Arsenal fans have gathered outside their Emirates Stadium to protest the scrapped plans to join the European Super League and the club’s owners.
Hundreds of fans took advantage of the Gunners’ home game against Everton in the Premier League on Friday waving banners, chanting and releasing torches.
The brunt of their anger has been against owner Stan Kroenke, who has been the club’s majority shareholder for a decade and took full control of the north Londoners in 2018.
Kroenke’s son Josh faced calls to quit since retiring from the failing Super League project and announced that his father had “no intention” of selling on a fan forum yesterday despite the excitement and the long-cherished resentment.
“I think we are in a position to continue our position as Arsenal’s custodian. We have been put in a very difficult position by forces outside the club,” added the younger Kroenke, but these remarks obviously did little to alleviate the tension dismantle.
Further pressure on the ruling family, club legend Alan Smith blew up the Kroenkes by telling Sky Sports: “I wasn’t surprised Arsenal was involved as they have an American owner, an absent owner who is rare says something about that. ” Football club. ”
“There’s very little connection between Stan Kroenke and the club. He rarely comes around. His son has a more practical relationship with the club, but Josh is new to the game, he didn’t grow up with football,” said Smith.
“Kroenke obviously saw the model work in the US with the NFL, NBA and along with the owners of Liverpool and Manchester United. They saw how profitable it can be.
Alan Smith described the owners of Arsenal as “ignorant” for making a decision that indicated Stan Kroenke’s detachment with the club, and it is very clear that these protesters share these sentiments: “We want Kroenke to get out “and” We want our arsenal to come back, “according to # AFCpic.twitter.com / It7HAH5hmO
– Ben Grounds (@Ben_Islington) April 23, 2021
“I don’t think they understand how the European mind feels about our sports culture. It was ignorant not to appreciate that there would be such a backlash.
“For Stan it’s about numbers on the side and wins and losses. There are no emotions there. Myself and the majority of Arsenal fans are not surprised that he jumped in [the Super League], but also some other clubs. Maybe they had some concerns and needed to be persuaded, but they were persuaded and that’s the damn thing. “
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When it was reported that the believers sang “We want our arsenal back” and “We want Kroenke out”, this feeling was confirmed online by other fans.
#KroenkeOut got widespread on Twitter, even by club legend Ian Wright.
And the hashtag – or rather a misspelled “KronekeOut” highlighting the lack of familiarity with the club, some said – was number one in the UK.
But one contrarian went against the grain and said, “As an honest Kroenke Out fan, I have no choice but to strongly agree with Josh on this point.”
“The Kroenkes are now preparing us on the right track and we should be glad they are our owners. Ignore the haters,” he concluded, which was definitely not a popular attitude.
As an honest Kroenke fan, I have no choice but to wholeheartedly agree with Josh on this point. The Kroenke are now putting us on the right track and we should be glad that they are our owners who ignore the haters COYKSE
– TL (@Midclass_) April 23, 2021