Hope you all had a good weekend. I have the sunburnt forehead and general tiredness to prove it.
So, it looks like Satan Kroenke might have some competition when it comes to buying up Arsenal. Reports today suggest an Arabian businessman, Mohammed Al Hashimi, is interested in buying the club. He was involved in a failed bid to buy Liverpool apparently and says of Arsenal:
I know the owners are very reluctant to sell but I see Arsenal as a very profitable club. Liverpool was an opportunity which does not come along every day but we have to move on.
He’s all tied in with the Dubai government and Sheik Muhammed Al Maktoum and probably Ali Baba too. Honestly, the stories surrounding the club become more and more outrageous as the days go on. What’s next? We’ll probably discover that Arsenal are responsible for the success of Justin Timberlake, the extinction of countless endagered species and the continued existence of Robbie Savage.
I suppose it comes with the territory but with the current board having already pledged not to sell their shares for at least a year, and the way the shares are held at the moment, anyone trying to get involved in a takeover now must be off their rocker. Check out East Lower for a sensible view on why a Glazer type takeover should be resisted at all costs.
Florent Malouda says he is going to leave Lyon but the Sun mentions only Liverpool and Chelsea as possible destinations. A price of Â£10m, and even Â£15m in some papers, has been mentioned. No wonder it’s tough in the transfer market if someone like Malouda can command a fee of Â£15m.
Thank you to all my Norwegian readers, and I do mean ALL of them, who emailed me yesterday to let me know Arsene was in town to complete a deal for young centre-half Haavard Nordtveit. This link has a picture of Arsene at the game and it’s believed a deal was done to brig him to the club. At age 16 he’s another one for the future though rather than somebody who can make an impact on the first team right away.
Obviously Arsene is back in the groove though. I expect us to sign a 15 year old Swede, a 17 year old Dane who is blind but has a in built sonar which would make the best bats in the world jealous and a Finnish kid who hasn’t even been born yet.
Not much else to tell you this Monday then. I better go put some cream on my forehead. Whipped should do the trick, I reckon.