Josh Kroenke pens open letter to Arsenal fans

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Following the #wecaredoyou campaign which launched yesterday, Josh Kroenke has penned an open letter to Arsenal fans.

This is what he had to say.

Dear Arsenal Supporters, Fans, and Gooners worldwide.

I’d like to start by clarifying that my family owns Arsenal together, and when it comes to the Club, my father and I are in constant dialogue. So when you hear from him you are hearing from me, and the other way round. So I pen this on behalf of myself, my father, my family and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.

We know we have some of the most passionate fans in any sport, anywhere in the world. It’s part of what makes us such a special and unique Club. And while we understand, appreciate, and agree with concerns about our Club failing to achieve our goal of qualifying for the 2019-20 Champions League, we respectfully disagree about our Club being at a crossroads and that things need to change because so much change has recently occurred.

Over the past year we have turned the page from our traditional model of football operations that included a Manager and CEO, to a new chapter of Arsenal Football Club that is led by a Head of Football and Managing Director. Since their appointments and that of Unai Emery as our Head Coach we have continued working to develop a modern infrastructure, designed to move us forward. This will take time to play out, but this was always going to be the case after such a long period of time operating under a different model. For us, the most important thing to achieve was not simply change for the sake of change, but to ensure we put the right people in the right roles to work together in a positive environment to achieve our stated goal of winning silverware both domestically and in Europe.

We know this can bring uncertainty, and perhaps everything we’ve done in the past 12-14 months have brought about additional uncertainty during a period of unease when supporters, coaches, players, and management are rightfully frustrated by lack of success on the pitch. With all the work we’ve done on the structure of football, commercial and operational departments, we would say that the Club now needs a period of stability rather than additional change.

We want to be clear we are in sports for one reason and one reason only…to win. There is simply no better feeling in sport than winning at the highest level. We know there is a lot of hard work ahead and understand that supporters want success now. We will continue to push forward trying to balance the short and long term vision without abandoning the core principles of the Club that have sustained us for the past 133 years.

We believe that in professional sport you are as only as good as your last match, and unfortunately the last 45 minutes of our season were not our best. On behalf of my family and KSE, I was in Baku for the Europa League final, and was on the pitch after the match representing our Club as the second place medals were passed out to our players and staff. I saw and felt the same frustration that was visible on the face of every Arsenal fan, player and staff member, and the most important thing that I saw in that moment was how much people care and a resolve to face the failure and work even harder.

As Raul said in our recent announcement regarding the appointment of Edu Gaspar as the first technical director in Arsenal history, Edu represents the final piece of a very important jigsaw puzzle that is our new football operational structure. He is first and foremost an Arsenal man who understands the ethos of our Club and, as an Invincible, he understands the mentality required from top to bottom across the entire Club for us to return to the level at which we all expect to be competing. He joins Freddie, Per and Steve Bould, all winners with Arsenal DNA, who love our Club.

We are not naive in our thinking that our ambitions can be achieved overnight, and are putting processes in place to ensure we are stacked not only with talent, but talent with the proper mentality to help us achieve our highest goals in the future.

We know we have a job to do and we will attack it daily. Our Club has a beautiful history full of honor, class, trophies, commitment to the community and player development in which we all take immense pride and will no doubt continue to honor. We also must be aggressive and creative in the modern day transfer market to push what’s possible both on the pitch and how it’s evaluated in pursuit of the biggest trophies in English and European Football.

As for our supporters, we say thank you. Thank you for your passion, thank you for your commitment, and thank you for being the lifeblood of our great Club. There will be both victories and defeats in our future together and we thank you for your continued support through both competitive experiences as we push forward to create a new, proud, history of Arsenal Football Club. “Victoria Concordia Crescit” is our Club’s famous motto, and one that we all hold dear to our hearts.

May North London forever be Red… Josh

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N10
N10

Wank

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Yeah I know. Who capitalises the c in ‘club’?

Man
Man

Yuk. Sounds like it was written by Alastair Campbell.

