Jul 8th, 2009 by 'holic
I was going to start by saying that there can’t be an Arsenal fan who won’t be delighted by the news that Robin van Persie has put pen to paper and extended his Arsenal contract. Who am I kidding? A good friend is one who would take me to task for that particular assertion.
For now though I have to say I am personally delighted we have secured the Dutchman’s services after a season in which he has largely avoided the injuries that had blighted his career to date. Four consecutive ‘player of the month’ awards on the official club site this winter were a just reward for his startling contributions either side of Christmas.
Having said all of that it will be interesting to see what sort of formation Arsene Wenger has in mind for the coming season, and where he sees van Persie fitting in. With Fabregas, Arshavin, and Nasri being joined by a potentially fit-again Rosicky, the temptation to adopt an aggressive variation of a 4-5-1 must be strong. Robin is not a certainty for the lone striking role if that is the case. We shall see.
Thanks Usmanov, But No Thanks
The least surprising news of the day was that having considered Alisher Usmanov’s offer to underwrite a rights issue, the board have opted to maintain the current situation. Officially, the wording from Ivan Gazidis was “Using permanent capital to pay down debt would not, therefore, radically transform the annual cash flow of the Club.”
Want a translation, and an explanation in English?
We don’t want the possibility that a rights issue that is not fully subscribed to put Usmanov in a position where he has control of the club by default, and a one-off influx of cash now will not significantly benefit us in years to come.
OK, so Mr Gazidis did not say the first bit, but that is what was meant. The significant part is the assertion that a windfall now might not help the long-term situation. That is debatable, it’s true, but I can fully appreciate the decision that has been taken, and the thinking behind it.
I do wonder, however, if the decision would have been the same if the offer had been made by Stan Kroenke?
Well Done Arseblog
It has been a strange couple of days watching the most popular Arsenal blog making the news rather than just offering a personal observation on it. The interview with Ivan Gazidis was a great read, and the Arsenal press office deserve a pat on the back for offering that to a blog rather than the usual outlets.
As a result of that interview hitting the press wires some bright spark at the Mirror took a longer look at Arseblog and decided to have a bit of fun with that Adebayor brochure. Then some lazy git at the Telegraph pinched it too, and all of a sudden something that was a bit of fun became a hot topic on newspaper websites around the world, and on Radio One news.
It has been strange watching the reaction though. A handful of people really do try to make all Arsenal supporters fall out with each other, don’t they? Do you really think that Ade is any more or less likely to move on as a result of that piece? Do you really and honestly believe that his value has fallen by even a brass farthing? Oh please!
Well played, Blogger.
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