Former Arsenal goalkeeper and Gunners Invincible Jens Lehmann has had his say on the ongoing fan backlash against Stan Kroenke, his son Josh and KSE.
The Kroenkes, like the owners of other top English clubs, decided to sign up for the European Super League earlier this month. That was just one step too far, and the supporters, along with the rest of the footballing world, made their voices heard.
Arsenal were forced to withdraw from the competition, but the fans are yet to be appeased. Almost every Gooner in the world wants Kroenke out as they don’t care about the club and the supporters, but Lehmann has claimed today that they don’t seem like they’re disinterested.
He told TalkSport: “Josh Kroenke and his father are still interested, and they like to make people happy. I only met Josh a couple of times, but he doesn’t seem to be not interested about his club.
“It’s about competence and the guys who are there right now are good. I know the CEO, I obviously know Edu and they’re doing to the best of his abilities.
“Bringing in guys like Thierry, Dennis and Patrick, my former teammates, that would be fantastic as well. About a new owner, I don’t know if that works because first of all you need to know if Mr Kroenke wants to sell the club, and I’m not aware of it.”
The Insider’s View:
When you have an asset worth over £2 billion, it’s hard to seem disinterested. Josh Kroenke’s comments in the Arsenal fans’ forum last week made it seem like he wants what’s best for the club as well, but actions speak louder than words, don’t they?
Since taking over Arsenal, there never really has been a proper relationship between the Kroenkes and the fans. Every Gooner in the world will tell you that our owners simply haven’t done enough, and that is one of the biggest reasons why we are where we are.
The Kroenkes, like everyone else, can change. They can come to their senses and truly back the club now to show the world that they are really interested. However, if history is anything to go by, it’ll just be words, not actions.