Kroenke makes £85m French investment (not Griezmann)

Stan Kroenke

Arsenal’s majority shareholder, Stanley Enos Humpderdinklage Kroenke, has made a massive January investment.

Before you get too excited though, he’s bought a vineyard in France. The American has paid a reported £85m for the pretigious Bonneau du Martray, making of some of the finest Burgundy wines.

According to the Telegraph:

Bonneau du Martray has only had three owners in more than 1,200 years. It was first the personal property of Emperor Charlemagne and then the Church, but was confiscated during the French Revolution and then sold to the Véry family. In 1835 Marie-Eugénie Véry married Charles Bonneau du Martray, whose descendant Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière has just ended the two-century family ownership.

And now it belongs to Kroenke who [insert your own joke here about making it the 4th best vineyard in France or whatever].

Arsenal, of course, have a long history with the old vino, with many players sharing names with various types of the delicious tipple. Such as:

  • Chablis Dixon
  • Rioja Miyaichi
  • Chiantian Wright
  • Chris White
  • Reduardo da Silva
  • Chateauneuf-du-pates
  • Soavela
  • Sagnagiovese

While before he signed for Blackburn, Arsenal were reportedly interested in then Southampton striker Alan Shiraz.

No, we’re not going to apologise.

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87 Comments on "Kroenke makes £85m French investment (not Griezmann)"

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Wenger's Pony

Top banter lads!


This and the Facebook comment dramatic reading from the podcast gave me some good laughs today.

remember the invincibles
remember the invincibles

The synergies between his existing businesses and the vineyard acquisition are unreal. Top quality.

Mesut's Kisses

This guy truly is a massive twat


this yankee mustachio has contributed nothing to our cause.


Can’t believe we are signing Griezmann!

Wenger's Philosophy Teacher
Wenger's Philosophy Teacher

His name is actually spelled “Griesling”


3 owners in 1200 years and they sell to Chuck Cheeseburger Jr III…? Ffs.


I would ask if nothing is sacred, but I think we all know the answer to that one…


Well one thing is, apparently.


The Prem?


I hope Usmanov gives him a rusty trombone in the Arsenal boardroom as Sir Chips furiously masturbates.



Pires' Left Foot

That would explain why Liverpool Management wanted to know what they are smoking at the Emirates


Freddie Lemberger


Danny Malbec, surely?


this one


Humperdinklage Reserve soon at WalMart

Matt K

Perhaps Kroenke could get some old Senegalese footballers to look after his vineyard?
Maybe they could live in the old ruin that overlooks the hills.
Le Chateau Diof du Pape

Matt K

Piers Morgan should have gone halfsies with him.
He likes a good whine

Edu's Braces

Pascal Chianti…..poor

Still, good to see our money being put to good use.

I'm only making plans for Nigel
I'm only making plans for Nigel

Muscat Ozil has always been a personal favourite

I'm only making plans for Nigel
I'm only making plans for Nigel

And obviously Arsene’s former right hand man from Japan, Pat Rice Wine


Riyad Chiraz


How could you forget Laurent-Perrier Koscielny?

Third Plebeian

Or his partner on the left, Garnacha Monreal.


Dennis Bergcampo-Viejo
Laurent-Perrier Koscielny
Henry Darnat


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Comment hidden due to low rating

Alas, no Antoine ‘Pinot’ Griezmann

Third Plebeian

No, but there are rumours of interest in Griezling.


Freddie Ljunburgandy would approve…

Adam Manzor

Clearly this is all about Andrew’s broken resolution to eat more grapes mentioned in the Arsecast today.

Arsene McLovin

Per Merte-sake

Arsene McLovin

Ah how could I miss this… Aaron Rum-sey


Pinot “Olivier” Giroudgio


bull shit

Matt K

He should grow pear trees at the Grove next to his vines.
Who doesn’t like a touch of Sparkling Perry?


Tomáš Rosé-ký?


Martini Keown. It’s got some wine in it……

DB's first touch

also along those lines… Emiliano Martini (it’s a keeper that one)


Sauvinlaurent Blanc

I know.

I don’t care.


In that case I’ll have a pint of olager Luzhny.


Glenfiditch Helder

Third Plebeian

I still don’t know why we signed Highland Park.


Cabernet Franc Stapleton
Boal Morte
The famous full-back duo Kir & Gibbs
and not forgetting Sémillon (whenever Arseblogger watched Robert Pires)

Matt K


Toure Motors

John Ginsen

Third Plebeian

Robin Van Winkle made his Mark for us, and he could hit the odd Bulleit, but it turned out he was straight from Knob Creek, and I’m pleased to hear he’s currently playing for Woodford Reserves.


To be honest If i had the money and a choice between buying an overpriced footballer or one of the best wine yards in France, I’d buy the vineyard every time.

It’s his money not ours.

Tasmanian Jesus

Exacly what I was thinking.
Endless amounts of quality wine would bring me a lot more joy than having a good player for some years.

But Im not him, so I think he should just buy a damn player..

Third Plebeian

Muscat Ozil

Third Plebeian

Oops, should have read through the comments first!

Diaby Merida life goes on
Diaby Merida life goes on

Merlot Tourè

Yankee Gooner

All well and good, lads, until Stan demands Cech play in a Fruit-of-the-Loom style grape suit for synergistic advertising purposes, sends the youth squad to harvest the Pinot noir grapes as a training regimen, and forces you to pair your prawn sandwich with a glass of Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru. Who’ll be laughing then?!?

Yankee Gooner

Hold on: can Cech wear the grape suit when defending a penalty?


This article would have been great for the inter lull 🤡

DB's first touch

Andrey Archenin (blanc)

Chamakh my pitch up

I´ll never forget the great Chardonnay Nicholas


Stella Arteta?

DB's first touch

Johan Djourouge
Sylvino or Giovino van bronckhorst (take your pick)


Chardonnay George … double the taste, twice the bang for you buck.

DB's first touch

60+ comments about Arsenal players and various inebriants and yet not one mention of Tony Adams, that must be first!

Arsenal Station

What about a Gin and Tony?


Cote du Rohan Ricketts


Chianti cazorla, rives de merson, cesc chablisgas, bruce riocha, sorry if these have been done i cant see the top of the thread!


All I’ve got is Patrick Madeira and Thomas Eiswein.


Alexis Shiraz?

But if we’re drinking anything then I’ll have a double Liam Brandy please.


Great. We have new shirt sponsors.




Grenacho Monreal

Andy T

Casillero del Diaby

Andy T