Thesoulofpdavis
Thesoulofpdavis

I saw Alistair Campbell down at the VIP area before a game against Burnley last season when I was educating my daughter about the players (which she met). When she was out of earshot I made sure he knew how much of a cunt he is…

Futsboller
Futsboller

Not sure why this is has to be received so negatively or with such apathy. The letter is no different than the supporters groups and bloggers. What did anyone expect? At least the owner is responding, which is what everyone has been critiquing for a while. Change is happening at the club (even our shirts!), and it just didn’t bring the immediate success we were desperate for. Hopefully soon. I’m not sure I have the same faith as JK does in the management team put in place, but I am pleased with the work being done by Per and Freddie, which definitely bodes well for the future. Let’s hope some of the change turns more positive on the pitch this year, and we have something to cheer about again, in unison.

Dave
Dave

Yeah. Same sorry excuses since the new stadium excuses. Good luck waiting.

Laurent
Laurent

The problem here is that it’s all a bit wishy washy. It’s all about communication. Do you see anything along the line of we need to strengthen this part of the team. Or we give us 2 years to be fighting for the title or to win the FA cup. Or I saw supporters so deflated after the final I feel we need to show (with squad improvement and preparation, what are the steps and is there any tangible goal and timeframe any management should provide?) what is our ambition in order to go on a higher level?

Futsboller
Futsboller

Doesn’t sound wishy washy to me at all: he states quite clearly that he doesn’t believe the club are at a crossroads, and believes firmly that the new structure for success is being put in place. We can disagree with him, which is what most everyone on here is doing, but the statement itself is pointed and directed. He’d be a fool to guarantee anything or set out a clear goal (Gazidis did that, and then didn’t even come close to delivering on it) aside from what he said, competing for silverware.

Dave M
Dave M

Yeah, @Futsboller, im with this. I’m surprised we got anything. Good to see that the concern merely isn’t just being brushed aside and ignored. I like josh a lot more than his dad and I think for him it matters because I don’t think Stan cares about winning, he cares about £€¥$, but I think josh genuinely likes running things. Does it solve the problems… No way, but it’s better than ignorance!

Monkey Nuts
Monkey Nuts

Respond in deeds not words.

Rathfarnham Red
Rathfarnham Red

As someone said before me, at least they heard and have a response. If there was no response, that would frustrate fans more. The may not be a lot of substance in what he’s saying but he’s acknowledged the fans. Now lets see how these new structures play out.

George
George

Exactly, no more than other clubs to be sure, but we have our fair share of dipshits and I’ve never seen eye-to-eye with the AST (in particular, their approach). Look, if our players didn’t crash and burn so spectacularly at the end of last season, things might very well be different at the moment.

gooner
gooner

Shame on you if you believe those are his words. Edu, Freddie, Per, Bould? You believe he knows who they are?

This was probably given to a secretary to compile from whatever bits they can get. Or from head of operations. He probably just listened and said “yeah. That will do”

Don’t push Josh to give you a vision. You won’t believe it even when he gives it anyway. What we should be pushing for in the short term is SPEND SPEND SPEND.

This cycle of tell us something, we don’t believe what you just said is easy to deal with. Just as he did. He wasn’t pushed on signings and the budget so why should he mind that subject?

Homer
Homer

If you are all about “spend spend spend” then there is a certain club in sky blue in NW England you should be supporting. No, really. They’d love to have you – they all just started supporting last year themselves!

gooner
gooner

Thanks. I believe there’s only one club for you and it’s in Red in North London however much we might agree or disagree.

gooner
gooner

Personally I believe in the new structuring with Edu being their last piece. Whether they are successful is anybody’s guess.

It’s the lack of investment that worries me.
Again I’ll come out and say Josh didn’t put Ozil on his wages, never bought Mustafi and Xhaka for the same amount as Salah and Mane, didn’t break our transfer records for the two forwards, he didn’t even put the British core on handsome wages simply because they are loyal and never leave( haha, Jenks you are the only one delighting the fans because you didn’t leave)

All in all Gazidis and Arsene blew the money on some even money gambles and it landed on Zero. That’s why self sustainability is impossible, at least if you wish to compete.

