Former Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood once gave a scathing assessment of Stan Kroenke insisting he was only in it for the money.

Those comments came back in 2007 when the American businessman had taken his share in the club up to 11.24 per cent.

Now Kroenke is Arsenal’s majority owner but is facing huge fan backlash following the club’s involvement in the breakaway Super League.

The proposals fell through but the Gunners faithful want their owner to sell up with relations between them at an all-time low.

Hill-Wood, whose father and grandfather also served as Arsenal’s chairman, stepped down from the role in 2013 and sadly died in 2018.

Stan Kroenke has faced huge criticism over the past 10 days
Stan Kroenke has faced huge criticism over the past 10 days

But he quickly took issue with Kroenke and the influx on American riches insisting the club “didn’t need it”.

He once said: “Call me old-fashioned but we don’t need Kroenke’s money and we don’t want his sort. Our objective is to keep Arsenal English, albeit with a lot of foreign players.

“I don’t know for certain if Kroenke will mount a hostile takeover for our club but we shall resist it with all our might.

“We are all being seduced that the Americans will ride into town with pots of cash for new players. It simply isn’t the case. They only see an opportunity to make money.

“They know absolutely nothing about our football and we don’t want these types involved.”

Peter Hill-Wood took issue with the American's arrival
Peter Hill-Wood took issue with the American’s arrival

Kroenke’s son, Josh, held a fan forum last week in an effort to improve communication between the board and the fans.

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Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek, a billionaire from Sweden, has signalled his intent to try and buy the club.

Kroenke though has already come out and said he has no interest in selling the Gunners.

A full statement read: “In recent days we have noted media speculation regarding a potential takeover bid for Arsenal Football Club. We remain 100% committed to Arsenal and are not selling any stake in the Club.

“We have not received any offer and we will not entertain any offer.

“Our ambition for Arsenal remains to compete to win the biggest trophies in the game and our focus remains on improving our competitiveness on the pitch to achieve this.”



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