A letter sent to Arsenal’s board has been doing the rounds online as supporters’ groups, bloggers and publications signed a plea to the Gunners hierarchy, putting pressure on owner Stan Kroenke to improve the state of the club.
Plenty of fans have got involved in adding to the initial signatories of the letter, which highlights the feeling of marginalisation between the ownership and the supporters, while also opposing the potential creation of a European Super League.
Fans have been reacting to the release, headed by the hashtag #WeCareDoYou, which was trending in the United Kingdom throughout Monday. An accompanying petition had reached 30,000 signatures by yesterday afternoon.
But despite the action from organisations and fans, there was a split amongst the fanbase that highlighted the desire for things to be better at Arsenal, and displayed scepticism over the effect the appeal to the club’s board will have in the long run.
With the club facing a third successive year in the Europa League, it is hoped that this fan-led plea to overturn the ‘[decline] over the past decade’ will lead to some sort of change – though not everyone remains convinced:
I love Arsenal as much as everyone involved with this. But the sad truth is Kroenke doesn’t care. You’re standing in a desert shouting at thin air.
— Si Hawkes (@SiHawkes) July 15, 2019
A big well done to all involved, we should have done this a couple of seasons ago but better late than never..
Why are @AFTVMedia not involved in this?
Surely with their platform they should be leading this.
— Sajid (@sajidb786) July 15, 2019
Have to say I have asked a number of these influential and high profile fans to do something like this for a number of years. Very very happy indeed to see such united action being taken by folks who really care. Well done. Brilliant.
— The Fishpie Gooner (@FishpieGooner) July 15, 2019
— Theirishgooner (@Theirishgooner1) July 15, 2019
— Paul Samuels (@PaulSamuels1978) July 15, 2019
Sadly, Kroenke doesn’t care what fans think. Never did, never will. Futile attempt by fans to try and be relevant.
Most likely he will never even read this
— It’s Always Eboue (@ArsenalANewDawn) July 15, 2019
Absolutely spot on. Hopefully he will take this on board and change the club for the better. However, I cant see things changing and the only option is for him to sell up and leave. He could have created a legacy but instead he will leave in ruins. #wecaredoyou #kroenkeout #afc
Won’t change a thing your all wasting your time
— Daz (@Daz33394734) July 15, 2019