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April 11, 2011

ARSENAL-TAKEOVER/Hello everyone at the start of this new week, where before we talk Champions League and give a reminder of the weekend’s action, there’s news of another foreign takeover.

Arsenal are not enduring the easiest of times on the pitch but on Monday announced that American billionaire Stan Kroenke is taking over the club. Arsenal fans, what are your thoughts? Will this new era usher in drastic changes such as a new manager?

For a weekend recap, the title races in Italy and France look like being the closest, although Manchester United’s pursuers in the Premier League did their best to keep things interesting, and in La Liga Barcelona would appear to have the title won though with several clashes against Real Madrid coming up you never know.

Elsewhere Louis van Gaal was sacked as Bayern Munich coach after a double-winning 2010. The Bavarians are set to hand over their Bundesliga crown, either to leaders Borussia Dortmund or Bayer Leverkusen who again narrowed the gap at the top over the weekend to just five points.

The best of Monday’s football is a Premier League cracker between Manchester City and Liverpool. The Anfield club were rocked by Steven Gerrard’s injury and the news on Friday that he’ll miss the season, though they have other injury worries and are looking nervously over their shoulder as they aim for a European berth for next season.

Looking ahead to this week’s Champions League matches, and Man United v Chelsea looks to be the only tie left in the balance. Here’s an interesting read on Alex Ferguson’s side, whose success is largely down to their scouting policy and the constant influx of talented youngsters into the club.

Finally, here are some transfer rumours to get you talking.

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Picture: The crest of English Premier League soccer club Arsenal is seen in front of their home ground, the Emirates Stadium, in London April 11, 2011. Arsenal said on Monday it had agreed to be taken over by American billionaire Stan Kroenke in a deal which would value the club at 731 million pounds ($1.2 billion). REUTERS/Chris Helgren

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Not an Arsenal fan but find it all very interesting. He obviously sees potential give3n fergie soon to leave United, Chelsea needing a new team of youg players. Whether this means he’ll force Arsene out or demand he buys a proper keep and big centre half who knows. Half the American owners in the Prem have meddled, half havent

Posted by MarkMeadows | Report as abusive
 

Hello. Personally Stan the ‘Silent Man’ Kroenke has up until now kept a low profile. I find the timing of his acquiring the shares of 2 shareholders,especially those of Danny Friszman who has just passed away rather suspect and jolly well rude. The man is not even cold in the ground and the American Eagle has…’SWOOPED’

Danny Friszman in an interview with Arsenal.com stated that he would NOT BE SELLING ANYMORE OF HIS SHARES TO STAN KROENKE OR ANYBODY…The ones he sold to the American were in Danny’s words…”A One-Off”.

Danny should have taken his SHARES TO HEAVEN WITH HIM!

Posted by fury12 | Report as abusive
 

Thanks Fury. Whether you like Kroenke or not, do you see his investment bettering the club? People are quick to point out Arsene Wenger and his talented bunch are challenging every season for honours but the fact remains they haven’t won a trophy since 2005, so the buck has to stop somewhere no? What would you do?

Posted by Tom Pilcher | Report as abusive
 

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