Happy New Year. The Arsenal future looks extremely bright!

It’s January, Happy New Year everyone!  This is a short post because, well, it’s the first of the year and I still need a bit more time.  But the first of the year gives us a good chance to both reflect and look forward.  Arsenal has embarked on perhaps the most extensive overhaul of any team in football.  And although trophies have been scarce in the last few years, the future looks extremely bright.

Since Arsene joined the Arsenal, the Club has gone through a total rebirth.  From the new training ground to a global brand for beautiful football.  The Arsenal has become a household name globally.  Gooners walk around with pride about our team.  Our youth academy has perhaps the best reputation in the world, displacing even with Barcelona.  Finally, we have a new stadium and play in one of the best cities in the world.

Perhaps most importantly, the Club is debt free and has remained stable throughout the entire process.  Revenues are growing in the midst of an economic recession.  Our debt is managed and looks to be continually paid off, unlike the debt calls facing liverpool and manchester united.  And, the academy has a ridiculous pipeline of talent coming through it.

Going forward the team is fighting for three trophies.  And, many of the players have been locked into long-term contracts.  Given the youth of the team, these contracts send a strong message about the Club’s long-term stability.  Players today and potential transfers next summer know they are walking into a stable environment that bodes well for future trophy challenges.

The only real issue facing the Club is the potential change in ownership for the 2010-2011 season.  Kroenke looks likely to be the buyer which is great for the team.  He’s stable and provides experience and leadership in the sports business world, factors that cannot be discounted.

So that’s all for now.  Lets keep our fingers crossed and wait for January 31st!

-the student

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