The Gunners, along with the five other English clubs have removed themselves from the competition, but attention now turns to the owners.
Football prevailed. The fans have won and have stopped the greed merchants that were hellbent on the making of the European Super League.
The revolt from the fans and players has been extraordinary and rightly so. But the fact that the clubs have turned their back on the league is not enough for fans. Now the owners are in the firing line. They are the people who pushed the agenda to put more money in their own pockets at the expense of the other clubs and fans.
We have seen executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward step down from his post at Manchester United and several others should follow suit. Stan Kroenke (Arsenal), John W Henry (Liverpool), Roman Abramovich (Chelsea), Daniel Levy (Spurs), and Sheikh Mansour (Manchester City) are all in the firing line and so they should be.
Chelsea fans were seen stopping the bus carrying the players outside the stadium before their clash with Brighton and Arsenal supporters have planned a protest outside the Emirates Stadium to get “Silent Stan Kroenke” out of the club.
Let’s focus on Arsenal for a minute here. For the last decade we have lived within our means financially, abided by Financial Fair Play yet Kroenke wants more money? When was the last time he was seen facing the media about the lack of funds being made available for signings?
Yet he can mastermind a new stadium for the LA Rams in the NFL yet a club like Arsenal is being made to grovel for money so they can compete in the Premier League. He doesn't care.
The sooner he is out of our club the better and after the antics of the European Super League and the bashing he has copped from fans, supporter groups and club legend Ian Wright, makes his position as owner untenable.
He can’t be allowed to continue in his position. Even if he went out and signed Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe, and Leo Messi and it would not make a difference to us as fans. We all know about his deceit and what he, like the other five owners see fans as. Just a stock. A commodity they have no respect for.
Fans are irrelevant to them but after what has transpired, the power of the club's supporters is now well and truly at the forefront. There have been some thoughts that the English clubs could take a leaf out of Bundesliga clubs book's and be fan-owned. That is not a bad idea but seems unlikely.
Aliko Dangote has made no secret of his desire to take over as Gunners owner for the last decade. Now that his refinery is complete, his attention has now turned to his takeover of Arsenal. With such pressure on Kroenke to relinquish his status as owner of our proud club and his apparent willingness to sell if the right offer comes in, perhaps now is the time for Dangote to cash in.
We as fans were shocked when we learned of Arsenal’s involvement in the European Super League and it was just disgusting. Now that our club has realised their mistake and even said so in their official statement.
A section of their statement from their official site reads:
As a result of listening to you and the wider football community over recent days we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League. We made a mistake, and we apologise for it.
Our aim is always to make the right decisions for this great football club, to protect it for the future and to take us forward. We didn’t make the right decision here, which we fully accept.
At least our club recognised their mistake and owned up to it. The same can't be said for the other owners and clubs. When you read Liverpool’s so-called statement, you get an understanding of the class Arsenal has.
On Liverpool’s official site, their ENTIRE statement read:
Liverpool Football Club can confirm that our involvement in proposed plans to form a European Super League has been discontinued.
In recent days, the club has received representations from various key stakeholders, both internally and externally, and we would like to thank them for their valuable contributions.
For a club of Liverpool’s stature that is as poor as it gets. Their fanbase has labelled the statement as “pathetic and embarrassing” and it is hard to argue. At least Arsenal owned up to their involvement and realised it was a mistake. Nothing of the sort was said from Liverpool, nor the owners of other four clubs. Almost as if there is no remorse for what they have put their OWN fans through in recent days.
Everyone who is involved in football is glad that the European Super League is not going ahead. But now attention turns to the money-hungry, greedy owners and every one of them should leave their positions as owners.
It will be a long fight, but one fans are determined to win.