The English Premier League continues to show us why we don’t want our Australian Rules football following their lead in any way, shape or form.

Recently Manchester City made a bid for of £250 million plus Adam Johnson for Arsenal’s history. I must admit, at first I thought it was a joke, dismissing this as some English comedian having a laugh. It wasn’t long until I discovered this was far from a joke – and it isn’t the first time.

Manchester United’s windfall in the eighties saw them purchase Port Vale’s history and all their achievements with it. While there are many things that interest me about the English Premier League, sadly this is one that does not.

In a world where we live by the mottos ‘money doesn’t mean everything’ and ‘no-one can ever take away your pride’, it appears they can. Who would have thought in the 21st century that a rich club could strip another organisation of everything it holds dear.

The bid, which is valued at over $300 million AU, would involve Manchester City claiming Arsenal’s 13 titles across their 96 seasons in the English top division. They not only claim these titles, but with it any rights over documentaries, books and other material which has displayed Arsenal’s feats. These publications will be rewritten, as if history had never been altered.

It sounds eerily similar to that of Germany during the Communist reign where they altered historical documents and other historical items in order to reshape history for the German people.

Now we can’t obviously compare these two completely contrasting situations, but the precedent is the same – changing history and the past achievements of others who had toiled so hard to achieve them.

It seems like something out of a sci-fi movie, where your identity has been deleted as if you never existed. Just imagine if this was ever suggested in our great game.

Imagine if Eddie McGuire met with James Brayshaw on a Sunday afternoon and politely put an offer on the table suggesting they’d pay $100m for North Melbourne’s history. Four premierships, success and anything linking the Kangaroos to success are gone in an instant.

I have no doubt this would make North Melbourne fans sick to the core. To be honest, it makes me sick to think that in this world we can have professional organisations stripping others of their history and heritage.

Don’t get me wrong, James Brayshaw would laugh at the offer and not even seriously consider it, but in 2012, Manchester City is attempting to take anything and everything that ever mattered to Arsenal.

Could a richer club in the 1990’s such as Essendon or Carlton have bought Fitzroy’s history to keep them afloat? I think the members of such a proud club would rather go down with a sinking ship than give away everything they’ve ever stood for.

All one can hope is that this never enters our shores and we retain our history the way we know it.