The American who is also known as 'Silent Stan' owns majority shares at Arsenal and looks set to reject a reported £1.5 billion offer from a Middle East consortium for control of the club.
Should Stan Kroenke reject the potential bid, Arsenal fans will want an explanation along with promises to invest in the club so that manager Arsene Wenger may buy top players to fill the current gaps.
In the trophy-less run of the last eight years, Kroenke has never really addressed fans’ concerns and seems to be primarily concerned about Arsenal being a financial success rather than a successful football club.
Fans pay thousands of pounds each season to watch their team play and it’s reasonable for them to expect some clarification as to why their once top, trophy-winning club is struggling to reach the top four in the Premier League.
Kroenke attends board meetings whenever he is in London and often speaks to Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis, but he rarely speaks out to the fans. He also reportedly refused to grant the other big shareholder and seemingly passionate Arsenal fan, Alisher Usmanov a seat on the board.
The billionaire Uzbek businessman owns nearly a third of the Emirates club but it seems that he and Kroenke have different views on how things should be run and the majority shareholder, 'Silent Stan', therefore prevented Usmanov from delivering any input in board meetings to the dismay of many of the Arsenal faithful.
Arsenal supporters want to see glory return to the Emirates and if it’ll take a Middle East consortium to make that happen, so be it. No-one wants to see Arsenal turn into another Chelsea or Manchester City with ridiculous amounts paid for players and wage bills through the roof, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case at Arsenal.
They already have the structures in place with a fantastic 60,000 seater stadium, state-of-the-art training facilities and one of the best youth training academies in the world. They also have a team that has the makings to be world-class, it just needs a few star additions to get them back to where they were eight years ago.
But to attract those stars they’ll need big capital, and even bigger capital if Arsenal fails to qualify for the Champions League next year. And if Kroenke refuses to surrender his shares in the face of the takeover bid, and then insist on maintaining the ‘self-sustaining’ model which doesn’t offer good players the wages they’re offered at other top clubs, Arsenal fans can expect to go trophy-less for the foreseeable future.
Should that happen, current stars such as Jack Wilshere will eventually follow the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie out the Emirates exit door, and Arsenal's problems would worsen.
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