Did you know about the Stan Kroenke and WWE fiasco? And Arshavin Hates Women Drivers…

Firstly,WWE chairman Vince McMahon has been in the press challenging Stan Kroenke to a fight in a steel cage. Yes, you've read it correctly. It's random, but Americans tend to be more extreme than us British (no offence to my American readers) and throw in WWE then you've got even more randomness. Basically, the Pepsi center, where Kroenke's team, The Denver Nuggets, plays has been double booked by Kroenke with the WWE... And the stuff Vince McMahon has said is just plain funny...

Here's a quote:

“Quite frankly, it’s my view that Stan Kroenke should be arrested, should be arrested for impersonating a good businessman, because he’s not a good businessman,” McMahon said on ESPN. “A good businessman doesn’t book a World Wrestling Federation live televised event on Monday night realizing that his team in all likelihood would not make the playoffs.”

And just in case you think this is a made up story, here’s the video:

But which story is funnier?

The second story is that Arshavin is dead against women drivers. He absolutely hates them! Check out this quote from four-four-two magazine:

“If I had it in my power to introduce a ban on women driving cars and to withdraw all their licences, I would do it without thinking twice,” he told the Russian media.
“In my opinion a woman and a man are two absolutely different creatures.”
And if those comments did not quite hammer home his point regarding female motorists, the Gunners’ playmaker was recently offered the opportunity to retract his initial comments.
An opportunity he turned down…
“I would never give driving lessons to women,” he said in the Daily Mail.
“We need to build new roads for them. Why? Because you never know what to expect from a woman on the road.
“If you see a car behaving weirdly, swerving and doing strange things, before you see the driver you know it is a woman. It is always a woman.”

Can you believe what your reading? Surely the diminutive Russian is going to alienate all women supporters of Arsenal…

It’s been a funny night at the World of Arsenal HQ…]]>

  • jeffvip

    I’m completely agreed to Arshavin that female driver should be given a new road of their own if not ban. LOL. Sometimes I really frustrated with female driver, the best example is in the priority junction. Male driver need maybe 5 to 10 second to cross the road but female driver sometimes needs more than 3 minutes to cross the road.

  • jeffvip

    And I forget to mention that even my girlfriends agree to me that most female driver is irritating… No discrimination here, just opinion… ^ ^

  • Fabrez

    haha…Andrey speaks his mind…i’m not sure sum1 like debs would be impressed tho! And Kroenke landed himself in a hot one it seems! hilarious!

  • James Le Beak

    The sooner this club has a takeover the better. Then there can be NO guessing as to whether or not there are funds available to spend on the World Class players this great club deserves. The Chairman has forever trotted out that the board have always given Arsene whatever he wants to spend. in turn, Wenger maintains that Manchester United have ‘ten times’ the financial rescources that we have. In other words, he doesn’t have the rescources he would like. It’s been a case of who’s kidding who here and the fall-guys in all of this have been the supporters who have packed out Highbury and The Emirates week after week. It makes me laugh when I read The Chairman’s comments about wanting more support. I remember in the mid 80′s Arsenal’s average home attendance was something like 24,000 in a ground that could hold 58,000. (These were the days of terracing). George Graham famously lamented about the lack of funds towards the end of his career at Highbury, when our team had gone from being title winners to having the likes of Hillier, McGoldrick, Carter and Pates running out. (Yeah, we were crap!). A similar scenario is happening now. Dennilson, Song and Eboue just don’t cut the mustard. They’re not title winning material by any stretch of the imagination. You get what you pay for in this wicked old world. It’s time for Arsenal Football Club to wake up and smell the coffee. Whatever your feeling about how the game is run now, it cannot be denied that having money to entice the top players to your club will provide you with the best possible tilt at the big prizes. It’s not rocket science, just market forces. If we wish to REALLY compete with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool then the likes of Messi and Co. need to become Arsenal players and not just wishfull pipe dreams. And that requires a big cash injection. Otherwise, we’d better get used to 4th place tops.

  • debs

    < ![CDATA[lol Fabrez. Good thing I don't drive at the moment then! lol.
    I actually think he's hilarious! He's one of those characters that no matter what he says he just makes you smile/laugh. Even if he said the most stupid and ridiculous thing on earth, things normal people would be absolutely maimed for saying, you just can't dislike him- you'd just end up loving him more for his 'candidness' lol. He's definitely top class! I'm sure the team-spirit would benefit from having someone like him in the dressing room!]]>

  • merry

    < ![CDATA[I feel that “internal battles” between sections of the club are merely a convenient media method of dramatizing things - to make people believe that things are brewing you have to have the dark side fighting against the bright side. The Wenger quote on Real project over the last week was nothing but an ambush. I don’t know what’s going on in Arsene’s mind but with all the stresses visible on his face, you can come up with thousands kinds of speculations about which or what. But really, what’s the fuzz?

