FA and our MPs stand idle while football fans who built these clubs (50% Premier now in o/seas hands) are further exploited. You know whats next Arsenal v Real Madrid in Dubai and then scuttle off with the lolly. Why else would all these non-football owners be interested borrowing money (at the exploited Clubs expense) if it were not for daylight robbery eventually. Its the same greedy motivation that created the bank crisis. Football fans should unite (Yes I,d shake hands with Spurs fans on this) and start a boycott. Reply Link PtW 12 April 2011 at 09:34 Couldn’t agree more. Swap your Arsenal season ticket for one at Wasps, London Irish or Saracens. Reply Link Jimmy Hill 13 April 2011 at 09:54 Agree in general, though in this instance it looks like Kroenke won’t actually be borrowing much for the takeover. The wider point is one about the game selling its soul 20 years ago when the premier league/champions league were born. The foreign ownership issue is merely a direct result of the fact that the clubs stopped thinking of themselves as focal points for the community and began thinking they were businesses (although no one within them had a clue how to run a business – bit like law firms!). I’d disagree about swapping the Emirates for Wasps. If you still love football, just move to Germany and watch a league were they realise that without fans’ active involvement there’s no difference between going to a game or going to the movies. Reply Link Anonymous 13 April 2011 at 14:49 All the bleating and moaning from fans about the game selling out is laughable. It’s just globalisation. Everyone else has got used to it, so why can’t the luddites of the football world? Reply Link Fancydan 13 April 2011 at 15:12 Football long ago lost out to the carpet-baggers. For Arsenal to claim that the new owner will be a custodian is patently ludicrous. The winners in the current free-for-all are the players, Sky, global plastic ‘fans’, the prawn sandwich brigade and the manufacturers of badly sculpted statues of dead pop stars. Reply Link Sceptick Thistle 13 April 2011 at 15:53 “All the bleating and moaning from fans about the game selling out is laughable. It’s just globalisation. Everyone else has got used to it, so why can’t the luddites of the football world?” Tell the Germans that. Consistently the most successful national team in world football over the past 60 years, with one of the most competitive leagues, and Schalke 04 dismantling the Italian champs with ease. All against a backdrop where financial controls are tight, tickets cost a tenner and fifty thousand watch mid-table clubs. And none of them are owned by human rights abusers or rigged auction winners. Seems to me those particular Luddites have it the right way round. Reply Link Paulo Wanchope 13 April 2011 at 16:03 Sceptick seems to have it about right. Germans – notorious luddites, right? Always have been… The only thing Germany has sacrificed is a little bit of purchasing power for their clubs (at the ‘expense’ of having a far far better supply of young players for the national team). But all that means is you haven’t got three guaranteed CL quarter-finalists every year, which is fine given that 99% of fans care a lot more about their domestic leagues than they do about a European competition devalued by the eternal repetition of the contenders Reply Link PtL 13 April 2011 at 16:25 “All the bleating and moaning from fans”…you probably eat at McDonalds as well. To underline the points about German football: few of the national team play abroad; Bayern Munich (a team I love to hate) is the most solvent major club in Europe and they can still afford to pay Robben and Ribery; you can drink beer in the stadium; there are still terraces (inc. one holding 25,000 in Dortmund); there is much more variety at the top of the table (not just a “Big Four”) and a club like Erzgebirge Aue (pop. 17,500) has a good chance of getting into the Bundesliga this year. It also has the world’s coolest club in St. Pauli where the fans recently held a mass protest on the terraces about misogynistic behaviour in one of the executive boxes. Unfortunately they’re going to get relegated… but the fans would rather have that than give up the founding principles of the club. Reply Link Anonymous 13 April 2011 at 16:37 As an Arsenal fan living outside the UK my conserns are not nationalisitc or legal; Football is entertainment and, for any fan, a commitment to winning. If Stan brings back the days of “Boring Boring Arsenal” albeit with a cabinet full of (new) silverware then good luck to him. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.