The Arsenal owner has made a jaw-dropping purchase in his homeland which has left transfer-starved Arsenal fans fuming.
If Louis van Gaal is sick of hearing “attack, attack, attack” at every home game, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is accustomed to hearing “spend, spend, spend” at every transfer window.
Stan Kronke, the largest shareholder in the club, has finally dug deep and reportedly spent a cool $725m. Unfortunately for the Gunners faithful, it wasn’t spent on recruiting Messi, Neymar and Suarez. Instead, the investment went on a Texas ranch worth roughly £500m.
The 800 square miles WT Waggoner ranch represents “an incredible opportunity and an even greater responsibility,” the billionaire said in a statement. “We are honored to assume ownership of the Waggoner—a true Texas and American landmark.”
Arsenal supporters were up in arms, including infamous Gunners fan and perennial piss-boiler Piers Morgan.
Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke just bought a $750 million ranch. So THAT'S where all the transfer window money went. #afc
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 9, 2016
Stan Kroenke is happy as long as Arsenal keep turning over a profit. Spend as little doing so. Investing & winning things isn't his priority
— Memz Dogi Ⓜ️ (@Memz_Dogi) February 10, 2016
Arsenal moneybags Stan Kroenke has paid $800m for a Texas ranch. Couldn't he use his spare change to get the club a holding midfielder?
— Steve Riches (@riches_steve) February 10, 2016
Whenever we fail, people blame Wenger. He managed to keep our club close to the top while Kroenke used it to collect money to buy a farm.
— Mateusz (@afc_Mat) February 10, 2016
@GKhobane Stan Kroenke bought a farm in Texas for £500m. And we only signed El Neny in the Jan window
— Mosito (@Abu_Bokang) February 10, 2016
Stan Kroenke is a poison. Pretty much every non-LA area fan of his teams hates him. He's arguably the worst owner in sports
— Rubiobot (@grobot05) February 10, 2016
Kroenke’s move has PR-wise gone down about as well as the Fenway Group’s plan to hike some Liverpool ticket prices to £77.