No Takeover, Please

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Looks like the Arsenal Board of Directors have acted fast to quell any notion of a takeover, as reported in this morning’s current bun.

Arsenal Holdings plc has noted the speculation in the media that it has received an approach or has been in talks which may lead to an offer for the Company.

The Board of Directors confirms that it is not and has not been in any such talks and has not received any such approach.

With any luck that will be the end of that. I for one am in total agreement with mr blogger on this one – I wouldn’t welcome it at all. The Russians up the road may have all the wealth in the world, but their new regime has hardly won any friends with the way it goes about its affairs. Our own board is not beyond criticism, but its stability has been one of the mainstays of the club since the 1930s, and I’d hate for that to change.

On the pitch, it’s a bit frustrating that people are talking about a make or break game in the middle of September. It’s certainly crucial that we put on a good performance, and don’t lose, but it’s not going to be an easy ask, especially if Messieurs Henry and van Persie do not recover in time.

Should that be the case, I expect a 4-5-1 could be in order, with Ade Cool holding the fort up top.

What would the alternatives be? Aliadiere – no. Walcott – unlikely. Baptista at a pinch, but he’s a midfielder and he needs time to bed in.


Arsenal since about 1979. Thick, thin and all that.