Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola have agreed that the fans are an integral part of football and that this proposed European Super League was never going to pass by the fans whilst there was no promotion and relegation talked about in this new farcical franchised football concept.
Arsenal owners Stan and Josh Kroenke were already not fan favourites, before this weekend’s European Super League fiasco, but now are under the microscope with every move that the club makes. The Kroenke’s are under huge pressure to continue on as the owners of Arsenal Football Club and planned protests are set to make it hard for them not to sell the club in the weeks ahead.
On Sunday afternoon we saw the announcement of a sporting-changing proposition when the ‘Big Six’ clubs in England along with various clubs in Spain and Italy issued a statement showing that they were one of twelve clubs involved in a so-called ‘European Super League’. Owners of these Premier League clubs had gone behind the backs of the managers, players and most importantly the fans and applied to make football a franchised sport rather than the game we all know and love in England.
Owners from the so-called ‘Big Six’ have come under immense pressure since the introduction of this proposition last Sunday and are now, collectively, under massive scrutiny because of this fiasco that they put the fans through over the course of the 72 hours between Sunday night and Tuesday afternoon and the mistake that they have made signing up to ‘franchised football’ in the first instance.
On Monday we saw protests outside Elland Road as Leeds and on Tuesday we saw Chelsea fans disrupt the first team coach entering Stamford Bridge and a delayed kick-off in the west London team’s fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, Arsenal fans from all over the world sent in their contributions to the interior of the Emirates Stadium to show support whilst the stadium was forced to remain eerie and empty. During the course of this week, Arsenal fans revoked this and requested that their flags and banners were returned to the contributor as a consequence of the owners going behind the backs of those who love Arsenal Football Club.
The fans are not stopping there…Arsenal supporters have planned a protest on Friday, at the Emirates Stadium, ahead of kick-off at 6pm. The protest was initially going to be focused on abolishing the European Super League but is now a ‘Kroenke Out’ protest.
The European Super League took twenty years to plan and was destroyed within three days by the supporters and wider football community.
In the summer of 2019, a small group of Arsenal fans gathered outside the Emirates Stadium to protest with the #WeCareDoYou printed onto banners but more people were buying the Adidas x Arsenal Home Kit, released on the same day, than those joining in with the planned protest.
Mikel Arteta has endorsed of the proposal of the ‘Kroenke Out’ protest in his pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s fixture against Everton.
When the fans have to come out and talk they’ve talked really loud and clear. They’ve probably sent the strongest message that has ever been sent in the football world. We put it out and within 24 hours they killed the project. That is a massive statement in the history of football.
Mikel Arteta on the fans contribution to stopping the European Super League
The fans have to express, that is their right and they have to do it freely. So it’s time to leave them to express themselves and now, somehow, we have to engage them again, get them closer to us and believing in what we do. If we do that, we’ll be in a much better place.
Mikel Arteta on the planned ‘Kroenke Out’ protest scheduled for Friday evening
On Thursday at 4:30pm, The Arsenal Supporters Trust have their annual Arsenal fans forum which Vinai Venkatesham, Edu Gaspar and Josh Kroenke will all attend remotely. The aforementioned Arsenal executives are expected to be grilled about applying for the European Super League and the fan pressure on the Kroenke family after that calamitous and careless 72 hours they let occur at the start of the week.
If you read between the lines you can see that Mikel Arteta does not like how the American ownership has gone behind the backs of the manager, players and most importantly the fans.
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