AS Arsenal followers we’ve watched with frustration because the group’s soccer performances have declined over the previous decade.
When Stan Kroenke started shopping for Arsenal shares the membership had simply competed in a primary Champions League remaining.
Twelve years on, Arsenal are about to play within the Europa League for the third 12 months operating.
Off the pitch, followers have by no means felt extra marginalised, much less listened to or valued.
This was sadly illustrated when Stan Kroenke forcibly purchased out the final remaining supporter-shareholders with out even a phrase of appreciation for his or her custodianship position within the membership.
It feels as if Arsenal is at a crossroads. Issues want to alter.
What all of us as signatories to this assertion need to see is significant motion by Stan Kroenke to reinvigorate our soccer membership.
This requires work to strengthen the membership’s board and soccer govt and to as soon as once more make Arsenal a spot the place followers have an actual sense of belonging.
Change wants to start out with higher management. In his takeover doc Stan Kroenke mentioned: ‘KSE’s ambitions for the membership are to see it competing persistently to win the Premier League and the Champions League.’
We see little proof of how that is to be achieved. As a substitute our membership appears like an funding automobile, personified by the proprietor’s assertion that he didn’t purchase Arsenal to win trophies.
It’s unhappy that an establishment like Arsenal FC has such passive possession. All of us need to see a transparent sense of goal and path.
KSE ought to begin by being extra open and accountable and clarify how they intend to realize the purpose of successful the sport’s main trophies.
If Stan Kroenke goes to be absent from London he wants to verify the board he delegates to is match for goal.
There’s a determined want for some new and dynamic appointments. The addition of independently-minded administrators can act as a real verify and stability on the proprietor.
Very best candidates would have soccer and business experience related to the wants of a soccer membership in 2019, and ideally some ‘Arsenal DNA’.
Arsenal have invested cash in recent times, however their method to each shopping for gamers and paying wages seems to be uncoordinated and seems to lack technique.
There has additionally been a whole lot of turnover within the senior soccer personnel. A robust board could be proactively managing this.
On a matchday the Emirates Stadium could be a soulless place. The environment is poor and there are millions of empty seats blighting virtually each sport.
If Arsenal actually cared they’d be certain that seats weren’t left empty by investing in an improved ticketing system and actively supporting initiatives like secure standing.
The membership makes use of the strapline ‘All the time forward of the sport’. It could be good to see motion to reveal this.
Lastly, the very cloth of soccer in England and throughout Europe is at menace from proposals for a European Tremendous League.
These strikes are pushed by the greed of some so-called elite golf equipment who need assured entry into top-level European competitors yearly. Why care in case you end fifth or decrease if computerized qualification is assured?
Arsenal and the opposite golf equipment concerned ought to perceive that followers don’t want extra meaningless group stage fixtures designed solely to rake in additional broadcast and ticketing income.
You can name it the ‘franchisation’ of European Soccer. Arsenal ought to instantly make clear they may haven’t any half on this.
As Arsenal Supporters, we care deeply. We want to hear from our membership and see actions that reveal that they do too.
The primary alternative comes when the Managing Director and Head of Soccer converse to invited supporters on July 25th.
We urge them to deal with the problems raised right here. We are going to watch with curiosity.