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Gunners fans call for change from Kroenke

 

By Mark Bryans

An alliance formed by a band of influential Arsenal supporters calling for "better leadership" of the club insist they have not launched another campaign calling for owner Stan Kroenke to leave but for changes to be made at the highest level.

A total of 16 signatories from across supporters' organisations, fanzines and blogs published a statement yesterday morning hitting out at Kroenke's "passive ownership" as the Gunners prepare for a third season without Champions League football.

Under a heading of '#WeCareDoYou', the make-up of the Arsenal board, "soulless" atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium and a lack of transfer strategy are all addressed to Kroenke.

"As Arsenal fans we have watched with frustration as the team's football performances have declined over the past decade," the statement said. "When Stan Kroenke began buying Arsenal shares, the club had just competed in a first Champions League final.

"Twelve years on, Arsenal are to play in the Europa League for the third year running."

There have been 'Kroenke Out' campaigns launched in the past but Dave Seager, founder of Gunners Town, one of the 16 signatories on the statement, insists this is not a rehash of such movements.

"The message is not 'Kroenke out'," said Seager. "The message is 'Kroenke change'. We know it is unlikely that he would sell up but we are just asking the club to change, to see what we are saying and respond."

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