    Fact of the matter is, we know too little to be nervous or reacting in a presumptuous manner. This is precisely what the media intend to happen: creating a movement out of precious nothing and let that movement itself become news (as people will quickly forget what the whole fuzz is about in the first place).

    After reading the summary of Arsene’s interview with the board (link to which posted in this website) I have to say that most signs of emotional reaction there were extrapolated by the writer and that there was no concrete evidence of political tension at all. The board has a right to be critical. In fact it’s their job to be critical in a contributing way. Their questions did not seem to surpass that limit (Kevin Witcher, of the few people named, was highly courteous relative to what he usually writes in his blog). Most of all, Arsene is way too intelligent not to take these criticism personally.

    So if there’s a thing to do now as supporters, it’s to show our unified support in the last game of the season. When there’s nothing to fight for - as this game is to be labeled - is when true characters are revealed. The team have done their part in the United game by playing delightful football - in quality and in attitude - and showing no loss of desire to win.

    This weekend the boo-boys won’t show up because they won’t have anything to hold on to or to protest about. There are no better times to cheer up our team because there won’t be any disruption or hesitation. There are no better times our passion and commitment are more vital to the club than now.]]>

  • merry

    < ![CDATA[you know what I’ve been thinking… With all the fans who aren’t pleased with Arsene…some may have some valid points (i myself have questioned some decision he makes)…but I do trust the guy. And what people don’t realise is getting rid of Arsene will lead to Arsenal’s tempoprary downfall…why do I say that? Couple reasons…

    1. We aint got that much money! – If Arsene goes, we’ll just have another manager who will struggle to buy players to make things happen. I really don’t get the impression that we have as much money as ppl think…heck…the £13m quoted in the press mite b right! But i’m not concerned with what’s quoted in the press to be honest…if Wenger has money, he’ll buy. If not, it’s not his fault quite frankly.

    2. The players – I think just about everyone on the planet knows we play with players who average 21-23. Also, we’ve got main players like Cesc, RvP, Toure, Clichy to name a few. Not everyone appreciates it, but players have special relationships with their managers. There are good managers and there are managers who can get the very best out of players because they trust him and he trusts them. That’s what Wenger is to these guys. If Wenger is pushed out, you take that away and you end up with players who are uninspired…or less inspired than before. Would you say they don’t love/respect Arsenal because their level of performance has dropped since Arsene left? No. It’s got a great deal to do with that player-coach relationship. And it’s more evident in our squad because a lot of our players aren’t even grown men yet! Arsene is similar to a father figure…or a grandfather figure (lol)…so they have loads of respect for and trust in him. If he goes, some important players will leave. We hear in the press how many players say, “it would be an honour to work with Wenger”…and i believe it’s true.

    Those who want Arsene to go, if they got their wish…i’d love to hear what they will say when if we end up playing Europa league in 2 or 3 years after finishing 6th and 7th in the league. This team will go on to do great things…but i’m beginning to appreciate that patience is needed whether we like it or not…]]>

  • debs

    lol Fabrez. Even your own posts from this blog get copied and pasted! Hilarious! :-)

  • Pete

    < ![CDATA[Merry, agree 100% mate :-)

    Debs, good to see you back, you've been missed!!!!]]>

  • debs

    < ![CDATA[Thanks Pete. Didn't think I'd be missed! :D
    And well done on being commentator of the month! :)
    I kinda stopped posting for a while cos you have the odd knack of always saying practically all of what I wanted to say! lol. You and Fabrez actually. I'd probably end up only having to say 'I agree with you mate!' lol. Maybe I should just think of other stuff to write! :)]]>

  • merry

    < ![CDATA[I think you'll find AW is a man of principle who regards Arsenal as a club of principle and a cut above the rest. I think he was genuinely shocked at the disrespect and sarcasm shown to him at the shareholders' meeting and he probably realises now that Arsenal supporters are no better than those of any other club. Fans want instant success. And if you believe that's going to happen at Arsenal without an injection of money then you have a sad time ahead. AW has no money to spend and has done a great job on a shoestring. I'm pretty sure that he's as frustrated as the rest of us that we don't have the money to get the players that would add the extra that's needed.

    I think Arsenal's fear is that fans would leave in droves if they said that AW has no money to spend. Trouble is that the alternative is to tell the fans that there is money and for AW to say that he believes that his current squad is good enough. As he is finding out, that wears off after a while. Sad that it should have to reflect on him.

