This is a follow up post from my last one.
When I thought about things after writing the previous post, I started getting idea’s. I imagined that the Arsenal Hierarchy had read my previous post and thought that perhaps my idea of moving The Arsenal from England to a bigger more profitable country, could be a very profitable idea indeed. Now I know that many die-hard’s would be quaking in their shoes at such a suggestion, but like I said in my previous post, The Arsenal is far from English so why should they need to be in London or England for that matter.
Now for a lifetime supporter to even suggest that scenario could happen, many would have me whipped and keelhauled, but when you look at it, what would be the advantages should such a happening actually happen. Emirates stadium houses just over sixty thousand, it cost over three hundred million to build, that build put the Arsenal back ten years, and we may not be back yet.
Imagine, say we moved to somewhere like China, not to hard to imagine seeing how we have targeted that part of the world in our promotions. We have a population of 60 million here in the United Kingdom, and many of that number are not football fans, the ones that are have many many football clubs to follow. Let’s assume that half of that sixty million are young children and a quarter are women. While we have many women supporters, I would say not as many as men, or at least that is the picture I see in the Emirates and other clubs grounds. So in other words there are an estimated 20 million supporters to appeal to .
Now when we look at China for example, they have a much bigger population. And that being the case, labour must be plenty fold, and probably a lot less to pay in wages. The Arsenal could probably buy a piece of land and build a two hundred thousand seater stadium possibly cheaper than the Emirates cost to build. They would fill that stadium quite easily even charging less for tickets, and still make massive profits. I imagine income tax would be lower than England, so we could pay players high wages, and they wouldn’t have to pay so much tax.
What about the Emirates stadium I can hear you say, well we could sell that off to an Arab or a Russian or even the British Government, as they need land for building new housing estates, and as we are also in property development, we could even build more flats or new estates ourselves. The government would really like that idea, and we could earn a massive profit.
Now of course we would be a bit too far away to play in the English Premier league, but I am sure we could enter negotiations with the Chinese government to perhaps start a new league over there. Amongst all those millions of people there must be a good pool of footballers to choose from.
Many of you would ask, why would Stan Kroenke want to move further away than he is now? Obviously he wouldn’t, so he would sell his shares to a Chinese business conglomerate, where he would make a tidy profit on his investment, he could even be hired to oversee the rebuild at Islington. Or we could sell the Ems to the Spuds, and that would save them the hassle of a build.
Now just imagine the thought of a top premier clash, where we usually get hammered, we wouldn’t have to worry about that any more. We all say that the team should play for the shirt, that they’re red and white through and through, so lets face it do we really care who is in the shirt, as long as we win. Not many Arsenal players are English anyway, so not many would be affected.
As we only have two or three British players, we’re hardly an English club any more, so it shouldn’t be a problem for hardened Gooner’s to follow their team. You may have to watch them on a stream, but even if the stream was poor quality you would still see the shirt.
Lets face it, its a win win situation, Stan would be happy, you would save hundreds a season, but you could still watch The Arsenal on a stream, just like our oversea’s supporters, There would be housing built for the overflowing London, either in Tottenham or Islington spuds may just get to play in Champions league, and we can sit with our feet up watching the latest Chinese talent on display.
Then I woke up, and thought oh no, could that really happen! Blimey I hope not.
Written by Steve Palmer