Usmanov Admits Share Purchases!

You may be aware – because for one thing I’ve mentioned it several times – that Arsenal.com show the numbers of shares held by Arsenal’s two principle shareholders, Messrs Kroenke and Usmanov (and Moshiri technically, but frankly who’s interested in him?). Arsenal do this to satisfy Premier League rules that state that they: a) must…

Premier League Rules Update: 30% Is Not A Trophy

Whether or not Alisher Usmanov has reached the 30 per cent shareholding of Arsenal he’s been after, the Premier League have made it clear in their new rulebook that it won’t entitle him to any privileged information. Their definitions of directors and control of clubs have not changed from last year, but they have inserted…

Arsenal v Liverpool – the verdict

I’m not big on match reports, but a first win of the season with the transfer window only just slammed shut prompts a few thoughts. And 2-0 away at Liverpool always brings back a lot of happy memories. Firstly, two of the three new boys are now off the mark, and the whole performance at…

People Who Design Goalkeepers’ Kit Are All Pretentious Tw*ts

Stuff you don’t know about Premier League kit this season. These facts are from the new Premier League Handbook 2012-13. What was originally called ‘change strip’, then ‘away kit’ is now officially called ‘alternative kit’. Arsenal’s ‘Alternative kit 2’ (ie third kit) is listed as yellow with a yellow goalkeeper’s jersey. That will never happen.…

New Premier League Pitch Dimensions Rules

The new Premier League rule book is out, and can be viewed here. My main interest in it is to see what they’ve done to rules about ownership that will affect the Kroenke/Usmanov dynamic, but at first sight I can’t see what’s different in those sections. So while I check that in more detail, here’s…