Arsenal manager Josh Kroenke says the club “ obviously ” made a mistake entering the European Super League and insists it does not want a “ 48-hour period ” to define its ownership of the Gunners.
- Arsenal were one of the 12 teams that entered the European Super League
- Fans protested after calling for a change in club ownership.
- The Gunners pulled out of the failed project due to fan reaction
- Josh Kroenke admits it was the lowest point of his relationship with his followers
- He said a Super League without Arsenal was worse than one without them
Arsenal manager Josh Kroenke has admitted that they were wrong to enter the European Super League without consulting fans.
The Gunners were one of six Premier League teams to sign up for the failed project in April.
This sparked outcry from fans outside Emirates Stadium, prompting the Gunners to be one of the first teams to withdraw following negative reaction from fans.
Arsenal manager Josh Kroenke admits the club was wrong to join the European Super League
A protest was held in the Emirates after the collapse of the failed Super League project
Kroenke has been interviewed by Sky sports before his clash with Watford on Sunday, in which he said it would be worse for them to be a Super League without the club.
When asked if it was the lowest point in the relationship between the club and the fans, he replied: ‘I would not disagree with you.
I’ll put it that way. But as someone who is always trying to find the positives in things, when you are at the bottom, there is only one way to go and that is to get back up.
Fans asked owner Stan Kroenke (left) to sell the club, although Josh said the owners had no intention of selling.
Josh Kroenke says a ’48 hour period’ shouldn’t define his relationship with fans
‘I told this to our fan advisory board that we meet with, I don’t want a 48 hour period to define us.
‘An opportunity presented itself to us. We asked ourselves a question, what was worse, a Super League or a Super League without Arsenal? And we answered that question that we should be included in that. Are we wrong?
‘Obviously. We listen to our fans. We made a quick turn, we walked away from the situation. We apologize and now we move on.
And some of the dialogue that I’ve had with some of the support groups has been crystal clear and I couldn’t be more excited to communicate with them on the level that I am at because I understand who they are and now. they are understanding who I am.
“And I think the more we understand each other it’s exciting because all we want is for Arsenal Football Club to be great.”
The ESL project was initially announced on April 19, but after widespread reaction, the project collapsed within 48 hours.
More than 3,000 Arsenals fans protested the Kroenke before their game with Everton on April 23.
Arsenal’s statement at the time they retired said: ‘The last few days have once again shown us the depth of feeling that our fans around the world have for this great club and the game we love.
We didn’t need to be reminded, but the response from fans in recent days has given us time for further reflection and deeper reflection.
“ It was never our intention to cause so much distress, however when the invitation came to join the Super League, knowing there were no guarantees, we did not want to be left behind to make sure we protect Arsenal and their future.
“ As a result of listening to you and the football community in general over the last few days, we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League. We made a mistake and we apologize for it. ‘
On April 23, a group of more than 3,000 Arsenal fans gathered in front of the stadium to protest against owner Stan Kroenke.
In response to this, Josh Kroenke stated that the owners had no intention of selling their stake.