A protest against Arsenal’s KSE ownership will take place on Sunday as various supporters groups use the occasion of fans returning to the Emirates to amplify their anger at the way the club is being run and football is being governed.
10,000 fans will be allowed into the stadium for Arsenal’s final home game of the season against Brighton – the largest crowd to partake in a home matchday since March last year – and many are expected to make their voices heard before, during and after the occasion.
The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust (AST) emailed its members last night to outline how they will facilitate the protests and why they are calling for change.
The four-point manifesto, which can be read in full here, calls for supporters to have the right to buy shares in the club, a greater say for supporters in how the club is run, supporter representation on the board and direct engagement from the club’s owners and board with supporters.
The AST also welcomes the government’s fan-led review of football ownership which is set to assess:
- Existing scrutiny of club finances and administrative reporting
- Financial flows through the whole football pyramid
- Geographical, historical and identity protections for clubs
- Club interests and league systems and how these interact within the pyramid
In addition to using the hashtags #KroenkeOut #FansIn on social media, the AST will also be outside the stadium handing out banners and t-shirts for ticket-holders.
If you’re heading to the Emirates to take part, you’re urged to make your voices heard loud and clear but to do so peacefully and with respect to the stewards and police in attendance.
If you’re lucky enough to be one of the 10,000 ticket-holders, we hope the team gets your full backing.
Who knows, we might just have St Totteringham’s Day to celebrate.
At his press conference this morning, ahead of Sunday’s final game of the season against Brighton, Mikel Arteta was asked about KSE rejecting the reported bid from Daniel Ek, and whether this meant he could just focus on the work that lies ahead this summer.
“I hope so,” said the manager.
“I think it’s very clear where the owners are standing, I’ve been clear to give my own view on the situation.
“And just for the benefit of the club, which I think is the only interest that everybody supports should be aiming for, is to get the unity and togetherness than we need to be back where we want.