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Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith Explains Her Exit

Posted in Arsenal by Our Correspondent on December 20, 2008

lady-ninaFollowing the last report about changes in the Arsenal board brought about by the exit of Richard Carr and Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith, rumours were circulating that the exit was not amicable and Lady Nina was unceremoniously dumped.  Now, Lady Nina has come out and gave the press her side of the story. According to her, the Arsenal board didn’t give her the respect she deserved, consdering the 70 years of family ties with the club.  She said:

“I’m in total shock and very upset about the appalling way I have been treated. The board have no manners whatsoever and my views were ignored on many occassions. I can’t understand why I have been removed in such a ruthless fashion. I have had no proper explanation as to why they wanted me out so much. It is very difficult to accept especially after what my family has done for Arsenal for so many years.”

It is now believed that she would go ahead and cash in her 15.9% stake in the club, although she said:

“I’ve never had a thought of selling my Arsenal shares and I still don’t.”

Although it is made out to be that she had way too much ego and her increasing frustration led the board to ask her to leave, there is also a section that is asking question of the current remaining members of the board, especially Chairman Peter Hill-Wood and Danny Fiszman.

David Dein, who was instrumental in getting some brilliant deals for Arsenal in terms of signing players and bringing in Arsene Wenger, was thrown out by this board. Dein promptly went ahead and sold his shares to Alisher Usmanov. This is the same board that critised Stan Kroenke, before allowing him to be a part of them. And this is the same board that has now sidelined Lady Nina and chances are high that she might sell her shares to Usmanov.

Amidst all the uncertainities, Danny Fiszman, who currently lives as a tax exile in Switzerland, has declared that Arsene Wenger would be provided with a big enough transfer kitty to battle other clubs in the January window.

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The News Now: Theo Buzzing, While Fabregas Wants To Improve

Posted in Arsenal by Our Correspondent on September 9, 2008

The second round of internationals are set to begin and with the kind of performance given by England against Andorra, I’ve high hopes from the Three Lions against Croatia. I mean, who doesn’t want to see those over-paid ‘stars’ get beaten by other hard-working, better talented teams! Only player I’d like to see do well is our Theo Walcott. Not because, as I mentioned, I want to see England win. But because this would give him the confidence and experience, which would come in handy as the season progresses. Walcott himself believes that he is ready. He says:

I feel great. I’m buzzing at the moment. I’m flying. I’m looking forward to it. I just can’t wait for Wednesday.”

He also says something about his final ball and Cristiano Ronaldo, which I’m not really keen to discuss. Anything to do with that one trick diver, I’m not really keen to discuss. Moving on, it seems that the new owners of Manchester City, who broke the British transfer record to sign Robinho from Real Madrid, were interested in buying Arsenal and even held talks with the ugly Uzbeki Usmanov. The Uzbeki refused to sell and it is now reported that he has kicked David Dein out of Red and White Holdings. It is understood that Dein got the kick because he promised to get the Uzbeki a total control of the club within a year, but failed due to the lockdown agreement in force, which keeps the club in safe hands until 2012. What would happen after 2012 is anybody’s guess and Chairman Peter Hill-Wood is aware that with the current changing scenario in English football, things could change for Arsenal. He says:

“We want the club to stay in its current ownership and, of course, you have some concern that someone will try to buy the club. The directors don’t want to sell but we are a public company. It depends on the price.”

The last sentence is worrying. We are the only top club in the country who have not fallen prey to these money minting machines. Whatever success we have, it is not because of any sugar daddy. These new owners of Manchester City had recently announced that they would go for Torres, Ronaldo and Fabregas in the coming January transfer window. Fabregas had come out saying that he would not be interested in joining them. He has reiterated the fact that it would be a demotion in footballing terms, if he moves to Eastlands. He loves it in Arsenal and says that he is focused on winning titles here. He also concedes that he needs to improve certain aspects of his game. What can you say about this young man. He just doesn’t stop to amaze. Not only is he an excellent footballer, he is also a very mature and humble human being, who always looks to improve not only his game but his personality. Wish there were more players like him. Compare Cesc Fabregas to Joey Barton. You know, I was never a great fan of William Gallas. But when he comes out to give sound bytes like this, you gotto love him, albeit for a minute. A couple of days back, I asked what kind of an Arsenal fan are you. Reports are emerging now that the club indeed made a bid for Stephane M’Bia of French club Rennes. They refused to sell him to us and now it is learned that he has signed a new deal with them. Well, good luck to him. Meanwhile, agents of Italian starlet Giovinco say that Arsenal never made an approach for him and he is looking to extend his contract with Juventus. Well, good luck to him as well. The cunt.

There are reports that the Stephen Appiah deal could happen in a day or two. I’ll keep you updated. More Tomorrow.

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