Josh Kroenke faces grilling from Arsenal fans but says the club won’t be sold
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Arsenal fans were awarded a rare audience with Josh Kroenke, son of billionaire owner Stan and Vinai Venkatesham this afternoon on a virtual forum and they took the opportunity to grill them on the club’s involvement in the European Super League.
However, any hopes of the American’s tucking their tail between their legs and selling the club were extinguished as the club won’t be sold despite fans telling them to leave.
🗣️ @10akhil: “Do you not understand English football? You do not interact with the fans, you have no clue. English football is clearly not for you – you should leave.”
Josh Kroenke gets grilled at Fans’ Forum after ESL fiasco 👇https://t.co/wkjwQUBTm1
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) April 22, 2021
The Arsenal pair gave their side of the story and Venkatesham said;
“Arsenal were not the authors of this proposal, despite what many think. On this project the train was leaving the station, we made the decision to join. We made a bad decision, a terrible one.”
Kroenke added, “We asked ourselves: what is worse: ESL, or ESL without Arsenal? We also asked ourselves: what do fans want? The global fans wants AFC v Barca as often as possible. English fans want to see more big matches, but you still want your cold nights in Stoke. We got it wrong.”
ST ALBANS, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 10: Arsenal Chief Executive Vinai Venkatesham at London Colney on September 10, 2020 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Understandably the Arsenal fans were left unconvinced and calls were made for them to leave the club due to a total lack of understanding of English football and lack of interaction with fans.
But Kroenke let it be known that whilst this incident had provided an education, he maintained the club would not be sold.
“We have big plans to invest, we have plans, we want to be great again, but a long term model does not support long term high investment. We have no intention of selling.”
On a lack of trust in the ownership by the fans Kroenke added, “I want to get back to London, I want to do this. I am aware we never had trust, we need to build a bridge, we will.”
“We will rebuild, we believe we are fit to go forward with AFC. We were put in a difficult situation by sources outside the club.”