I’d rather we had better owners but if you put a rich man under pressure to lie to you, he’s probably going to. Personally I’d prefer extra investment in the playing squad this year as I wait to see if the structure works.

Sorry Santori, broke your words record

Mpls
Mpls

Breaking our transfer records on Auba and Laca was well worth it.

GoonaDownUnda
GoonaDownUnda

Don’t know why this has any downvotes, completely agree! Were the best 2 part of last season!

Prince-Terry Ganyo
Prince-Terry Ganyo

And that’s why we’ll never win even a disposable plastic cup. You think we don’t need to get an established central defender to solidify the back?
You honestly think we don’t need a solid DM to shield our back four?
You also think we don’t need an established winger to add a bit firepower to the attack of Auba and Laca?
We settle for a misfiring Iwobi, and some leaky defense and we are okay.
Study football evolution with Chelsea our neighbors and you’ll change as well

Big Mad Andy
Big Mad Andy

N10, dude, that’s the loudest I’ve laughed out loud at a comment for a long time.

N10
N10

Ha mate thanks for that. One of those laugh from crying situs I guess. Would have been floored to hear something substantial. Just proves these people are soulless cunts without a shred of integrity. Glad to be shown wrong, miracles do happen. But yeah.

Juan Cornetto
Juan Cornetto

What a lot of words to not say very much.

FatArse
FatArse

Absolutely. No answer at all to the excellent letter from fan groups.

Josh is just an American Gazidis with more hair/brylcream

Don Cazorleone
Don Cazorleone

Well that’s clearly not the case.
For better or worse, this directly addresses the fans’ letter. Even down to the DNA.

Yes, it’s easy to curate a politically clean response through letters, but at least the response is there.

Duno
Duno

“We want to be clear we are in sports for one reason and one reason only…to win“
Who else scoffed/laughed when they got to this part?

Badaab
Badaab

The Denver Nuggets, a team which KSE also own, was systematically dismantled by Josh when he was appointed as GM by his father. They’ve had a few blips of almost success, but generally speaking have become a selling team.

Duno
Duno

We really are in a sad situation. Gaaawwwd, I hate these corporate recycled copy and paste bullshits. It pains my every fibre.

Texas Gooner
Texas Gooner

They just signed one of their best players to a max extension (Murray), kept their best player (Jokic) and were one game away from making the Western Conference Finals. They actually are set up pretty nice for the next few years. Now Arsenal….

Dave M
Dave M

Seriously, Imma big hoops fan too (support the champs!), Just ignore this guys Meta take. Nuggests are in good shape and made signings to improve from last year.

Yoki
Yoki

We can’t compare the NBA to European Football.

Dismantling the Nuggets allowed them to draft high, and that landed them players like Jamal Murray and Gary Harris, who are key players to their teams. Dismantling the Nuggets also allowed them to clear salaries to make way to paying their top stars, including Nikola Jokic, who they lucked out in drafting in the 2nd round. Now, they are a legit championship contender in the NBA.

You cannot do that in European football, because there’s no reward in disassembling a team unlike in American Sports. What they did for the Nuggets was right, and now they are on track to be contenders. If they are doing the same in European football, we have big problems.

Smithokoski@hotmail.com

To me that is the key concern I don’t believe the Kroenke’s actually understand how different European Football is from the other leagues in which they own teams. The LA Rams and the Nuggets model for improving is not replicable for Arsenal.

Ryan Smith
Ryan Smith

That’s not quite true the Denver Nuggets are loaded with some of the best young talent in the NBA

Hlebs dancing feet
Hlebs dancing feet

You might want to check your facts there. Denver just had its best year in a looong time. They are not selling team because basketball teams trade contracts, and even at that they’ve kept their core of players intact. They’ve done reasonably well and so have the Rams but neither of these teams has the history of Arsenal and if KSE could get us back to our lofty heights then we would be their biggest cash cow. Thats the only realistic consolation I can offer.