    I think AW will see out his contract but no more unless there's money to spend. He will be a huge loss to this club. There aren't that many managers of his class, as eg Chelsea and Spurs have found out. And managers are not stupid - Redknapp didn't go to Spurs because he loves them - they have money. Hiddinck didn't go to Chelsea because he loves them - they have a ready-made class team where he could take a short-term view. Ericsson wouldn't go anywhere that didn't have money. So who exactly would come to Arsenal without a budget ? In which case, we're looking at people with less of a track record. Do you really want to watch an Allardyce, or a Bruce or a Moyes team ? It would increase the posts on this forum no end.

    I feel ashamed at the way some people lay into Wenger and his players.]]>

  • Fabrez

    < ![CDATA[Debs! Nice 2 c u back...and that's great gooners thinking alike! But i do know what you mean!

    Pete...MERRY's last post is my post copied and pasted from dev's last blog!! What is going on?!?! I'm ever so confused!!!! Copyright!!! :P]]>

  • Fabrez

    < ![CDATA[Well i mean the starting with...

    you know what I’ve been thinking… With all the fans who aren’t pleased with Arsene…some may have some valid points (i myself have questioned some decision he makes)…but I do trust the guy. And what people don’t realise is getting rid of Arsene will lead to Arsenal’s tempoprary downfall…why do I say that? Couple reasons…

    ....that's mine! :-O]]>

  • merry

    no its not – Its mine.

  • merry

    < ![CDATA[I think you'll find AW is a man of principle who regards Arsenal as a club of principle and a cut above the rest. I think he was genuinely shocked at the disrespect and sarcasm shown to him at the shareholders' meeting and he probably realises now that Arsenal supporters are no better than those of any other club. Fans want instant success. And if you believe that's going to happen at Arsenal without an injection of money then you have a sad time ahead. AW has no money to spend and has done a great job on a shoestring. I'm pretty sure that he's as frustrated as the rest of us that we don't have the money to get the players that would add the extra that's needed.

    I think Arsenal's fear is that fans would leave in droves if they said that AW has no money to spend. Trouble is that the alternative is to tell the fans that there is money and for AW to say that he believes that his current squad is good enough. As he is finding out, that wears off after a while. Sad that it should have to reflect on him.

    I think AW will see out his contract but no more unless there's money to spend. He will be a huge loss to this club. There aren't that many managers of his class, as eg Chelsea and Spurs have found out. And managers are not stupid - Redknapp didn't go to Spurs because he loves them - they have money. Hiddinck didn't go to Chelsea because he loves them - they have a ready-made class team where he could take a short-term view. Ericsson wouldn't go anywhere that didn't have money. So who exactly would come to Arsenal without a budget ? In which case, we're looking at people with less of a track record. Do you really want to watch an Allardyce, or a Bruce or a Moyes team ?]]>

  • Johanan

    i hope i am wrong but i believe Wenger has taken us as far as he can.This so called youth project just hasnt worked and we are miles away from even challenging for the title.Everyone is in the comfort zone at the club the manager,the players no one is under pressure.Success now is deemed as finishing 4th,which is the position we have finished for 3 of the last 4 years..If i believed Wenger would change and bring in the 4 quality experienced players we need Keeper,CH,DM and Striker i would say yes give him one more year but does anyone think he will change?.He is just too stubborn.So our target next season is a 4th place finish again.Nothing is going to change and we will be saying the same thing next season

  • Fabrez

    m8…are u taking the piss? I don’t ever get angry but stop the bull…this is not a joke. You CANNOT just take my effort and credit it to yourself. Any1 wanna back me up? That is WRONG!

  • debs

    < ![CDATA[

    no its not – Its mine.
    Early afternoon tug-of-war for ownership of comments! lol. I know who my money’s on! ;) lol]]>

  • Fabrez

    it’s all good tho…bcuz time says it all…and time says i put that there since the last article…so i’ll just chill out! Wonder who that money’s on debs! :)

  • debs

    < ![CDATA[For real, come on Merry, I think you need to grow up really. Stealing people's words and saying they're yours? Please get a life or a serious job!
    Is there anything you can do about this, Dev?]]>

  • debs

    It’s on me Fabrez! lol :D

  • Fabrez

    haha! Well said tho debs… If WOA had a “like” button like facebook does, I’d press it! :D

  • united here

    < ![CDATA[I was drinking with the Arsenal fans at Wembley the day of the FA Cup Semi this year (I was down for the United Everton game and went out with a mate for the buzz)...We picked Arsenal over Chelsea... lesser of two evils I suppose... but I have to say the Arsenal fans are by far and away the worst supporters I have ever seen, they bad mouth everything and everyone! Against United they sang and waved their flags for about 8 mins, then 80% were gone with 15mins to go, really really pathetic 'fans' ... Now they criticise the only good thing they've got in Wenger... he would walk into any job in Europe and you say he's not good enough for you...

