Sports Kroenke says '100% committed' to Arsenal, won't sell club
Opinion: US owners find American-style greed doesn't play well in European soccer
Two days after it was announced, the 12-team Super League is collapsing after several clubs announced they are withdrawing.It’s one thing to be greedy. It’s quite another to be so blatantly obvious about it.
LONDON — Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke said Tuesday he is “100% committed” to the Premier League club and will not be selling it, amid interest from the founder of music streaming service Spotify.
Arsenal fans have called for Kroenke to leave after he was one of the instigators of the ill-fated European Super League project.
Daniel Ek, the Swedish businessman who founded Spotify and is an Arsenal supporter, has said on Twitter he would be “happy to throw my hat in the ring” if Kroenke wanted to sell and reportedly has enlisted the help of former Arsenal players Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira.
Arsenal fans protest against owner for Super League debacle
LONDON — Several hundred Arsenal fans protested outside Emirates Stadium before the English Premier League match against Everton on Friday to call for owner Stan Kroenke to leave the club for joining the Super League. Fans gathered on the stadium's concourse more than two hours before kickoff, banging metal screens above the main box office, lighting flares, setting off fireworks, blaring airhorns and chanting “We want Kroenke out,” and “We want our Arsenal back.” They also hung banners over the edge of the concourse including ones that read, “Arsenal till I die. Kroenke out,” and “Our club our home. Sell up Stan.
“In recent days we have noted media speculation regarding a potential takeover bid for Arsenal Football Club,” read a statement by Stan Kroenke and his son, Josh, on Tuesday.
“We remain 100% committed to Arsenal and are not selling any stake in the club. We have not received any offer and we will not entertain any offer.”
The Kroenkes said their ambition “remains to compete to win the biggest trophies in the game.”
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“Our focus remains on improving our competitiveness on the pitch to achieve this,” they said.
Arsenal was one of 12 founding members of the Super League, along with English clubs Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham. All six withdrew their from the league last week, two days after it was officially announced.
More than 1,000 Arsenal fans protested outside Emirates Stadium on Friday, before the Premier League against Everton, calling for Kroenke to quit.
Arsenal is 10th in the 20-team Premier League.
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Villarreal reaches Europa League final; Arsenal eliminated .
LONDON — Unai Emery is heading back to the Europa League final — at the expense of the club that fired him last season. Emery's Villarreal held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their semifinal on Thursday, which was enough to secure a 2-1 aggregate win and set up a final against Manchester United on May 26 in Poland. Emery will be looking for his fourth Europa League title after winning three straight with Sevilla and then taking Arsenal to the final two years ago. “Satisfaction, pride, happiness,” Emery said when asked how he was feeling after the match. “We have to go to the final and beat Manchester United.