EuripidesMac
EuripidesMac

Los Angeles Rams – 1st Place in their division – Lost in the league championship (Super Bowl)
Denver Nuggets – 2nd Place in their division of 15 teams – perhaps the youngest team in the league – did well in the playoffs for such a young team; winning a series against a veteran team and coach
Colorado Avalanche – Playoffs for 2nd year in a row – also one of the youngest teams in the league – They won their 1st round series as the #8 seed vs #1 seed.
Colorado Rapids – One good season since winning the MLS Cup in 2010. I think they’ve made the playoffs 3 times since 2010. Started this season 0-9-2…two points from first 11 matches. Dropped their manager. Now they’re out of last place.

Overall, KSE teams are finding some success and experiencing growth. We’ll see how next year is? About five years ago, most were struggling :p

Xanat
Xanat

Tbf now they’re doing quite good actually – 3 years in a row same team getting better and better with Jokic all-nba first team main star and upcoming season one of 10 teams which genuinely believe they can win the league

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

Had the same reaction, mainly when I all the recent wins of USA KSE’s franchises: Denver Nuggets, LA Rams and the Colorado Rapids.

SB Still
SB Still

It was from that point, that I started skimming the rest of the letter.

So, the one positive is the letter itself, although it disagrees with everything from the supporters letter. Atleast it’s a response.

However, its going to be a long struggle, there is a lot in the hierarchy that’s wrong prime example – Sanllehi! While most of us want KSE out of Arsenal, I’d be happy if the club replaces Sanllehi with someone much better. Lower down the hierarchy there are very good people like Mertesacker, Ljungberg. However, getting rid of Mislintat, situation with Kos, etc clearly have Sanllehi’s fingerprints!

Hantal
Hantal

Typical response “we here you, don’t worry everything’s fine”

Balls to them

Paulie Walnuts
Paulie Walnuts

Balls to the way you wrote ‘hear’.

K9ine
K9ine

Ok

Ahmed hameed
Ahmed hameed

We want to hear a huge amount of money to be spent this summer not telling us long stories and appreciation. Korenke out

Ollie123
Ollie123

A great letter. If you read it in isolation of real life over the last 3 years and the current situation we find ourselves in.

Bosscielny
Bosscielny

Fuck off Kroenke you parasite

Steven
Steven

That’s 5mins of worthless reading I’m never getting back.

Sam
Sam

Fucking lol. What a perfect corporate response.

Lobster
Lobster

I dont think there’s anything particularly wrong with the “corporate response”, it’s the series of events leading up to it that I take issue with.
I mean would u rather have a drunken rant aimed at the fans by Steve Bould on AFTV?

Uhtred
Uhtred

The proof is in the pudding Joshy boy

BW9

I mean fair enough, they responded, but only because they were forced to. Let’s see what happens remainder of the window and this season.

Yaks
Yaks

But did they say anything?

IDDI AMIN APANGU
IDDI AMIN APANGU

u have spoken it keep telling them, the tranfer is here.

Double98
Double98

“Victoria Concordia Crescit”(Didn’t you guys take the motto off the crest?)

Arsenal DNA?

Class…

What about “Marble Halls” and Herbert Chapman, 1 nil to the Arsenal, Rocky, Wright wright wright and ArseneKnows?

Dude – You barely got a line on Arsenal Bullshit bingo

Toure Motors
Toure Motors

“thank you for the cash and collateral” didn’t make the published version

Michael Bolton Wanderers
Michael Bolton Wanderers

May North London forever be red. Not “the North”, this isn’t game of thrones

Double98
Double98

So Mustafi isn’t being immasculated by Ramsay Bolton?

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Nah, he’s just a flaky defender.

My Cousin Vinai (Formerly Faisal Narrage)
My Cousin Vinai (Formerly Faisal Narrage)

I thought he was gonna say “May the odds forever be in your favour.”

Chidi
Chidi

This isn’t Hunger games either! Sure looks like it to be fair though.

Texas Gooner
Texas Gooner

But we’re in the great game now. And the great game is terrifying. Ammiright?

Duno
Duno

Yes, we are in the end game now, whatever it takes!

Keeping it Monreal
Keeping it Monreal

So many words to address virtually none of the points brought up in the letter…

Pkub
Pkub

Identical to how politicians answer questions….

