Arsenal supporters groups united today to voice their concerns over the running of the club by owner Stan Kroenke. Invited Gunners fans are due to meet the managing director, Vinai Venkatesham, and head of football, Raul Sanllehi, on July 25 and ahead of that supporters have publicised their displeasure at the current state of affairs.
In total 16 prominent supporters groups and fans, including the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, have joined forces in penning an open letter to the club regarding the way it is currently run.
They have called on owner Kroenke (above), who last year took full control of Arsenal, to be more transparent in his running of the club and to reinvigorate the Gunners by strengthening the current board with new appointments at an executive level.
Issues are also raised over the current ticketing system used, with the atmosphere at Emirates Stadium described as “soulless”. “Off the pitch, fans have never felt more marginalised, less listened to or valued,” said the letter from Arsenal fans this morning. “It feels as though Arsenal is at a crossroads. Things need to change. “What all of us as signatories to this statement want to see is meaningful action by Stan Kroenke to reinvigorate our football club. “This requires work to strengthen the club’s board and football executive and to once again make Arsenal a place where fans have a real sense of belonging. “Arsenal has invested money in recent years, but their approach to both buying players and paying wages looks uncoordinated and appears to lack strategy.
There has also been a lot of turnover in the senior football personnel. A strong board would be proactively managing this. “It is sad that an institution like Arsenal FC has such passive ownership.
All of us want to see a clear sense of purpose and direction. KSE should start by being more open and accountable and explain how they intend to achieve the goal of winning the game’s major trophies. “As Arsenal Supporters, we care deeply. We would like to hear from our club and see actions that demonstrate that they do too. We urge them to address the issues raised here.”