Ivan Gazidis once said he was keen to get Arsenal back on track in regards to their global appeal, hence organising the tour of Asia this summer. Another area, he looks like he is sorting out is the feeder club program. Wikipedia outlines which clubs have affiliations with other clubs in Europe and around the world
Whilst Arsenal only have official links with Colardo Rapids (whom we’ll never find the new Messi at)… Man United have stolen a march on the world and have a huge list:
- Manglerud Star Toppfotball
- Parramatta Eagles
- Connah’s Quay Nomads F.C.
- Desportivo Brasil 
- Fluminense Football Club
- IF Brommapojkarna
- Livingston F.C.
- Newport County A.F.C.
- Royal Antwerp FC
- Shelbourne F.C.
- Walsall F.C.
- Western Province United
- F.C. Twente[18
Now that’s what I’m talking about!
Man City are now rivalling their city rivals with a massive intent of a new feeder club…
Yes, it’s all but official now, we’re now a feeder club to Man City.
What is the arrangement?
Over the next few years, this will see our best players being sold to Man City for varying fees. Some above the market rate, some below the market rate. In return, we will get payment up front, in cash with options to loan a few players if we deem necessary.
How long has the arrangement been going on?
The arrangement has been going on for two years now and will most likely continue until Arsenal have paid off their stadium debt or the current board is replaced with a more ambitious board.
Which players will be sold, have been sold and which players do we expect to see?
The following players have arrived at Man City from Arsenal, either directly or via another club:
- Patrick Vieira
- Kolo Toure
- Emmanuel Adebayor
- Gael Clichy
And in addition, the following players may make a move this summer:
- Samir Nasri
How far in advance can deals be struck?
Deals can be struck in advance, or during the transfer window. There are several rumours than Man City are trying to negotiate a deal to take new Arsenal recruit Gervinho to Eastlands next summer for £28m and new defender Carl Jenkinson up north for about £15m. These deals may be put in place for a transfer next summer, 2012.
What do Arsenal get in return?
Arsenal have various options to sign players for either extortionate fees or loan them for super high wages. Previous candidates have included Shaun Wright Philips and Micah Richards, but due to the inability to afford such fees and wages, such deals did not go through.
Much maligned, ex-Arsenal striker, Ian Wright gave his view on the deal…
“Gael Clichy’s move to Manchester City wouldn’t bother me much in normal circumstances as Kieran Gibbs is coming through nicely. But now it looks like Samir Nasri is set to join him. “Since when did Arsenal become Manchester City’s feeder club? With Cesc Fabregas looking a goner to Barcelona too, it’s very, very sad to see. How on earth will Arsene Wenger attract any top players to Arsenal? It’s come to something when a player like Clichy feels Arsenal is not good enough for him any more. He can see that Man City is going to be challenging for top trophies next season. Arsenal are being left behind. And the trouble is, when all the top-class players have gone, it becomes extremely difficult to lure other top players to your club. Wenger has put his faith in picking up little gems from abroad, little-known players who he can nurture and develop.”
Major players and pundits in the game have questioned whether Arsenal will ever be able to mount a serious title challenge or European challenge with this feeder club program in place – but due to the profit they will receive due to it, it may be in place for years to come.