Arsenal legend David Seaman has come out in defence of under-fire Gunners owner Stan Kroenke by claiming that the American hasn’t done a lot wrong since taking over the club.
Kroenke is under a ton pressure at the moment after what happened with the European Super League. The owners of all the English clubs were humiliated on the global stage, and fans have had enough.
Arsenal supporters want Kroenke gone immediately and there’s a protest organised outside the stadium tomorrow to force his hand. Seaman believes that it would be a big statement to push him out of the club, but feels that we’d be better off waiting until the summer before making any decisions.
He told TalkSport: “Arsenal, as a business, is really good but on the field, the results aren’t as good as they should be. It’s going to be an interesting summer for Arsenal because they need players and finances, but we’ll see if we get any money to spend on players.
“If we don’t it’s going to be same old, same old. The league doesn’t lie, we’re mid-table. We’ve always been known for being a club that charges the most and at the moment are the fans really getting value for money? For me, they’re not.”
Asked if Kroenke should go, he said: “It’s hard to say. Before this Super League episode, he’s not really done a great deal wrong. Arsenal as a business is run really well.
“There’s definitely question marks there now but if he goes then what happens?
“Do they go down the line with Alisher Usmanov or do they get a new owner in? It’s a big statement to say get him out. We’ll have to see what happens in the summer. Will Arteta get finances? If he doesn’t then there’s going to be serious questions asked.”
The Insider’s View:
It’s very easy for us to sit here and demand that Kroenke leaves the club. Don’t get us wrong, we’d love nothing more than to see the back of him, but it’s almost impossible to see that happening anytime soon.
Forbes recently valued Arsenal at over £2 billion. Not many people have that kind of money lying around to fork out on a football club, especially after what the world has been through over the last 18 months.
The dream would be to see Kroenke sell to someone who cares about the club. Sadly, any businessman who shells out over £2 billion to buy Arsenal will only treat our club as a business.
That brings us back to the problem we have in hand. It’ll be the same story all over again, which really is sad.