The owner of Arsenal Football Club has bought the ultimate field of dreams – an £80million farm.
With Arsenal in tenth place in the Premiership after a disastrous run of results, plenty of fans have called for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to stand down.
And the board were even subject to a supporters protest called the Black Scarf movement last weekend from fans angry at the lack of big money signings in the transfer market.
Now billionaire businessman Stan Kroenke has found an ideal location for Wenger to be ‘put out to pasture’ – this 124,000 acre ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, USA.
The 65-year-old, who owns 66 per cent of Arsenal, agreed an undisclosed figure for the ranch last week – which was being marketed for $132 million (£80m).
Covering the equivalent of 71,000 Arsenal pitches, the Broken O Ranch runs 3,500 mother cows, 800 replacement heifers and 175 range bulls.
Situated along the eastern edge of the stunning Rocky Mountain Front – the Broken O Ranch is regarded as of the US’s most grand and significant ranches.
It was owned by the Moore family who spent around 25 years assembling the massive it which has more than 20 miles of the Sun River coursing through it.
Each year the ranch produces 25,000 tons of alfalfa hay and 700,000 bushels of small-grain crops.
Denver-based Kroenke, who is worth £2.5 billion, is now thought to be the eighth largest landowner in the USA following his latest purchase – owning an estimated 864,000 acres.
Real estate company Hall and Hall managed the sale for Mr Kroenke, who also owns a number of US sports franchises.
Sam Connolly, general manager of Kroenke Ranches, said: “Bill Moore obviously had the vision, expertise and wherewithal to assemble one of the finest cattle and farming operations in the United States.
“Mr Kroenke looks forward to building on that incredible legacy.”
A statement from the Moore family added: “We are pleased that the Broken O will be in the hands of a new owner of Stan Kroenke’s caliber and commitment to agriculture.”