The Arsenal Supporters Trust have come out against club owner Stan Kroenke following the Gunners withdrawal from the proposed European Super League.
The supporter group posted a defiant message on Twitter slamming the American businessman after Arsenal posted from their official account a statement confirming that they will no longer be competing in a European Super League, with the other five Premier League teams also announcing that they have dropped out of the planned tournament as reported by BBC Sport.
Arsenal supporters have been fiercely critical of the club’s decision to join a European Super League following a season where the Gunners currently find themselves ninth in the Premier League table, with the north London side also not playing in the UEFA Champions League since the 2015/16 season.
Backlash for a European Super League has not just come from Arsenal fans, though, with supporters from the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea staging protests before their Premier League matches this week as well as Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola publicly admitting in a pre-match press conference via The Guardian that the idea of a super league in football where no team can get relegated is ‘not a sport’.
The proposition of a European Super League is one that only strives to benefit the owners of wealthy football clubs, and the Arsenal Supporters Trust reaction to the club’s message to the fans about pulling out from a proposed competition resonated with supporters across the world.
There is no denying it as a supporter. Arsenal would be much better off if Kroenke was to sell up and allow new investors, ideally ones who would be willing to invest into the team and to be proud to represent the values of the institution, to take over this club.
Even after everything that has unfolded in the past 72 hours, Arsenal are, and will, remain of the best-supported teams in the Premier League and one that means so much to people from every corner of the globe.