The following is probably libelous, but as a dedicated fan of The Arsenal - it's got to the stage where i drool at the prospect of meeting our American owner Stan Kroenke, Courtroom or otherwise.
Views expressed are all my own.
To state the obvious, Silent Stan Kroenke is primarily a businessman.
Much akin to the Glazer Family's takeover of Manchester United, the main objective is making a profit.
It may be argued that Stan likes sport, but it simply cannot be denied that "soccer" is not one of his passions.
Too busy buying a 124,000 acre Mountain farm for $132.5 million in the Rocky Mountain West to notice that we'd lost to Swansea and slumped to 8th in the table, Stan is valued at a mind-blowing $4 billion by Forbes magazine. Who needs 5,000 cows?
He has built a sizeable portfolio of teams, including the NFL's St Louis Rams, NBA's Denver Nuggets, NHL's Colarado Avalanche, MLS Colorado Rapids.
These teams combined have amassed the one solitary trophy in the last 7 years.
Denver Nuggets are a team that have themselves had an eerily similar situation to Arsenal with their star player, Carmelo Anthony - now raking in millions of dollars at the more commercially prestigious New York Knicks. "'Melo" as he's ever affectionately known, is the main attraction at Madison Square Gardens, sells the most replicas and is consistently the highest scorer/match winner/back-page headline grabber.
I won't mention any names, but this must be ringing some rather annoying bells?
Silent Stan bought his way to majority ownership at Arsenal Football Club because he saw that it was not only a financially viable, sustainable business model, but also a well-run Club that consistently qualifies for the increasingly marketable and heavily rewarding Champions' League
I put it to you that the top 4 is where his interest abruptly ends.
Who is charged with doing the owners' bidding? The Board of Directors.
It has become quite clear that The Board don’t see the fans and supporters of The Arsenal as being part of the financial ownership. We have voiced our opinion repeatedly, but it seems that we our powerless.
The only reason that Stan Kroenke would decide it wasn't in his interest to hang on to his shares is if he and ultimately The Club, start to lose money. The financial and moral consequences are something that serious businessmen will do away with before running themselves into the ground. The "cut and run."
Surely there are better ways to make money, Stan?
The Club are making an absolute minimum of £3m per home fixture we are still owed money by Barcelona for the Fabregas, Song deals, and the cash for all the cast of The Exodus has been sitting pretty for long enough.
An outrageous offer, or a reaction to such a financial meltdown could encourage Stan to accept an offer from Usmanov or another buyer and we’d be back right where we started but perhaps even worse off.
Dissatisfied Gooners are on the rise, the AST grows and the BSM march (walk) on - but have Arsenal been through the worst of their season?
A run-in that (on paper) makes 4th seem very achievable. With patience and support, an end to basic individual errors and a new defensive acquisition, Arsene Wenger and this side have the expertise/talent to turn things right around.
Former Malaga Left-Back "Nacho" Monreal is a shrewd investment. Apparently the Club have been tracking him for a while, but the timing could not be more apt, what with Gibbs' being out for 3 weeks with a thigh strain. A 9 time Spanish international and technically sound; whether or not you choose to believe that this is another reactionary signing, i leave to you.
That said, there can be no denying that a couple more additions would have settled the nerves for what is now going to be one hell of a roller coaster of a ride to, either; Champions' League, or mid-table obscurity, and Thursday nights on whatever God-forsaken channel they show the Europa Cup on these days.