EPL 2017/18 Thread


#1585

There was a spate of Spanish players a few years back. More than a little suspicious really.


#1586

Fabrice Muamba


#1587

FA Cup game vs Spurs that was called off.


#1588

Too much pimentón in the paella? Dodgy chorizo? Unpasteurised manchego?


#1589

#1590

Arsenal’s 45 points after 29 games is less than the 48 points David Moyes managed at Manchester United after the same number of games.

#WENGERIN


#1591

Blood doping


#1592

Wenger saying he won’t step down.


#1593

It’s Wenger FC, not Arsenal FC


#1594

I AM THE CLUB


#1595

Surely the club can’t let this go on.

He needs a firm tap on the shoulder.


#1596

Surely once they are out of Europe he is gone.


#1597

EPL Club Owners Roman Abramovich, Stan Kroenke Make 2018 Forbes Billionaire List
RORY MARSDEN
MARCH 7, 2018

Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich applauds, as players celebrate their league title win at the end of the Premier League football match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in London on May 21, 2017.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke have been named in Forbes magazine’s latest list of global billionaires.

According to the list, topped by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Russian Abramovich is worth $10.8 billion, while American Kroenke is worth $8.3 billion.

Eclipsing both of them in the world of football is Alisher Usmanov. The Uzbek-born businessman owns 30 per cent of Arsenal and, according to Forbes, boasts wealth of $12.5 billion.

Tottenham Hotspur’s owner, Joe Lewis, is also named on the list due to his $5 billion fortune, which puts him above United States President Donald Trump (estimated worth $3.1 billion).

Abramovich, 51, paved the way for the current ubiquity of foreign owners in the Premier League when he bought Chelsea for £140 million ($233 million) back in the summer of 2003.

His early splurges in the transfer market—on the likes of Hernan Crespo, Claude Makelele, Didier Drogba and Juan Sebastian Veron—and the hiring of Jose Mourinho as manager led to a brief dominance for the Blues in England as they won back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006.

The west London outfit have remained a force in the English top flight ever since and become one of Europe’s best clubs.

However, Chelsea’s competitors responded to Abramovich’s spending power. The Blues have been more moderate in their transfer outlay recently, especially when compared to Manchester City and Manchester United, per Tony Banks in the Express.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have long been playing catchup in the spending arena despite the huge wealth of their owners.

Recent splurges on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka have ended the Gunners’ reputation as a frugal club.

But it has not proved enough to propel Arsenal to the status of Premier League contenders once again.


#1598

Very interesting development, Riyad Mahrez has announced his retirement from football due to health concerns, according to his own Facebook account. People are not sure if it is true, whether his account has been hacked, and whether he has “retired” in order to get released by Leicester City and then subsequently sign for another club as a free agent, given his attempts to leave the Foxes have been denied twice in recent transfer windows…


#1599

Some reports coming through that it was a hack.


#1600

This is set up perfectly for a 0-3 win to Milan at the Emirates.


#1601

I follow Serie A closely and Milan are bog average. Was easy money today and if Arsenal are half serious they will win the return leg comfortably


#1602

half serious is something we do well


#1603

Why have Milan dropped so spectacularly?


#1604

They have been on the decline for a number of years thanks to several reasons. Stability would be a big factor as they have had 5 or 6 managers in the last 6 years and also have had a long running ownership saga which has finally been resolved. Finance would be the other big factor, they were once a powerhouse financially but haven’t moved with the times and were left behind. Until this year they just haven’t had the funds to chase decent players or even retain their own despite having a really good youth setup. Constantly missing out on the CL hurts massively financially also and they will miss again next season I’d assume