Arsenal legend Ian Wright has hit out at Stan Kroenke after the Gunners owner made the ridiculous decision of signing up for the European Super League.
The Gunners and 11 other clubs announced themselves as founding members of the rogue competition. Severe backlash forced the sides to pull out in less than 48 hours, but that hasn’t appeased the fans just yet.
Arsenal supporters want our owners – the Kroenkes – gone. We’ve had enough over the years and the decision to sign up for the Super League was the final straw. It’s time for them to leave our club.
Just before our game against Everton on Friday, thousands of Gooners showed up outside the Emirates to have their say against the Kroenkes. It was a massive protest but it ended like it always does – without an answer from the board.
Ian Wright has made his opinion of the Kroenkes very clear since Arsenal’s Super League announcement. He had his say again this weekend on BBC Match Of The Day, and this time, he has urged the government to bring in regulations that would allow fan representation on the board.
He said: “It’s very difficult. I knew that when this was announced, our club would probably be front and centre the way we’ve been run-up to this point simply because of our owners. The way this has been run, they probably need this. That makes me sad.
“I’m with the fans, I’d like them to go, I’d like the Kroenkes out, but Josh Kroenke has already said that they aren’t going anywhere.
“Now, it’s up to the government to try and make the kind of change to these owners, for me, that has to have fan involvement. It cannot carry on like this, we can’t have owners like that. They’re invisible to us.”
The Insider’s View:
Wrighty’s spot on there, but sadly, it is unlikely that things will change any time soon.
Us fans would love a representative on the board to have a clear say about matters as important as the Super League. A new law by the government would give us more of a voice, but would that be enough to keep the Kroenke’s in check?
They are the sole owners of the football club and at the end of the day, their decisions are final. If the Super League invitation comes around again, you can be sure that they will do everything they can to get in – with or without fan representation on the board.
The only way this will change is if Silent Stan and co sell up and leave. However, it will take an astronomical offer for them to even consider leaving – something that is extremely unlikely in the current financial climate.