I’ve been an arsenal fan from the time I was introduced to club football and a royal challengers fan ever since the conception of the IPL, with the IPL just starting and not being to take my mind of arsenal’s brilliant form and being jobless that I am , I decided to compare the two teams. See what I came up with :
RED , the primary colour of both the teams. Yes , I know arsenal are red and white and RCB are red and gold but they have the distinct red , not just a patch of red or something , its their primary colour.
Arsenal’s Primary shareholder – Stan Kroenke and RCB owner – Vijay Mallya , rich but not quite the richest in their leagues. Mallya has a flamboyant lifestyle but we all know the state of his airlines. Vijay Mallya is valued at around 1 billion $ and Stan Kroenke at 3.2 billion $ , which isn’t a lot compared to the owners of other teams and hence these guys hesitate to shell out money for their teams and these teams take the conservative self sustaining approach. Also, Kroenke and Mallya own other sports teams too. Mallya co-owns Sahara force India(F1 team) , East Bengal FC and Mohun Bagan AC of the I-league. Kroenke owns Denver nuggets of the NBA , Colorado Avalanche of the NHL , Colorado Rapids of the MLS and St. Louis Rams of the NFL.
Both the teams have a great youth policy and believe in developing youngsters rather than splashing on superstars. Jack Wilshere , Aaron Ramsey ,Ryo Miyachi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of late are the budding stars of the arsenal team with plenty more on the verge of breaking into the arsenal first team soon. Virat Kohli , Saurabh Tiwary , Abhimanyu Mithun and Cheteshwar Pujara are the young lads at RCB wanting to prove a point.
When plans are screwed both teams decide to buy back some of their experienced ex-players. Arsenal did this by buying Sol Campbell in January 2010 when the arsenal defence was in a mess, Jens Lehmann in 2011 when the keepers were injury plagued and Theirry Henry in 2012 for a loan spell when the club was in a slump and mentally weak. RCB too have bought back Zaheer Khan whom they had initially traded for Robin Uthappa and Vinay Kumar after the Kochi team dissolved.
One Man Teams
There is a lot of talk about arsenal being a one team with RVP having hit what could probably be his peak and ditto with RCB and Chris Gayle , RVP enjoying his first injury free season is racking up the goals and might as well be the PFA player of the year , Chris Gayle had a wonderful time in IPL season 4 bringing out his best performances and making him one of the most dangerous t20 batsmen and earning the orange cup last year for the most runs in the tournament.
Arsenal have qualified for the champions league for 16 years now , RCB have played in every edition of their champions league since its inception. Both teams have also made it to one champions league finals and lost it to the most dominant team at the time.
You just can’t count out either of the teams at any point. Arsenal starting their season in 17th are battling it out for 3rd place , similar to RCB in last year’s edition of the IPL when all hope was lost but they held their nerve and pushed on to take a place in the semis.
*Sigh* This is one part I hate , both the teams have not won a trophy for a while now. Arsenal‘s last trophy was the FA cup in 2005 and RCB , well , they haven’t won anything yet since the tournament is relatively new.
A fan of each of these teams can safely say they are genuine contenders for any title and with young talent coming through their ranks there are exciting times ahead.