    I cant wait for the day he does leave, Arsenal will be lucky to finish top 6 without him and I'm not just trying to rise you! If Arsenal were to Lose Wenger, Fabregas, V Persie... etc would follow him out the door v quickly... slap yourselves in the face and smell the coffee Gooners!"]]>

  • debs

    :P

  • devday

    By the way, there will be a like, love and hate button selection on the new WOA site – coming July!

  • debs

    Love your forward thinking Dev! that’ll make Fabrez happy!

  • devday

    < ![CDATA[united here - that statement actually shows that you don't know what you're talking about - it's pretty much wrong - and to top it all off, I think your fan's behaviour over the years has been worse - we're very patient fans, remember, we've not won anything for 4 years - if you don't win anything for 2 years, your manager is out - because your fans will boot him out.

    Perspective mate - that's what you need.]]>

  • Pete

    < ![CDATA[Ah, well in that case, Fabrez I agree with YOU 100% mate lol.

    United Here, you have a point there too mate. I don't understand where all the negativity comes from sometimes. A few friends of mine a diehard Gunners fans and mainly go to away games now because in their words "you get the best type of Arsenal fan at those games". Liverpool have hardly won anything in the years Wengers been in charge of us, yet their fans back them 100%, so maybe theres a lesson to be learnt from the Anfield supporters.

    It's not like we're owned by a billionaire with limitless funds available. Wengers the best thing to happen to us for a long time, and deserves a job for life in some capacity at Arsenal FC imo. Its too early to say the youth policy works or not as many of the players are still very young. Though I do lean more towards a blend of youth and experience though, personally speaking. Young players need someone on the pitch to learn from, and older players need younger lads to keep them thriving in the game.

    As to whether there should be a takeover or not, all I can say is it depends on who is taking over and whats best for the club. I have to say Gazidis seems to be doing a good job at the minute, helping to get the money available to sign Arshavin in his first 2 months on the job isn't a bad start. He could possibly end up doing as well, if not beter than, David Dein.

    I've said it before but the "4 years without a trophy" statement doesn't tell the full story. We nearly won a Champions League final with 10 men on the pitch in '06, nearly won a Carling Cup final with a youth team in '07, and were 4 points from winning the Premier League last year. In those so-called "disaterous" 4 years, we've consistantly reached quarter finals, semi finals and finals of either FA Cup, Carling Cup and Champions League competitions, and beaten some of the best teams in the world along the way. Yes it isn't silverware, and that doesn't make an excuse for mistakes made on our part, but perhaps we're closer to being a trophy winning team again than some make out.]]>

  • Fabrez

    < ![CDATA[Likewise Pete...good points! I think we've been so close to winning something in most of out trophyless yrs and Wenger does deserve some patience from us. I like the level-headed Gooners who talk sense. If only Wenger read this blog and our comments, he mite sign an extension on his contract! lol

    And yes Debs...that button would make me very happy! Sounds like a plan Dev!]]>

  • debs

    For me, and accept it’s not the same for everyone, but it’s not all about the trophies. I know, we’re a top four club and SHOULD be winning trophies, but as long as the guys continue to play and enjoy their football at Arsenal and continue to give us endless thrills with it, I’m happy, and trophies just happen to be an added bonus. I’d love us to win trophies, don’t get me wrong, because it’s the ‘sign’ of an excellent team, and that’s waht will attract the best players to us and all, but if we don’t, I’m happy, because it’s not the end of the world, as long as we remain true to who we are and what we do and continue to try our hardest. That’s one thing to learn from Liverpool fans. I honestly do believe that the trophies WILL come, and like Pete & Fabrez said, we’ve come quite close a few times, so it’s not unreachable. But like we say, we’ve go to be patient; Rome wasn’t built in a day, or four years! lol :D

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[I have the exact same problem in my country folks.

    Women just cannot drive !

    Everytime I see a woman driving, I try and get as far away from her as I can to avoid an accident. They're so unpredictable, and that's not a compliment. It can really get frustrating.

    But no offence though. Cars were just made for men. I suppose, like nailpolish isn't a guy thing, cars aren't a girl thing...]]>

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  • ridhwaan gunners4eva

    If Stan Kroenke`s share is 30% or over then he must launch a bid to buy the club right?so,if he was the arsenal chairman,what would be the transfer budget?how rich is he?is he like the manchester city`s chairman,or like any other than the top 4 teams;everton,sunderland,fulham,etc or would it be like chelsea`s roman abramovich??