American billionaire owner Stan Kroenke has come under fire from Arsenal fans, for lack of adventure in the transfer market.
A plane was seen over Villa Park on Tuesday night, shortly after kickoff in a Premier League encounter between Aston Villa and Arsenal, with a banner dangling behind it which read : ‘Back Arteta Kroeber Out.’
The game was played behind closed doors but the display was caught on camera as the game went on below the plane.
The banner was reportedly organised and staged by the group ‘Kroenke Out’ and was funded by a Justgiving page which raised £1,700, according to ESPN.
The Kroenke Out group had declared on Social media (Twitter) that the stunt was going to take place in advance, : ‘Tonight is the night! At kick off you can expect to see ‘BACK ARTETA, KROENKE OUT’ plane fly above Villa Park Stadium for 10-15 minutes. This is 8:15pm. Spread the message #BackArteta #KroenkeOut #BAKO #BackArtetaKroenkeOut.’
Stan Kroenke who is owner of the Arsenal Football club, has been criticised by a number of fans for not investing heavily enough in the playing staff at also in the club.
Fans are disgruntled after another season of struggle outside of the Premier League top four, but the arrival of Mikel Arteta has brought optimism.
A surprising win over Liverpool last week and Manchester City on Saturday night has seen the Gunners book a place in the FA Cup final and there is increasing confidence among the fans that Arteta will be able to build a successful side next season, if giving the fund required.
Arteta is likely to need investment in the playing squad, especially as some players are expected to leave and will need to be replaced in other to be able to contest for the top four finish next season.
The economic uncertainty of the coronavirus crisis has made cash flow even tighter at Arsenal and it is unlikely that the Gaffer will be handed much of a war chest in the transfer window.
Arsenal’s worst finish was in 1995 when they finished 12th place in the league, and it looks like they are heading towards that direction now, the 1-0 defeat by relegation fighting team, Aston Villa left the Gunners in 10th place.
However, Arteta in a press conference after the game said. he has the full support from the Kronekes.
“I ahave full support from the Kroenkes, from the board and from the sporting director.
“We are putting a very strong plan together to try to do as much as we can in the shortest period. At the end of the day the league table doesn’t lie and we know the gap we have to fill in. We are on board trying to do everything together.” He concluded.