Fans of Arsenal FC gathered on Friday evening, April 23, to demand American businessman and team owner Stan Kroenke sell the team during continued unrest among soccer fans after the fallout of the European Super League (ESL).
Fans upset by the Kroenkes’ decision to sign Arsenal up for the ESL voiced their dislike with signs, flares, and chants outside Emirates Stadium in London on Friday. Footage shows fans at the arena ahead of Arsenal’s match against Everton, the first match since Arsenal pulled out of the ESL just two days after it announced it had joined.
Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham said in a Zoom meeting with team supporters on Thursday that joining the ESL was a “mistake” and apologized to fans. Football London said it was suggested during the meeting that Kroenke Sports & Entertainment sell the team amid ESL backlash.
Team director Josh Kroenke – present at the meeting with his father, Stan – said his family had “no intention of selling” the team. Credit: @pmclaren94 via Storyful