Let’s take a look at the color of their money: Stan Kroenke MUST invest in Arsenal’s squad this summer or step aside, according to Martin Keown … but the former defender admits he doesn’t “ necessarily believe ” that they will spend money
- Arsenal are 10th in the Premier League after a terrible league game this season
- Fans expressed their dissatisfaction with their owners in a protest last week
- Stan Kroenke’s son, Josh, insisted that KSE was willing to join their team
- But Martin Keown said he wanted to see “the color of their money” this summer
Martin Keown believes Stan Kroenke should sell Arsenal if he doesn’t want to invest in the club’s players this summer.
The Gunners are 10th in the Premier League and are unlikely to qualify for Europe through the league this season, with inconsistency plaguing Mikel Arteta’s side.
Fans expressed dissatisfaction with their US owners last week with a protest following their involvement and subsequent withdrawal from the controversial European Super League.
Martin Keown thinks Stan Kroenke should sell Arsenal if he doesn’t want to invest this summer
However, Keown said based on past experience, he is not sure they will spend enough
Speaking at a fans forum last week, Stan Kroenke’s son Josh insisted that KSE invest in the squad this summer, which he admitted to being ‘excited’ about, with Spotify owner Daniel Ek preparing a bid to join the club. to buy.
But speaking to BT Sport, former Arsenal defender Keown said money needs to be spent to help the club’s success return, urging owners to show ‘the color of their money’.
‘The Kroenkes have said they are going to spend money. If they don’t, they should step aside, ”Keown said.
‘I don’t necessarily believe them in what they’ve done so far, but they now say it’s a different situation we’re in. Money has to be spent and they have enough.
Arsenal fans protested the US owner last week before losing to Everton
‘They have shown that with what they have spent on shares they have spent £ 1 billion to buy the stock to make the club worth £ 2-3 billion, it is a fantastic investment.
‘They will certainly want to invest in that. Whether we believe them, let’s see, let’s take a look at the color of their money, and if they aren’t willing to do that, step aside because we want success back to the football club. ‘
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta supported the owners, insisting they are ‘fully committed’ to the project.
But Keown insisted that while he didn’t mistrust Arteta’s words, he believes KSE should put their money where their mouth is.
Mikel Arteta supported the owners of Arsenal and said they are fully committed to the project
‘If he [Arteta] sincerely believes … look, he’s in talks with the owners and he’s looking forward to next season and the goals and funds will be available, I have no doubt about that, ” Keown added.
Let’s see what happens, the proof is in the pudding, isn’t it? Put their money where their mouth is and secure the future of the football club, in difficult times it has to be said, but we need spending there. ‘
Kroenke’s ownership has also been questioned due to a reportedly imminent bid from Spotify’s co-owner Daniel Ek to buy Arsenal with a £ 1.8 billion offer.
Arsene Wenger appeared to back Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp – with the former Invincibles backing the offer – but said the best deals are made when no one knows about it.
Daniel Ek, the co-owner of Spotify, plans to buy the club with a £ 1.8 billion offer
And Keown agreed, but insists his former teammates wouldn’t get involved if this wasn’t a serious offer.
“Sure, let’s see if it’s real, I really liked Wenger’s position that we usually don’t hear anything until the last minute when a deal is struck,” he said.
Let’s hope it’s not publicity for him or Spotify, he’s real and the former players who get involved wouldn’t get involved if they didn’t think this was an opportunity, but let’s see what the current owners want To do.’
Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira all support the Swede’s plan