Prominent Arsenal fans take aim at Stan Kroenke & demand change

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Josh Kroenke & Arsenal

Arsenal are now in America for their pre-season tour.

On Sunday, Josh Kroenke, son of owner Stan Kroenke, met up with the Arsenal squad.

A picture of Josh Kroenke with key Gunners’ figures has spread on social media.

Many fans have drawn attention to Josh Kroenke’s t-shirt, celebrating NFL franchise the Los Angeles Rams.

Prominent Arsenal fans release fierce criticism of Stan Kroenke

On Monday, a group of prominent Arsenal fans have released a joint statement about the state of their club.

The statement amounted to a fierce criticism of owner Stan Kroenke.

Kroenke is accused of using Arsenal as an “investment vehicle”.

Interestingly, the statement didn’t issue any ultimatums from the Arsenal fans.

Who put their names to the statement?

Full list of signatories: Arseblog, Arsenal Armed Forces Supporters Club, Arsenal Supporters’ Trust (AST), Black Scarf Movement (BSM), Highbury Library, Highbury Squad, Hugh Wizzy, Gooner Fanzine, Goonerholic, Gunners Town, Gunnerblog, Le Grove, REDaction, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, You Are My Arsenal Blog, 7am Kick Off.

The full Arsenal fans’ statement

‘As Arsenal fans we have watched with frustration as the team’s football performances have declined over the past decade. When Stan Kroenke began buying Arsenal shares the club had just competed in a first Champions League final. Twelve years on Arsenal are about to play in the Europa League for the third year running.

Off the pitch, fans have never felt more marginalised, less listened to or valued. This was sadly illustrated when Stan Kroenke forcibly bought out the last remaining supporter-shareholders without even a word of appreciation for their custodianship role in the club.

It feels as though Arsenal is at a crossroads. Things need to change.

What all of us as signatories to this statement want to see is meaningful action by Stan Kroenke to reinvigorate our football club.

This requires work to strengthen the club’s board and football executive and to once again make Arsenal a place where fans have a real sense of belonging. Change needs to start with better leadership.

In his takeover document Stan Kroenke said: ‘KSE’s ambitions for the club are to see it competing consistently to win the Premier League and the Champions League’.

We see little evidence of how this is to be achieved. Instead our club feels like an investment vehicle, personified by the owner’s statement that he didn’t buy Arsenal to win trophies.

It is sad that an institution like Arsenal FC has such passive ownership. All of us want to see a clear sense of purpose and direction. KSE should start by being more open and accountable and explain how they intend to achieve the goal of winning the game’s major trophies.’

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