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Arsenal Ownership Series – Part 1

Today’s quick post is the first of a three part series by Akash (@gooner_optimist)

Alright, so I finally get the honour to write for Positively Arsenal. As my first series of posts here, I felt it would be rather insightful, if I could discuss something that has troubled me lately.

There has been a huge divide within the Arsenal fan base, regarding who should run the club. There is one group (albeit a small one) that is ok with Silent Stan Kroenke (begrudgingly so), and there is the other group (one that is fast growing) that swears by the name of Alisher Usmanov. I would like to clarify that those of us who are “ OK” with Stan are not Pro Stan but would rather have the lesser of the two evils (Stan) at the helm. You’ll see what I mean by this as this series of posts goes along. For this post however, I would like to get people thinking first.

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I have always wondered, if those who are pro Usmanov actually have a clue about who they are vouching for? What is his background? What is his motive? I just feel that many don’t this might be the right time and place for me to just share what I have read and researched about him over the past year or two.

To start with, why is one section of the support vouching for Usmanov? Is it because of his alleged claims offering massive investment into the club?  His alleged love for the club?  Or is it the lack of patience and desire for instant gratification? Or is it down to the well-timed PR statements that echo the words that fans want to hear but come around only when the chips are down?

My question is have people ever wondered why is it that the board is not willing to accept him into the executive committee of the club? Or if Usmanov is indeed passionate about the club and willing to be a generous benefactor, as he claims, why can’t he just invest in the club as he is, rather than demanding a place on the board and access to confidential financial details of the club?

To answer this, I would like to dig deep into the Arsenal history, back to the day, when Sir Henry Norris the then chairman of the club, placed an ad in the Athletic News, seeking a suitable candidate for the Arsenal top job in 1925. What is interesting is the content of the ad placed, which read like this.

“Arsenal Football Club is open to receive applications for the position of TEAM MANAGER. He must be experienced and possess the highest qualifications for the post, both as to ability and personal character. Gentlemen whose sole ability to build up a good side depends on the payment of heavy and exorbitant transfer fees need not apply “

If you take a closer look at this ad, you can see the similarities in which the club is run today, just like it was back in 1925.  Then and now, the club has never encouraged the idea of over spending and wanted a team to be built within its own resources and developed to be successful instead of bought.

Does that answer the question of why even Silent Stan is preferable to Usmanov? No. If anything that doesn’t even tell you how either one got to be aligned with our great club. For that I would like to fast forward history and side track to David Dein, a man who did a lot for us and for many years was Arsene’s right hand man, but in the end was ousted due to massive differences with the board. This however, will continue in my next post as there is a lot that can be said on that topic.

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67 comments on “Arsenal Ownership Series – Part 1

  1. It seems AW has banned the sun newspaper from the training ground

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  2. “with backgrounds in ‘marketing’ and other pointless occupations

    Ha ha ,Now that is funny Passenal

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  3. Nice post AKISH.
    A bit short but thought provoking. Love that ad by NORRIS. values and morels haven’t changed much through the years. Earned trophies and titles is what matters. Anyone can purchase a tin can. We shall try to do it the right way and that title my friends will have a total difference feel to it..
    AGAINST ALL ODDS.
    I agree with ZIMPAUL and his eloquent post regarding AW and why he is feared and disliked. Doing it the proper way does not promote speculation and money talks in these circles. It is not being on a high horse GP and I agree with you that I wouldn’t want ARSENAL to join this monkey business and become yet another disgusted hog of a club. Another cancer on the body of this greatest of all sports.
    If ALISHIR were to gain control over the club interference will be modus operandi. . AW. WILL LEAVE. I have no doubt. And we will become another club buying its way to the top. Another manure.another chelski. Another man shitty . Everything that we despise.SK. any day for me.
    I have not seen any evil. He helped avoid the hostile take over and is following our model with least amount of interference. He is backing the manager all the way and if money was needed I am sure he will still be there to help. On the other hand the Uzbeks PR campaign is doing nothing but harm to the club. Dein had to be gotten ride of even after
    he did for the club. A necessary evil at the time. He wants back in on the board now. Not a chance. He and his agent son have done nothing but destabilize the club and its players. NO TO RED&WHITE HOLDINGS. no to alishir and no to David dein.
    YES TO AW . STAN and. ARSENAL…..
    this minor storm shall also pass. The club will emerge so much the stronger and tougher for it.
    ONWARDS. AND. FORWARDS…………

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  4. Paid agents are at work and stirring the you know what. No doubt about it. Its their only option left. To try and turn the fans against the club.
    you can put that in your conspiracy pipe and smoke it.

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  5. MASTER GEORGE
    if I may can you pls enlarge that font size a couple of degrees.
    it makes for easier reading. And maybe divide the comments into pages of 25 each. More hits. smiling winks face…..

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  6. Sorry Kam ,that No and No.

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  7. Goonerkam – You are playing with kung-fu George. Winkies and Smiley’s.

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  8. Cool, great blog by the way, positively excellent…

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  9. Hahaha SHOTTA. Even with three years of kempo training I would not dare tango with MASTER MERKAT. he would break my wrists. In no time flat..

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  10. Every word measured and delivered with out most class and patience.
    I have never know any manager such as AW. we are so lucky he loves the club as much as we do and more. So sad some supporters don’t realize this. And the team ends up paying for it.

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  11. larger fonts – yes
    divide comments – no

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  12. What is a font?
    Am I expected to do Christenings?

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  13. bit short, Akash, so I await parts two and three P with interest. I entirely agree with Georgyaki – I care very much who owns my club, for the same reasons.

    Superb post, ZimPaul on why Usmanov is so desperate to get control of the club. I suspect (not of anyone in particular) that some people regard ownership of a club as a handy laundry for dirty money.

    Passenal at 7:14pm, bang on. I have friends in marketing, PR, and other pointless occupations (ha-ha) who tell me that what we think he is doing is very easy to organise. I recall two different blog owners commenting that the negative nutters would generate hundreds of different usernames, agreeing with each other and spreading their poison, all from about 6 IP addresses.

    G69 – well said about the position of Man City and Liverpool.

    And I agree with team spirit – please can we have a bigger font and NOT divide the comments into pages (sorry goonerkam). And yes, Brother George, you are expected to baptise born-again fans into the Gooner faith.

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  14. Hello FUNGUNNER. Nice to see you again. Have missed your great posts and good to see the rest of the old RED AND WHITE GANG.

    MASTER GEORGE
    As you can see bigger is better. Baptize Away.
    my eyes and theirs will thank you for it. So will we. Hahaha.

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  15. New post is up.

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  16. Great piece. Can’t wait for the subsequent ones. Thanks mate.

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  17. […] posts on Arsenal’s ownership by Akash (@Gooner_optimist). If you missed them, do take a look at Part 1 and Part 2 as they both lead up to this […]

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