Martin Keown sends message to Stan and Josh Kroenke ahead of Arsenal fan protests

Arsenal fans will protest against Kroenke on Friday
Arsenal fans will protest against Kroenke on Friday (Picture: Getty Images)

Martin Keown wants Arsenal’s owners to invest in the club or ‘step aside’ and says he understands fans’ frustrations ahead of planned protests on Friday.

The Gunners were one of 12 clubs to have signed up for the European Super League last Sunday, and along with the rest of the Premier League’s ‘big six’, withdrew their support for the proposal a mere 48 hours later.

The controversial rival competition for the UEFA Champions League was met with mass backlash from pundits, politicians, and fans, which led to Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham supporters all protesting the plot before their league matches this week.

Arsenal director Josh Kroenke (right) has admitted KSE have no intentions of selling the club
Arsenal director Josh Kroenke (right) has admitted KSE have no intentions of selling the club (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal fans will now follow suit and although the club have since withdrawn from the Super League, they are set to vent their frustrations at owner Stan Kroenke before Friday’s clash against Everton.

Addressing a selection of Gunners supporters via an online Q&A on Thursday, Arsenal director Josh Kroenke, the son of Stan, insisted KSE have no intentions to sell the club.

But Keown feels that unless the Kroenkes invest heavily in the club immediately, they should sell up.

When asked whether he supports the opposition to the Kroenkes, Gunners legend Keown told talkSPORT: ‘Oh, 100 per cent.

‘I don’t think we should tell the fans what they should and shouldn’t do.

‘We now find ourselves at a massive crossroad – Arsenal football club, a club that I played for from a boy all the way through to a man, you stand back and you wonder, what’s their ambition?

‘They [the owners] came in and progressively bought shares in the football club from 2007 and I haven’t seen any real money of their own go into the football club.

‘Now Josh Kroenke is saying that they’re going to invest now, and we really do need investment because for the first time in a really long time European football looks almost impossible, unless they win the Europa League.

‘The club now is in a really difficult position. It needs investment – more than ever before – but they’ve put no money in of their own.

‘The club is crying out for that investment, the manager certainly is. So we’re at a crossroads.’

‘I can see why the fans want change, and in all honesty unless we see money on the table – and we see the colour of that money – then I think they should step aside,’ he added.

‘If they don’t want to spend money now – when the club needs it the most – then they should step aside.

‘It’s a wonderful club, but they [the owners] talk about culture but they don’t seem to have picked any of that up.

‘They don’t seem to understand the values of the English game, how much we love it, the history and the core values of Arsenal football club.

‘Do they just see us as fools? We’re just fools in the group? They go off and do this behind our backs.

‘I mean I can only imagine what’s it like working at the club as an employee and you find out overnight they’re trying to take the club anyway.

‘As soon as there’s a hint of financial difficulty with the pandemic they run off with the family silver.’

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