Morning Ticker: Kroenke buys more Arsenal shares, Hunt picks Germany over England and more

Morning Ticker: Kroenke buys more Arsenal shares, Hunt picks Germany over England and more

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Morning Ticker: Kroenke buys more Arsenal shares, Hunt picks Germany over England and more

Colorado Rapids owner Stan Kroenke edged closer to a potential takeover of English power Arsenal after buying another batch of shares.

Kroenke now owns about 29.6 percent of Arsenal's shares, just three percentage points below the amount that would obligate him to launch a formal takeover bid.

While Kroenke has made no public declarations about his intentions, it certainly looks as though he has plans to join fellow Americans Randy Lerner (Aston Villa), the Glazers (Manchester United), George Gillet and Tom Hicks (Liverpool) as owners in the English Premier League.

Here are some other stories to get Tuesday going:

Hunt sticks with Germany, snubs England

The German Football Federation scored a victory on the player loyalty front this week after Werder Bremen striker Aaron Hunt turned down approaches to play for England. Born to an English mother and German father, Hunt is one of the best young strikers in the Bundesliga and affirmed that he only wants to play for Germany.

The victory in the Hunt case comes after Germany lost out on midfielder Jermaine Jones, who has switched affiliations to the United States.

Clichy sidelined with back injury

Arsenal fullback Gael Clichy is set to be sidelined for several weeks with a stress fracture in his back.

Clichy is expected to be out until December, bad news for the red-hot Gunners, who also learned that striker Nicklas Bendtnerwill be out for a month with a groin injury. That injury will rule Bendtner out of Denmark's upcoming friendly against the United States on Nov. 18.

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What do you think of these developments? Wondering when Kroenke will splash some of that cash on the Rapids? Happy to see Hunt snub England? Disappointed that the U.S. national team won't get to face Bendtner?

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