Arsenal director Josh Kroenke on his father, Stan’s, ownership of the club:
We have no intention of selling, I believe we are fit to carry on in our position as custodians of Arsenal. We were put in a very difficult position by forces outside of the club.
Stanley should have just said “no” when asked if Arsenal wanted to be part of the Super League. No, and then walk away because had he done so, Arsenal wouldn’t be in the press, again for negative reasons. Josh did add that any hefty fines dished out to the club will be paid by his family and not the club. Rightly so!
I might be met with mistrust and scepticism, but over time I hope to establish some sort of relationship with our supporter groups and show them we are capable of taking our club forward. We have the same plans for summer that we had several weeks ago and I’m still excited about those.
Of course the Kroenke family will be met with mistrust and scepticism but not just because of the Super League. I doubt there are many fans who trusted them before all of this, let alone now. My only hope now is that because of this royal cockup, they’ll put more effort into the club along with more finances. FFP permitting. I won’t be holding my breath though.
Arsenal have to focus on the football now and it’s up to Mikel Arteta and the players to push this whole sorry affair to one side and get back to playing because at 8pm tonight, Everton will be hoping to give us a good hiding.
Arsenal are without both Aubameyang and Lacazette which means one of Nketiah, Balogun or most likely, Pepe or Martinelli will play centrally. Odegaard faces a late fitness test. According to the BBC, Everton are without both Doucoure and Gbamin.
Neither Everton or Arsenal are having a particularly good season but there’s still an outside chance of finishing in a Europa spot for both clubs. Everton haven’t won a match since they beat WBA 1-0 away from home on the 4th March. Arsenal’s most recent League victory came at Bramall Lane when Sheffield Utd were given a good hiding, however, in our last fixture we did everything but score enough goals. A defensive error from Gabriel gifted Fulham their only goal from the penalty spot,
Its fair to say, Arsenal need to be wiser in defence against an Everton side who’ll be stronger up front than Fulham. Scoring goals hasn’t necessarily been their problem but defending them has.
Mikel Arteta said in his press conference that there’s still a lot for his team to play for this season and of course there is. The Europa Cup, Europa qualification by way of the League too but there’s pride too. Despite the owners throwing the Arsenal FC under the proverbial bus, the players are out there representing our club which is steeped in history and has always been known for doing things the right way.
Play for the fans Arsenal because we’ll always be here. The selfish and greedy owners won’t be.
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