So this is all a bit hit and miss – I have now been without internet access at home for nine days and counting. How did we ever live without it? Perhaps I need to get out more.
I watched Sunday’s game on the pooter rather than coughing up my Â£8, and I was impressed with what I saw. Arsenal, especially in the second half, were excellent, with Fabregas (who else) and Diaby (increasingly authoritative and dynamic), the pick of the bunch. For me, the doom and gloom on the pitch of a few weeks ago has gone, to be replaced by doom and gloom off it. The team has steadied itself and found its focus, which is nice to see. A decent break and a few judicious summer signings and who knows.
Off the pitch, it looks like we might have a year or more of boardroom tussles, and that’s the saddest thing about all this. I’ve never made my suspicion of a foreign takeover a secret. Whichever way you look at it we’re talking about potential investors who would want to remove money from Arsenal in the long run. For the sake of a short-term investment in the team – which there would inevitably be – is it worth it?
Some fans are pro-takeover and some against, but the main thing is we just don’t know. We don’t know when it might happen, we don’t know if it can succeed, we don’t even know if it will happen (though most people are agreed it will). Does he have Â£600m sitting under his mattress to buy Arsenal and take on its debts? Would he, like others before him, buy the club using borrowed money that he then saddles on the club itself? We simply don’t know. Battle lines are being drawn up.
Right, I’m off to shout at an ISP.