Twitter – a Stan Kroenke Out campaign has begun and I’m not at all surprised. I’d have been more surprised if it hadn’t. The fans protest ahead of last night’s Chelsea v Brighton fixture resulted in the West London club reversing their decision. Pep Guardiola was appalled with the idea of his team playing in a league where results don’t really matter and soon after, Man City followed Chelsea by withdrawing from the Super League.
Arsenal have since done the same, as have all English clubs. This is a massive victory for the fans and everyone in and outside of the game barring a handful of greedy club owners who saw this Super League as a way to make vast amounts of money.
That should be the end of it but it’s not, not really Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal fans have expressed their disgust at the American owners of our clubs. Ultimately, they’re not wanted. Personally, I don’t want Stan Kroenke at Arsenal. He’s shown his true colours to the world. No longer is this ‘I think’ he puts money before Arsenal, he has and it’s not right.
English football is a great competition at all levels. It’s about the underdog beating the favourite, relegation battles, promotion and a last day of the season special moments. Anfield 1989, the “Aguero” moment for Man City and Martin Tyler and Wigan being relegated yet winning the FA Cup and being in Europe the following year. The invincible season and the Utd treble. So many examples and special memories for many fans including Arsenal’s.
Stan Kroenke was willing to sacrifice all of that for a few extra dollars. So no, he’s not fit to be in control of our club.
A grovelling apology from the official club website reads:
The last few days have shown us yet again the depth of feeling our supporters around the world have for this great club and the game we love. We needed no reminding of this but the response from supporters in recent days has given us time for further reflection and deep thought.
It was never our intention to cause such distress, however when the invitation to join the Super League came, while knowing there were no guarantees, we did not want to be left behind to ensure we protected Arsenal and its future. As a result of listening to you and the wider football community over recent days we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League. We made a mistake, and we apologise for it.
We know it will take time to restore your faith in what we are trying to achieve here at Arsenal but let us be clear that the decision to be part of the Super League was driven by our desire to protect Arsenal, the club you love, and to support the game you love through greater solidarity and financial stability.
Stability is essential for the game to prosper and we will continue to strive to bring the security the game needs to move forward. The system needs to be fixed. We must work together to find solutions which protect the future of the game and harness the extraordinary power football has to get us on the edge of our seats.
Finally, we know this has been hugely unsettling at the end of what has been an incredibly difficult year for us all.
Our aim is always to make the right decisions for this great football club, to protect it for the future and to take us forward. We didn’t make the right decision here, which we fully accept.
We have heard you.
The Arsenal Board
All I would add to that is had the Board, or rather the owners, had a proper relationship with the fans they would have known the upset and anger this Super League would cause. But clearly, they are so out of touch with the English game and the fans, they thought this was going to be a breeze. How wrong were they?
If I lived in London and there wasn’t a pandemic, I’d be at that 6pm protest on Friday evening.
See you in the comments.