Tony Adams aka Mr Arsenal is coming to Kenya. Poor Imperial Bank.

Tony Adams, Arsenal
Tony Adams, Mr Arsenal

So what are you doing on 4th to 5th December? Whatever it is, if you are a gooner then I suggest that you cancel. Mr Arsenal aka Tony Adams is coming to town.

The idea here is that our friends at Barclays have been doing this promotion to where they are trying to convince you to route your salary using their bank. I suspect that they figured out that once your salary goes through a bank most of your financial transactions will be done at the same place. It took you long enough Barclays so I salute your catching up on that one.

Anyway back to Mr Arsenal. Tony Adams spent his entire playing career of 22 years in the colours of Arsenal and is considered one of the greatest Arsenal players of all times.
With Arsenal, Adams won four top flight division titles, uniquely captaining a title-winning team in three different decades, three FA Cups, two Football League Cups, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and three FA Community Shields. He is one of only three people with a statue outside of the Emirates stadium alongside legendary striker Thierry Henry and former club manager Herbert Chapman. Thats some mad recognition by the team he led for so many years.

He’ll be in town on 4th – 5th December to joining a select group of lucky Barclays’ customers for an exclusive Barclays Premier League VIP viewing experience. In addition, he will visit the home of one lucky family and kit them out in the full regalia of their favourite Barclays Premier League side.

Speaking to the press Tony Adams said, “The Barclays Premier League is without a doubt the biggest and the best league in world football. I am still an avid supporter and I cannot wait to join Barclays in Kenya to share these unique experiences with them.”

If you want to one of the lucky few to meet Mr Arsenal then you want to open a Barclays account between now and 31 December 2015 and transfer their salary into this account each month. Furthermore, customers who register for online banking with Barclays will stand a chance of winning two tickets to a VIP Barclays Premier League Fan Zone with Tony Adams. More information can be found at

WHen things were good for Imperial: Arsenal FC's Head of Partnership and Development together with Arsenal fan, Frank Munene and Imperial Bank's Group Managing Director
WHen things were good for Imperial: Arsenal FC’s Head of Partnership and Development together with Arsenal fan, Frank Munene and Imperial Bank’s Group Managing Director

The people who won’t be celebrating are the bank that has been associated with Arsenal in Kenya in recent times. The Imperial Bank which was the local Arsenal partner has done events with the legendary UK sports brand. Unfortunately, even the sheen of the Arsenal can’t help them as they have been put under the administration of the Central bank of Kenya.

The bank which only the other we were lauding as they unleashed new Arsenal cards has seen the Central bank flex its muscles. Its not every day that the CBK says “that it has become unaware of unsafe or unsound business conditions” at your bank and they are hiring someone to be in charge, pole sana.

So if you moved to Imperial Bank because of your love of the Arsenal this is a very trying time. This individual customer’s plight might be very familiar,

“When you are told your bank has been put under receivership and you run there to withdraw your money only to find the doors closed. My only reaction was to laugh. I don’t think anyone who has millions held there will be laughing when they find out they can’t withdraw their money.”

Fear not though, just move to Barclays and you could get to meet Mr Arsenal. Hopefully.