Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is enemy number one in and around the Emirates at the moment. The American’s decision to sign up for the Super League backfired, and he is now under some serious pressure to walk away.
Gooners came out in thousands to protest against Silent Stan before our game against Everton last month. The Kroenkes are yet to respond to that, but Swedish billionaire Daniel Ek has emerged as our potential saviour.
The Spotify founder has joined forces with Arsenal legends Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira to buy the club from the Kroenkes. Reports have revealed that a bid is imminent now, which puts our current owners under even more pressure.
KSE came out and claimed that they will not entertain any offers for Arsenal. They boldly stated that they believe that they are the right people to take this club forward, and that stance will not change anytime soon.
A statement alone will not stop Arsenal fans’ protests. Kroenke will have to to go above and beyond to appease the supporters, and if a latest report is to be believed, Silent Stan has come up with a plan.
Kroenke ready to spend money to appease fans
Eurosport claim today that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will now be given extra funds to make the changes he wants in the summer window. Kroenke is reportedly willing to dig into his own pocket to increase our transfer budget in a bid to win the fans back.
To be fair to our owners, they have spent good money on the side over the last two years. However, it will take a lot more than just additional transfer funds to get the fans on his side, especially after years of being the enemy.
The latest report about Kroenke’s plans show that Ek’s interest has had an impact. KSE do not want to sell, but the Spotify billionaire’s public approach has put a lot of pressure, and that will not go away unless there is a change.
Stan and Josh Kroenke’s first attempt to change things is by providing an increased transfer budget. That will definitely not calm the fans down, but if they can invest heavily and build a relationship with the supporters, they might just have a chance of getting on the good side.