The relationship between Arsenal fans and their owners Kronke Sports Entertainment has not been easy in recent years.
The American father and son have been under intense scrutiny since the duo decided to sign the Gunners in the signings of the European Super League in May, prompting strong opposition from outside the Emirates to sell to the club due to public interest. Ek.
In response to this KSE, they have begun attempts to ease the relationship between themselves and their supporters.
This week, Josh Kronke flew out of the United States for the first time to attend a fan advisory board meeting with members of a select group of supporters.
While in London, Arsenal beat Watford 1-0, winning Michael Arteta’s 100th game and giving a wide-ranging interview to Sky Sports’ Jeff Schreves.
Here are some things Football.London We noticed in the interview and we heard what Josh meant during the presentation.
Fans on board
One of the big comments after the fall of the Super League was that there should be a representation of the fans on the board of football clubs to prevent such a thing from happening again.
Arsenal’s current board members are Stan and Josh Kroenke, CEO Tim Lewis – who is basically their man – and Pekham’s Lord Harris.
MP Tracey Crouch has been asked by the UK government to report on the Super League defeat, and when he leaves, there is strong speculation that the board’s representation will be renamed the ‘Golden Role’. Included in the comments.
Josh’s question about this was discussed.
“It’s hard to answer that question without knowing how everything will turn out,” he said.
A.D. When you take full control of the club in 2018, it will be difficult to see how Kronke will receive, having bought all the sponsorship shares and eliminated all annual general meetings (AGMs) in the process. The idea of including supporters on the board.
One of the biggest criticisms of Stan and Josh Kronke since joining Arsenal is the club’s inability to compete for major trophies.
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Josh said he would only take full ownership of the club in 2018, when KSE was under full control, but since then Arsenal have finished second, eighth and eighth and want to make it clear they will not compete much. Top trophies that their American owners claim are in front of our eyes.
Kronke’s initial criticism was that they were happy to qualify for the Champions League because of the financial benefits they received, rather than worrying about winning the trophy.
Josh’s initial reaction to the club’s ambitions did little to reassure him.
Do we feel right now? “We feel good, we don’t feel good,” he said.
“Our fans still deserve more. To enter the Champions League we have to go back to fourth place on a regular basis. There will be a different level of recruitment in the Champions League.”
Fairly for Kroenke then he expressed his long-term desire, which was to focus on asking for big trophies rather than just running, although the answer was not very convincing.
“If you start competing regularly for the Premier League title, you will compete for every trophy in the sport,” he said.
Our goal is to win the Premier League and once you get into the Premier League talks then I think exciting things will start to happen elsewhere.
Although winning is the goal, the constant focus on ‘being in the conversation’ may not be enough to convince Arsenal fans that they want to win big trophies on a permanent basis.
Seeing as how comfortable their owners have been in the Champions League in the past, there are few words to make them think history will not repeat itself.
This summer has been a busy one for Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta and Edu have signed six new recruits for Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale, Martin Odegard and Takihiro Tomiyasu.
This has seen some criticism of Kroenkes in recent months, especially as the new recruits have made a good start in North London, but perhaps the most interesting aspect of Josh’s interview is the perception that the team is not complete.
“We had a clear idea of what we wanted to do with the club, from my father, myself, Edu, Michael and other football operatives,” he said when asked for clarification. On the club’s summer strategy.
“There were a lot of places that needed a solution. Could we talk to them all in one window? I don’t think we did or could not.”
After a poor start, the cannons finally fire.
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While it may be argued that the only reason for the high cost is poor business decisions in recent seasons, it is interesting to note that Kronke does not feel that the club is building the team.
With Alexander Lacazette and Eddie Nketih set to leave the club at the end of the season, the center-forward looks set to be on the cards next winter, while the center-back is another place where the Gunners can strengthen.