Arsenal fans storm Emirates and demand owner Stan Kroenke to sell team
Arsenal fans are fed up with ownership.
In the continuing fallout from the explosive rise and fall of the Super League earlier this week, hundreds of supporters stormed Emirates Stadium in North London demanding that owner Stan Kroenke sell the football team.
The protest came about two hours before Arsenal’s English Premier League match against Everton.
The scenes outside the Emirates as Arsenal fans are protesting against their involvement in the 'European Super League' pic.twitter.com/5IckQbdalw
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 23, 2021
Big turnout already at the Emirates as fans protest against Arsenal’s Kroenke owners pic.twitter.com/awbMKn0bhX
— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) April 23, 2021
Footage shows angry fans lighting up flares and chanting “F*ck Stan Kroenke, get out of our club!”
Arsenal fans lighting up flares here and singing anti-Kroenke chants pic.twitter.com/bpCVKkWEXa
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) April 23, 2021
Kroenke was one of the brains behind the greedy Super League proposal, which inflamed nearly every single person who cares about world football except for the rich folks behind the idea. Arsenal was one of six Premier League clubs to sign onto the breakaway league.
Supporters of non-Super League clubs feared the fiscal repercussions for their clubs, while fans of Super League squads were equally outraged by their team’s participation in the closed league.
Arsenal announced it was leaving the Super League on Tuesday night, but the anger has clearly not subsided.
On Thursday, Kroenke’s son, Josh, tried to justify the initial decision to join the Super League in an online forum.
“I believe we are fit to carry on in our position as custodians of Arsenal. We were put in a very difficult position by forces outside of the club. We have the same plans for summer that we had several weeks ago and I’m still excited about those.
“So I might be met with mistrust, I might be met with skepticism, but over time I hope to establish some sort of relationship with our supporter groups and show them that we are capable of taking our club forward.”
Stan Kroenke is perhaps best known for also owning the Los Angeles Rams. He’s among the handful of American owners of English football clubs who have come under fire for prioritizing business over tradition.
Entering Friday’s match, the Gunners find themselves in ninth place in the Premier League table.