Charlieboy1971
Charlieboy1971

That is a long winded way to stick two fingers up. Absolute waste of my time.

Santori
Santori

Empty words.

Sweet nothings.

Spend the money on quality players – Cback and winger.

Stop trying to keep Koscielny around or waste money on a lback.

Above all get in a better transfer team.

Raul was only ‘Director of football relations’ at Barca.

Caggagio a good scout but on learning curve. Edu has little to know experience doing deals.

IF you were truly invested, you would show the ambition Lille OSC have and signed Campos for the job.

Put your money where your mouth is.

Duno
Duno

Congrats Josh, you made Santori speechless!

Shark
Shark

Actions speak louder than words Kroenke…

North London is Redder
North London is Redder

F**k off telling us what our job is. Do your f**cking job.

Santori
Santori

This club is in grave danger of losing whatever allure it has left.

These guys don’t care.

A summer buying mediocre players from Brazillian fourth division and the likes will see us slip into mid table. Be prepared.

People liked to criticise Wenger blindly (and to some extent Gazidis), but Wenger had the club at heart first and foremost. Now that check and balance is truly gone.

Be careful for what you wish for.

All those WengerOut will come to rue the day if it proves true the current structure will buy to their own benefit.

roastimbou27
roastimbou27

78,000 on the poo-ometer

Mike
Mike

“May north forever be red”
I’m sure Liverpool and Man U both agree!

Uses the term we all the way through as if he is some kind of life long Gooner, totally fucks up the sign off.

Mpls
Mpls

Read it again. It says:

“May North London forever be Red… Josh”

Unless Blogs goofed in copying it over initially and fixed it? I have a sneaking suspicion Blogs would not have edited Josh’s words to do him a solid.

9jagun
9jagun

Still didn’t make any sense

Viney
Viney

“Aggressive in the transfer market” 😂 I’m waiting, Josh. Seen fuck all so far. If I was to even take your comments at face value, how do you propose any of your grand ambitions are achieves without the requisite quality of players?? Head. In. Sand.

Texas Gooner
Texas Gooner

Think he meant “Aggressively mediocre”

jw1
jw1

“Oh, splendid then! I shall pen you another letter this time next year”, spaeketh Master Josh.

Lord, grant me the patience.

Badaab
Badaab

Sorry Josh, but your actions with other sports franchises that your family owns speak otherwise, and this letter is a half-arsed attempt to garner support from a fanbase which is agitating for your removal.
The Kroenke family’s record is not a positive one (even outside of sport… Josh’s mother is a Wal-Mart heir), and without actions which speak otherwise, failson Josh is going to be judged on what he does rather than a letter penned by a PR team.

jw1
jw1

Appreciate the sentiment.
But the ‘other teams’ have fared pretty well.
LA Rams made the Super Bowl
Denver Nuggets were the #2 seed in a very tough Western Conference.
Colorado Avalanche, (eh…) lost a 7-game series in the 2nd round of playoffs.

So, actually? It’s just Arsenal. Sucks for us.

AusGunner
AusGunner

we ah, we did win 3 FA Cups in 4 years

Yankee Gooner
Yankee Gooner

These recent results are anomalous under his ownership: look at Rams and Avalanche prior to his ownership and then since. Nuggets have always been mediocre, so their current situation is relatively awesome.

Babs
Babs

I have said this a thousand times and will day it again. The problem is not the board, it is we the fans because we give them the power to act and decide foolishly for us. We the fans are stronger and once we realize that then things will change. Once we stop buying jerseys and attending matches for a whole season with no money in their pockets, they will eventually realize that we own the club (maybe not on paper). A strike by arsenal fans will do a lot of harm to our beloved club but this would be a wake up call to the board members. This is what we need to do, “destroy and rebuild”. Unfortunately, that is the only path right now

Grammar nasty
Grammar nasty

Spot on. These rank charlatans won’t be reasoned with on any level. The only way is fans making a stand. Hit the buggers where it hurts. Stop buying their overpriced crap on match days. Stage mid-match walk outs during a live TV game. Turn the atmosphere toxic with #KroenkeOut sentiment just like the fans did to Wenger. FFS 60,000 people in a ground is a powerful force of it scraped away the shit out of its collective eyes, got up off it’s comfy seats and fucking did something.

