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Arsenal Finances Paint Positive Picture While FIFA Wins Round One of the Six Plus Five Battle

So Arsenal’s half-year finances are out and in all fairness, for being in a recession, they did pretty damn good. When you generate more match day revenue (an increase of 3.3 million to 44.4 million pounds), more television revenue (an increase of 4.5 million to 28.9 million pounds), and end up with a bigger pre-tax profit (increase of 4.5 million to 24.5 million pounds), you simply have to stand back and applaud. A major factor in this would be the total amount spent in the transfer market, a profit of 8 million pounds.

If there is anything to worry about, the finances of the Highbury Square development are a small cause for concern. It just isn’t the big deal that the English media are making it out to be. Here’s what we do know: the 135 million pound loan is due in 14 months time. Thanks to the economy, the property hasn’t sold in the manner Arsenal anticipated. While there is still time for the economy to turn around and for this to be a story about nothing, Arsenal have smartly started preliminary talks with Barclays, RBS and the Bank of Ireland about extending the loan payment. That alone has them one step ahead of the eight ball.

Let us not forget that historically, finances for the next six months usually end up higher than the six months that are being reported. With the Champions League TV revenue added in, and gates continuing to be strong, Arsenal look set to have one hell of a financial year.

The other big story had to just make Sepp Blatter’s day. Then again, when FIFA commissions a report from the Institute of European Affairs, you just had to figure they were going to get what they wanted to hear.

In a nutshell, this INEA report simply states that FIFA’s six plus five rule that has already been passed does not violate any European Union law. When I see quotes like “We took no instructions from FIFA. INEA accepted this commission on condition that our requirements of complete independence were met”, it tells me that there is a serious possibility that there was something exchanged in order for FIFA to come out looking good here.

The European Union has yet to get in on this act. Expect them to shortly. When they do, it’s going to be very interesting to see who ends up winning this war. Something tells me the European Union will be the ones that come out smelling like a rose.

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And finally, what do Sheffield United feel is owed to them by the Premier League thanks to the Carlos Tevez affair? If you guessed 45.5 million pounds, you win the grand prize.

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  1. ArthurArseGooner

    February 28, 2009 at 1:06 am

    and for years to come.

  2. ArthurArseGooner

    February 28, 2009 at 1:05 am

    We have both already. We’re contenders every year and we’ll be the best team in England next year.

  3. The Gaffer

    February 27, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Which would Arsenal fans prefer to have? A fiscally sound football club, or a team that’s more successful on the pitch? It’s hard to have both…

    The Gaffer

  4. ArthurArseGooner

    February 27, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Arsenal PLC. are a responsible organization. There is no reason why they need an Uzbeki ManUre supporting mafioso oligarch to run the team. The people running Arsenal now know what they are doing, and it just goes to show that having a billionaire owner is a guilded situation. On the outside it looks like a team can spend a lot of money on transfers, but in reality the team eventually owes vasts sums of money that the new owner is not willing to pay. Look at how much Chelski owe. CASE IN POINT.
    Arsenal are well off for the future, with young talent, and and a fiscally conservative budget that will only allow the team and fans to profit. BINGO.

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