Arsenal fans stage angry Emirates protest despite owners desperate apology

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Arsenal supporters begun protesting the ownership of Stan Kroenke outside the Emirates ahead of their Premier League clash against Everton on Friday evening using banners and flares.

Gunners fans have made their stance abundantly clear following the club’s recent European Super League apology, with Josh Kroenke insisting that they have no desire to sell up.

While Mikel Arteta outlined that he would be moving on from the debacle, supporters are not in a forgiving mood for the failure of the owners to heavily invest.

Fans could be heard chanting on Friday evening: “F*** off Stan Kroenke, get out of our club.”

Josh Kroenke said in a meeting with the Arsenal fans’ forum this week: “I would say that it puts us a little bit on the back foot again …

“My biggest concern now and my biggest aim is to get our people and our fans back towards the team and feeling proud of it.”

Arteta had said of his communication earlier in the week: “They apologised for disturbing the team, not having the capacity or ability to communicate in a different way earlier and explain the reasons why.

“They wanted me to pass on the message to the players. That’s all you can ask for. The way they’ve done it, I have to accept it completely.”

The full apology from Arsenal had read: “The last few days have shown us yet again the depth of feeling our supporters around the world have for this great club and the game we love.

We needed no reminding of this but the response from supporters in recent days has given us time for further reflection and deep thought.

It was never our intention to cause such distress, however when the invitation to join the Super League came, while knowing there were no guarantees, we did not want to be left behind to ensure we protected Arsenal and its future.

As a result of listening to you and the wider football community over recent days we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League. We made a mistake, and we apologise for it.

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  • “We know it will take time to restore your faith in what we are trying to achieve here at Arsenal but let us be clear that the decision to be part of the Super League was driven by our desire to protect Arsenal, the club you love, and to support the game you love through greater solidarity and financial stability.

    “Stability is essential for the game to prosper and we will continue to strive to bring the security the game needs to move forward.

    “The system needs to be fixed. We must work together to find solutions which protect the future of the game and harness the extraordinary power football has to get us on the edge of our seats.

    “Finally, we know this has been hugely unsettling at the end of what has been an incredibly difficult year for us all.

    “Our aim is always to make the right decisions for this great football club, to protect it for the future and to take us forward. We didn’t make the right decision here, which we fully accept.”

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