Stan Kroenke won’t be fazed by unhappy supporters, after completing his takeover of Arsenal Football Club this month, as he’s used to it by now.
The Sun Daily write that the new owner is ‘unlikely to be upset’ by anything the Arsenal fanbase throw at him at this point, and to be honest they’re not wrong.
It’s been 11 years now since Kroenke first bought into the club, and even then there was opposition to his involvement. Peter Hill-Wood, chairman at the time, said to the media: “Call me old-fashioned, but we don’t need Kroenke’s money and we don’t want his sort.”
Nonetheless, Kroenke invested his money and stuck around for the next decade anyway.
As the American’s shareholding continued to grow, so did the abuse from Arsenal supporters. It reached the point where you’d be hard pressed to find a fan at the Emirates unwilling to join in with the ‘get out of our club’ chants. Unlike the Wenger Out protests, there was no division in opinion when supporters protested Kroenke.
The 71-year-old’s response to this was simply to keep buying shares until there were no more to buy.
If fan anger didn’t bother Kroenke when he was first investing, or when he had to attend AGMs where shareholders hurled abuse and deliberately made sure everything was as difficult as possible for him, it’s hardly going to bother him now as the sole owner.
Unless a new investor comes along and makes the American a major offer, there’s nothing we can really do at this point, except hope he suddenly has a change of attitude towards the way Arsenal do business.