Arsenal director Josh Kroenke admits fans' criticism hurts

Arsenal fans fume as owner pays $2.6 billion for his American football side’s new stadium

Arsenal fans fume as owner pays $2.6 billion for his American football side’s new stadium

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.

Kroenke said he is confident in the "significant changes" in the last 18 months - like the addition of a first-ever technical director in former midfielder Edu - to lay the foundations to allow the club to achieve their goal of eventually winning silverware again.

The 39-year-old, who was in attendance on Monday night as Arsenal kicked off their pre-season campaign with a 3-0 win against Colorado Rapids in Denver, said: "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 I pen this on behalf of myself, my father, my family and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. 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.

"As Arsenal fans we have watched with frustration as the team's football performances have declined over the past decade", the statement began.

"Our club feels like an investment vehicle, personified by the owner's statement that he didn't buy Arsenal to win trophies".

"From our coaching staff to our management, there have been significant changes that have gone on and I'm really excited to let those foundations continue to grow and take shape to build a successful future for Arsenal". I felt the same way. There are some people who are also pretty pissed off that we had dropped that last match.

Josh Kroenke, son of the Arsenal owner, addressed the issues raised during the club's tour of the United States, and also later released an open letter to all Gunners fans calling for unity. "That resolve should serve us well". There are a few things that I know our group are working on, and a few things we hopefully have on the doorstep. "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".

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.

"I think there's always going to be challenges in everything we do as a club, whether we're having the ultimate success on the pitch or not". It's no secret that we have a Champions League wage bill on a Europa League budget right now.

"We know we have some of the most passionate fans in any sport, anywhere in the world". There's multiple statements to say how to skin that cat. "And not only will we bring them to the club, we'll be able to retain them in the fold going forward".