Former-Arsenal star Alan Smith has warned that fan anger is growing into a ‘crescendo’ as there is a lack of passion for the club from Stan Kroenke.
Arsenal were beaten last weekend by Manchester City in a 3-1 defeat as they were plunged into even more pressure. The Premier League leaders were good value for their win, and they should have probably beaten the London side by more, with their finishing unusually wayward.
The defeat means that Arsenal have slipped down into sixth place, 12 short of City at the top. The loss saw their slim title hopes all but extinguished, while they are now three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea too.
The unrest at Arsenal has not just confined to the pitch though. The fans have made it very clear that they are very displeased by the distant approach that majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has implemented recently, as the last home game he was seen at was back in September 2016.
On the subject of the unrest, Alan Smith told Standard Sport: “There’s a lack of strong leadership at the top of Arsenal. Stan Kroenke isn’t that engaged, not conversant with English football. He’s not passionate about the sport, as much as he might try to make you think he is. That’s creating instability around the club”.
“Arsenal have always had an Old Etonian ethos in the boardroom but during my time at the club there was never that kind of rebellion from the fans. There were times when they were unhappy but this is different. It’s growing and growing to a crescendo”.
Arsene Wenger will be looking to alleviate the frustration with matters on the pitch next Saturday as Arsenal host Tottenham in the Premier League.
Tottenham will know that a win over Arsenal will pile the pressure on the side, while the Gunners are in desperate need of a morale-boosting win.