Kroenke and Venkatesham offer grovelling apology to Arsenal fans over ESL plan

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Josh Kroenke and Chief Executive Vinai Venkatesham have spoken out on Arsenal's involvement in the European Super League project.

The pair addressed disgruntled supporters at a fans' forum on Thursday, which started with both men fronting up to the situation.

"Those who know me know I care about this club, it was really tough, we have to repair, we made mistakes", Venkatesham began.

Kroenkie echoed the sentiment, continuing: "I am here today to talk, and I echo Vinai’s comments. Leadership is about recognising when you are wrong, correcting and apologising.

"We asked ourselves, what is worse : ESL, or ESL without Arsenal? Also asked ourselves what do the fans want?

"The global fan wants Arsenal v 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".

Attention turned back to Venkatesham, who 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.

"It was never our intention to harm English football, we can talk FFP, about racism, but for football pyramid stability we need to ensure we are maximising revenue, but we went about it the wrong way on this occasion", admitted Kroenke.

Kroenke then confirmed that KSE (Kroenke Sports & Entertaiment) will pay the fees incurred for Arsenal's withdrawal from the Super League.

Attention soon turned to supporter representation on the board at Arsenal, with the American refusing to role out a role for fans in the running of the club.

"I believe in it, this has been an education on the power of Arsenal fans. 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."

Kroenke was also keen to extend an olive branch to fans, saying: "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".

Despite the fall out from the week's events, the son of Arsenal's silent owner refused to rule out the club joining up to a European Super League in the future.

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  • He said: "We will consult with fans, confidentiality makes it complicated, but we would gather more info if it [Super League] came around again."

    Venkatesham added: "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."

    It was left to Kroenke to conclude the meeting with a promise over Arsenal's future and another admission of what the club had done wrong.

    "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", he promised.

    "We have no intention of selling. It’s been a crazy week, we have not represented the club well, we have learned."

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    • Arsenal FC
    • Premier League
    • European Super League

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