Josh Kroenke reveals KSE stance on selling Arsenal after facing fans’ backlash

Josh Kroenke faced Arsenal fans' forum following the collapse of the European Super League
Josh Kroenke faced Arsenal fans’ forum following the collapse of the European Super League (Picture: Getty)

Josh Kroenke insists KSE have no intention of selling Arsenal, despite the unprecedented fan-led backlash they have faced in the wake of the club’s bungled attempt to join the European Super League.

The son of ‘Silent Stan’, the club’s majority shareholder, faced a selection of supporters in an online question and answer session on Thursday evening, during which he was asked directly whether or not KSE felt they were in a position to carry on as owners of the Premier League giants.

He said:, as quote by REDactionAFC: ‘We will rebuild, we believe we are fit to go forward with Arsenal football club. We were put in a difficult situation by sources outside the club.

‘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 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.’

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Arsenal confirmed they were joining a new breakaway competition on Sunday evening but, following a tumultuous 48 hours, joined five of their English rivals in confirming they had pulled out.

The reputation of the north London club has been, potentially, irrevocably tarnished with the club’s legendary former manager, Arsene Wenger, among those criticising the actions of the 12 rebel clubs which also included the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.

Attempting to explain the rationale behind Arsenal’s decision to join the European Super League, Kroenke added: ‘We asked ourselves, what is worse the European Super League, or a European Super League without Arsenal?

‘We also asked ourselves what do the fans want? The global fan wants Arsenal vs Barcelona 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.

Vinai Venkatesham, meanwhile, had already apologised to manager Mikel Arteta and the players in person for causing such a distraction ahead of what could be a potentially defining week of the season for the team.

The club’s CEO also addressed fans on the call and said: ‘We made a terrible decision, now we need to make good ones.

‘I have been in touch with all other 14 PL clubs to apologise for our part in this. We are working hard to rebuild our reputation.’

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