Stan Kroenke is now the sole owner of Arsenal Football Club, and that sentence has frustrated quite a few fans over the last twenty-four hours – and rightfully so. It’s a tough situation in more ways than one and it’s completely understandable to see why so many people are annoyed by it, given that it creates more of a disconnect between the club and the fanbase. Alas, in every great negative there’s a positive to be found and in this instance, that positive is the return of the Premier League and domestic football as a whole.
The Gunners will be returning to action this weekend when they face off against Manchester City, which we’re pretty sure you’re aware of now. The club have been slowly putting the pieces in place that are necessary not only for them to compete with the champions in this game, but also for them to have a successful season as a whole. Alas, that’ll all be for nothing if the focus on Sunday isn’t directed towards the players.
We’re already starting to hear rumblings of potential protests and things of that nature, but it just needs to stop. Honestly, a more effective and impactful way to deal with this situation would be to hold a protest on the day of a big club event that isn’t a game itself – because when the matchday kicks off, very few people care about the protest in question in comparison to the actual game.
It’s a tough pill to swallow but it’s the truth, and it’s a truth that everyone needs to come to terms with. If we’d have gone a few years without an incident like this then it wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but we’re only just coming off the back of a scenario in which fans hijacked every single matchday in order to request the sacking of Arsene Wenger.
It was a great move, but we can’t help but think it would’ve happened a lot quicker if things had been done differently – as is the case here. We don’t agree with the Kroenke project any more than you guys do, but getting off to a good start in the league could be absolutely massive this year. It isn’t going to be easy, but it’ll be even harder if the focus isn’t where it needs to be.
Do you want to see protests this weekend?