Josh Kroenke, the son of Arsenal owner Stan, has been slammed for claiming Arsenal fans “still want their cold nights in Stoke”.
The American businessman attended a fan forum earlier this week, in the wake of the Gunners’ farcical 48-hour involvement with the European Super League (ESL).
Stan Kroenke was due to be vice-chairman of the breakaway competition, which proved deeply unpopular with fans and onlookers up and down the country.
Arsenal were forced to U-turn on their involvement – along with their fellow Premier League ‘Big Six’ clubs – and Josh Kroenke attended a meeting to address fans’ concerns on Thursday.
During the forum, the 40-year-old attempted to explain why Arsenal signed up as one of 12 ESL ‘Founding Clubs’.
He said: “We asked ourselves, what is worse: ESL, or ESL without Arsenal?
“Also asked ourselves what do the fans want? The global fan wants AFC v Barca 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.”
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These remarks were discussed by the Sky Sports commentary team covering Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat by Everton on Friday night.
And Martin Tyler labelled them “utterly patronising and stupid” in a withering assessment of Josh Kroenke.
Meanwhile, thousands of fans attended a protest against Arsenal’s ownership ahead of the Premier League clash, with banners and chants calling for Kroenke Sports & Entertainment to sell up.
But Josh Kroenke insisted the club is not for sale in the fan form, adding: “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. No intention of selling.”
Arsenal have been solely owned by Stan Kroenke since 2018, while the American billionaire first bought a stake in the club in 2007.
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