New kit deal with Puma means big money, and 2-2 sees things back in our hands.

Puma even sponsor Champagne these days…

Afternoon folks.

The big financial news of yesterday popped up in the Daily Mirror; Arsenal have secured the most lucrative sponsorship deal in England with sports giants Puma, and will receive a whopping £30m-per-year.

The new deal is alleged to begin in 2014, with Arsenal’s long association with Nike not ending until then. I’m actually quite pleased with this. Obviously, from a monetary point of view, it’s a huge boost of funds that we’d expect will go in some way to strengthening the team. Secondly, I’m a big fan of Puma’s gear. I’ve never been the type to adorn myself in replica kits for leisure wear, but it’s good to know that we are working with a company known for making quality product.

There have already been a few speculative mock-ups of our potential new shirts:

Arsenal and Puma in 2014?

On to football matters. Last night’s game ended relatively favourably for us. In an ideal world, Chelsea would have taken all the points, but a 2-2 draw at least affords us the advantage of knowing our destiny is in our own hands. Maximum points from our remaining fixtures against Wigan and Newcastle will see us qualify for one of the Champions League spots. The automatic qualification that comes from 3rd place may be out of our reach, but at this stage I’d quite happily settle for 4th.

The game itself I found impossible to watch. Having to be pleased when Chelsea scored a goal was akin to feeling delighted the moment a stranger sets one of your legs on fire. After Adebayor’s dubiously dubbed “wonder goal” went in, I felt compelled to switch off the game and wait until full time for the result.

Spurs have remaining games away at Stoke and home to Sunderland. As I’ve previously stated on many an occasion, I still expect there to be plenty of twists and turns until the final resolution, and for matters to only be finalised on the last day of the season.

It is all in our hands now, but Arsenal aren’t blessed with a vice-like grip, and are prone to slippery moments when the pressure is on. The team can ill-afford any bouts of complacency, and as supporters we can’t allow ourselves to view it as a formality. In some quarters, I read folks who already just assume we’ll despatch Wigan with ease on our own patch. If recent history has taught us anything, it’s that this Arsenal team are capable of floundering and doing things the hard way during the least opportune of moments.

Nothing is secured yet. We all need to focus and make sure we get over line free from blunders and mishaps. Only when we sit in 4th, mathematically out of Tottenham’s reach, can we begin to look forward to what the summer entails. It’s been a topsey-turvey season, and not a memorable one. Let’s hope it ends well.

The odds on Arsenal securing at least 4th are stacked in our favour, with Ladbrokes offering 2/7 in favour of Arsenal finishing in the top 4.

That’s all for today, folks. There is a handy comments section below that eagerly awaits your opinions. Are you happy with the Puma deal and the revenue it will bring in? Are you pleased with the outcome of last night’s satanic match-up? Drop me a line with a few of your thoughts.

As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.

 

10 Comments

  1. Craig barrett

    Go on gunners. We gonna sneak third

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    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      Wouldn’t that be nice 🙂

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  2. paul

    The cash would be nice but it’s not like we have a track record of splashing out even when we have it! I think the best bit of news at the moment is that fingers crossed no. Major player looks to be on the way out this summer, I keep reading about the various superstars on the way in but take all that with a pinch of salt, we actually have a decent squad, there are a few players in there first year who are still new to the club, and the teams around us are suffering management losses, and internal strife and in spurs case a aging team who may well lose their one quality player! I have faith that next season could b a big one for us.

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  3. Mitch

    The result last night was good, but Spurs coming back to draw means we have to win both games! If Chelsea won then we could have at least drawn one of our remaining games .. Which is likely anyway considering Wigan and Newcastle will be trying their best to avoid relegation ..

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  4. Arsenal j

    Puma kit deal is a nice bit of extra money, weather they spend it on players remains to be seen, I think we’ll hold our nerve for a top four spot and pray chelski slip up and we can nick third! Considering the season we’ve had that would be a respectable finish,……..but it’s not over yet, come on you gunners, don’t faulter now!!

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  5. Veer

    I know this isn’t arsenal, but what do you think about David Moyes being appointed Man Utd manager?

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  6. Bristol gooner

    Who gives a fuck about moyes and manure!! Arsenal site mate!

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    1. James 'Raul' Stokes (Post author)

      It relates to Arsenal in as much as we are still perceived rivals, so I think it’s a valid question to ask.

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  7. Admir

    James, I have to correct you. “In an ideal world, Chelsea would have taken all the points” – nope, in an ideal world, both teams would have six of their players sent off for being c***s while the remaining registered players of both clubs would be taken to America in order to sit in Piers Morgan’s studio until the season ends.

    Puma-deal sounds good, hopefully some of that money will be spent properly.

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    1. James 'Raul' Stokes

      You’re right. I shan’t dispute your outcome is far better than mine.

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