17 Jul Arsenal news:’we would like to win’ Josh Kroenke pencils open letter to Gunners fans amid protest effort
The son of Gunners owner Stan Kroenke has reacted to the #wecaredoyou effort launched by fans on Monday
Josh Kroenke has issued an open letter to Arsenal fans only 24 hours later 16 influential fans’ groups, bloggers and websites started the #wecaredoyou effort.
On Monday morning Arsenal fans came together in an unprecedented showing of unity, calling on owner Stan Kroenke and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) to demonstrate that they possess the ambition to get Arsenal back competing alongside Europe’s greatest.
A joint statement was issued demanding Kroenke along with the team begin reversing the decline that’s been seen lately.
It read:”As Arsenal lovers we’ve watched with frustration because the team’s football performances have diminished over the last ten years. When Stan Kroenke started buying Arsenal stocks the club had only competed at a primary Champions League final. Twelve years on, Arsenal are going to play at the Europa League for the third year running.
“Away from the pitch, lovers haven’t believed more marginalised, less listened to or appreciated. This was sadly exemplified when Stan Kroenke liberally bought out the last remaining supporter-shareholders without a word of admiration for their custodianship part at the club.
“It seems like Arsenal is at a crossroads. Things will need to change.
“What most people as signatories to this announcement want to view is purposeful activity by Stan Kroenke to reinvigorate our football club.
“This takes work to reinforce the club board and football executive and to once more make Arsenal a place where fans have a true feeling of belonging. Change should begin with better direction.”
And today Josh Kroenke, Arsenal manager and also the son of owner Stan, has reacted with a open letter addressing a few of the points made in the effort’s announcement.
The 39-year old, who had been in attendance on Monday night as Arsenal kicked off their happy-go-lucky effort with a 3-0 win against Colorado Rapids at Denver, stated:”I’d love to begin by clarifying my family possesses Arsenal collectively, and once it has to do with the Club, my dad and I’m in constant conversation.
“So once you hear out of him you’re hearing , and also the other way around. I pen that on benefit of myself, my dad, my loved ones and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.
“We all know we’ve got a number of the most enthusiastic fans in any game, anywhere on earth. It is a part of what makes us such a special and unique Club.
“And while we know, appreciate, and agree together with worries about our Club failing to accomplish our aim of qualifying for the 2019-20 Champions Leaguewe respectfully disagree about our Club being at a crossroads and things will need to change as a lot of change has just occurred.”
The correspondence proceeds with Kroenke stating Arsenal now requires some equilibrium after a 12-month period which saw enormous amounts of change in the club, after the death of Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis.
Kroenke emphasized the appointment of Edu as technical manager, an appointment that he describes as the’final piece of an essential jigsaw’ from the club football usable arrangement.
“He [Edu] is first and foremost an Arsenal guy who knows the ethos of the Club and, since an Invincible, he knows the mindset demanded from top to bottom across the total Club for us to come back to the level where most of us expect to be rival,” said Kroenke.
“He unites Freddie, Per and Steve Bould, all winners together with Arsenal DNA, who adore our Club.”
A main area of the #wecaredoyou effort which has been established on Monday centers around the perceived lack of ambition by KSE to make Arsenal back hard for important names.
The Gunners are getting ready for a third consecutive effort of Europa League football having missed out once more on that a top-four finish from the Premier League last year.
And now the north London club have made only 1 summertime signing, together with Brazilian adolescent Gabriel Martinelli the new addition to Unai Emery’s squad.
Monday’s announcement said:”In his takeover record Stan Kroenke stated:’KSE’s aspirations for the team would be to view it rival consistently to win the Premier League and the Champions League’.
“We see little proof of how this will be attained. Rather our team feels to be an investment vehicle, personified by the proprietor’s statement that he did not purchase Arsenal to win prizes.
“It’s sad that an institution such as Arsenal FC has such passive possession. We all need to understand a very clear sense of direction and purpose. KSE ought to begin by becoming more open and accountable and clarify how they intend to reach the objective of winning the match’s important prizes”
Kroenke, nevertheless, insists KSE are ambitious as well as their goal is quite much to acquire titles.
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“We wish to be clear we’re in sports for one reason and one reason only. . .to triumph,” he explained. “There is just no greater feeling in game than winning at the maximum degree.
“We understand there’s a great deal of hard work beforehand and comprehend that fans want success today. We’ll continue to push ahead hoping to balance the short and long-term vision without abandoning the core fundamentals of the Club who have sustained us to the past 133 years.
“We aren’t naive in our believing our aspirations can be achieved immediately, and therefore are putting procedures in place to make sure we’re piled not only with talent, but skill with the appropriate mindset to assist us achieve our greatest aims later on.”