Ric
Ric

Should’ve brought out the poo-ometer for that

Gunnerwinalot
Gunnerwinalot

In my working lifeI listened to and read corporate bullsh*t from private equity parasites and their representatives. If it isn’t about money and really is about sporting success then put money into the club for player purchases and contracts!

PS: I hope he didn’t really say ‘May North forever be Red’ and that you’ve accidentally missed out the word ‘London’?!

Badaab
Badaab

This paragraph is the most telling, as it speaks to KSE’s lack of interest in investment in the properties they own:
“We know this can bring uncertainty, and perhaps everything we’ve done in the past 12-14 months have brought about additional uncertainty during a period of unease when supporters, coaches, players, and management are rightfully frustrated by lack of success on the pitch. With all the work we’ve done on the structure of football, commercial and operational departments, we would say that the Club now needs a period of stability rather than additional change.”
Absolute corporate doublespeak.

Tim Shields
Tim Shields

Does it feel as if he’s missed the point of the #wecaredoyou campaign? Fans are tired of the rhetoric and spin, this is just more of that.

WolfJones
WolfJones

Yawn…………….. Same old bollocks……..

Edzo
Edzo

I would have preferred two world class center backs and a replacement for Ramsey. Instead we got words.

Drew
Drew

At least he said something.

Maul Person
Maul Person

Yes but if he isn’t going to say anything useful, it’s usually best to… well… stfu.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Using his mouth prettier than a 20 dollar whore. All we need now is for daddy to share a bit of the loot.

Arsenal Born
Arsenal Born

‘May North forever be red’ he’s a Manc Scouse… Ffs

My Cousin Vinai (Formerly Faisal Narrage)
My Cousin Vinai (Formerly Faisal Narrage)

“So when you hear from him you are hearing from me”

Jesus The Kroenke?

Anyways let me approach this objectively. I don’t believe not reading it and just hurling insult changes much. We asked for communication didn’t we? If we don’t listen back, it becomes even less likely that they will engage in communication in the future. It’s best to approach this with maturity.

I do appreciate Josh response, it feels like it’s genuinely from him, and I understand we will never hear from “the father”, but I guess “the father and the son are one”.
I do like and appreciate the focus on the structures too, and trying to instil there is a long-term goals.

However….
Josh is committed a cardinal sin.
It’s one thing to not fully acknowledge on other fan issues; such as the loss of fan engagement via the hoovering up of shares or ticket prices, but the biggest mistake in this letter is that there was ZERO acknowledgement of wrongdoing in the past.
This would’ve gone down better if he acknowledged the specific issues and also acknowledge the missteps they took in the past that led us to where we are now. Such tacit acknowledgement would’ve built some sort of empathy and understanding that, they at the very least understand where we’re coming from. But by not acknowledging the mistakes of the past, it means there’s every likelihood that we/they are doomed to repeat it in the future.

Futsboller
Futsboller

That is ridiculous, I have to say. There is no need to look at the past any longer; that’s the entire point that everyone seems to be missing, but ironically JK seems to get. Everything is about the future, putting structures in place that will hopefully enable the club to compete for silverware. He acknowledges the pain of losing, and the desire to avoid that — what I find most intriguing about his letter is his resolve: he doesn’t bow down to the fan, but rather points ahead and suggests he knows the way. I don’t really care much for Arsenal management, but that’s good leadership. And my goodness, he’s not about to poop on the people that ran the club before — he’s got a bit more savvy than that.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Nicely put. I must admit the letter is skilfully constructed and it stroke a chord with me. The change he mentioned have been made and it takes time for the mayonnaise to take. I will restrain myself from any judgement until the last day of window.

Jack Action
Jack Action

Absolutely zero description of what the actual vision is. He could have published a very succinct bullet-point mission statement that would have answered everyone’s questions; i.e.

