Arsenal fans have grown concerned at how the club will react to yet another rich investor buying a Premier League rival whilst their owners continue to follow their self-sustaining model. A model which has seen the regress and finished with back-to-back 8th place positions in the last two seasons.
Set to become the richest team in the Premier League, Newcastle United have Saudi Arabia-backed consortium Public Investment Fund (PIF) now owning 80 per cent of the club.
However, Arsenal themselves have been subject to recent takeover talk, with bids submitted from Swedish billionaire and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek. Furthermore, Qatari-based individuals have been publicly speaking via social media about the idea of buying the club.
Daniel Ek’s side has remained silent in the wake of Newcastle’s takeover, but the same cannot be said for one of the Qatari-based accounts.
Mohammed Al Kaabi, also known as @Qatari on Twitter, published a tweet in response to the Newcastle news which stirred the Arsenal community.
Writing simply, ‘We need Arsenal after Newcastle.’ With a crying emoji tagged on the end.
This type of response has been similarly cryptic to a number of other posts from Qatari-based individuals.
Former president of Qatari side Al Arabi, Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Thani, tweeted multiple responses which piqued the interest of Gunners fans around the world.
The problem for the hopeful ones amongst the supporter base is that several experts in the field concur that this public outcry on the subject does not bode well for a Qatari takeover of Arsenal happening.
Qatari football expert Mitch Freeley suggested that these tweets were very much ‘for show’ and that the money from the country would not be going to Arsenal at present.
“I think that there is a certain element of ‘for show’ here. People do this to gain social media clout. He is obviously very cryptic and strange in his tweets.
“It is some kind of posturing, but I realistically think that the serious money in Qatar would not be looking to invest in Arsenal football club as of now.”
This was supported by fellow expert Ahmed Hashim who said, “In this particular case, he hasn’t even actually suggested that he is thinking about buying, but like most of his tweets over the past few weeks, it seems he’s just having fun on Twitter.”
Delving deeper into the matter, we spoke with sports journalist Ben Jacobs who has several years in the field of Qatari football. Jacobs explained how the aforementioned Al Thani wouldn’t be publicly speaking about the possibility of a takeover if he was involved with the consortium to make it happen.
“Any takeover would also go through Qatar Sports Investments and if Al Thani knew of, or was part of, such a bid he wouldn’t be tweeting cryptic clues. QSI are very secretive and rarely allude to investments until they are 100 per cent done,” Jacobs explained.
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You can read the full interview with Jacobs here where he goes into even greater detail regarding the reasons why the takeover would be unlikely. Explaining further why the obstacles of the Emirates sponsorship and the market value of the club likely prevent any such bid in the near future.
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