Arsenal chief Josh Kroenke issued a grovelling apology to supporters for the Gunners’ part in the European Super League abomination.
But in an attempt to appease fans at a forum on Thursday afternoon, the son of owner ‘Silent Stan’ insisted that the North London club were not one of the driving forces behind the ESL.
Instead, he declared they had merely jumped on board because they feared missing out.
He and chief executive Vinai Venkatesham did little other than make the club’s leadership appear weak as they declared that Arsenal were “not the authors of this proposal.”
Instead, Venkatesham – who apologised to the club’s players and manager Mikel Arteta in a meeting at London Colney on Wednesday – insisted: “On this project, the train was leaving the station and we made the decision to join.
“We made a bad decision, a terrible one.”
The club issued a full apology to supporters on the back of the Super League collapse on Wednesday amid widespread fan anger.
But that was signed ‘The Arsenal Board’ and fans have been desperate for either absentee owner Stan or his son, to show some kind of initiative with a response amid the fury.
Josh Kroenke, whose presence at the Emirates has grown in the last 18 months, subsequently fronted up, joining what became a heated call with the supporters’ groups.
“Leadership is about recognising when you are wrong, correcting and apologising,” said Kroenke.
“We asked ourselves, what is worse: European Super League, or European Super League without Arsenal?
“We also asked ourselves what do the fans want? The global fan wants Arsenal vs Barcelona as often as possible. English fans want to see more big matches, but you still want your cold nights in Stoke.
“We got it wrong.
“It was never our intention to harm English football.
“We can talk FFP, about racism, but for football pyramid stability we need to ensure we are maximising revenue, but we went about it the wrong way on this occasion.”
Kroenke certainly didn’t get off lightly and was notably rebuked by Arsenal Supporters’ Trust member Akhil Vyas who pointedly declared: “Do you not understand English football?
“You do not interact with fans, you have no clue.
“English football is clearly not for you, you should leave.”
Kroenke also confirmed the club would have to pay a fine for leaving the Super League.
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