AFC will operate on a financial sustainability model,
AFC intends to focus on youth development over roster building via the transfer market,
AFC recruitment will be aligned with our desire to play an quick, technical, possession-based brand of football,
etc.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

P.S. Dear Arsenal fans, did you really believe all that?

Yours truly,

Josh, son of Kroenkenscrouge

Chippy87
Chippy87

OK, cough up the funds needed for investment in the squad. Now.

Finish the Tierney deal and then move on to Zaha; that would be a good start.

Except we all know that you won’t, this is just corporate talk that is fooling no one.

IDDI AMIN APANGU
IDDI AMIN APANGU

But the Arsenal of today is planning without knowing that player markets are up and clubs dish money to get top players who in turn help when its right time for world class star to show off their magics which we always dont have because of always going for chipper options and thats why we are paying the price by not winning major trophy. So you need to dish money to add on whats ready.

DB10s
DB10s

What I don’t understand is if the club is doing well then profits will grow. Simple. Look at Liverpool.

However they’ve let the club slide backwards gradually over the past decade and if it continues the damage will be almost irreversible thus everyone lose – us, the club and kronke. The way I see it, they’ve let the previous administration run away with gross mismanagement and to rectify it, some investment is needed to see us back in the CL or sell everything and start over. We have the expenditure of a CL club but it’s 3 seasons of EL now and moving forward it’s just going to get worse if nothing is done to fix the expenses. This lack of direction and strategy scares me the most, more then the lack of investment.

Harish P
Harish P

Interesting choice for a letter. Some nice points though.

Then I remember all their other sporting endeavours and how they are relatively stagnant.

Would prefer open dialogue over a one sided letter.

Zack

We care, do you? HELL NO THEY DON’T. I am an American, I know these twats, I work with them everyday. They are greedy parasites, and these particular parasites at Arsenal do not care about anything besides their bank accounts. They don’t care about winning. They are not like the Liverpool owners, they have no desire to win. And if Kroenke decides he wants to win something, he will invest in his NFL team – not Arsenal. Supporters who care about this club have to FIGHT FOR IT. Make it ugly. If you sit back and watch them suck the club dry while they get richer, Arsenal will become a mid-table club with plenty of history and zero relevance. Season after season. This will happen within a decade. There will be no more young players who talk about their love of Arsenal as a kid and desire to play for them. We will become West Ham, Newcastle, Leeds… mediocrity and memories of better days. We have to fight back to prevent this from happening. Ready when you are.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Is it weird that I feel more pissed off after the letter?
Does he think us fans are stupid and gullible?

Grammar nasty
Grammar nasty

Judging by the some of the responses here sadly many are.

rayafc
rayafc

Put your money where your mouth is.

Confused
Confused

Speaks and wrigesike. Wankpuffin must be a wankpuffin

Paul
Paul

Josh,do not patronize us… You weren’t the only one in Baku. You & your father have no agenda for Arsenal FC that fulfills the wishes of the players & fans. You are only interested in what lines your pocket. Cut out the words: show us & tell us you care by action. #Wecaredoyou

Gooner86
Gooner86

Would be much easier to swallow this nonsense if it wasn’t the same nonsense we have heard for years. It takes time and we are building for the future, suffer now if you like for a better tomorrow kind of Bollocks. Yeah, same thing the club said when we lost our best players and bought crap for the last 10 years. I begrudgingly renewed my membership but I too won’t buy any shirts or add another pound to this joke of a club. We are a laughing stock and they expect us to put up with it? They are business men, and anyone in business knows complacency is a threat to success in the modern world – we as a club and as fans fell into this complacent ‘tomorrow will be better, we are a big club after all’ mindset and it is just another bump in the long road toward mediocracy, which we have already somewhat arrived at, if everyone hadn’t already painfully realised it. They should just admit we are no longer financially competitive and that means that we are no longer a big club, as such they should charge what mid table teams charge to be part of the club as a fan, seeing as they have a set up for players much like that of your mid table teams now. Sick to the back teeth of this Club. I still see Giroud saying thank you arsenal, sadly I don’t blame him for taking the piss – now he’s at Chelsea he probably realised what a joke we are.

Des
Des

Simple just buy some fricking players with quality.