Stan Kroenke must stop being used as a scapegoat for Arsenal’s disappointing season.
Yes, the American is at fault for many reasons, however his lack of desire for trophies should not cast a shadow over many of the players’ poor form and a manager who is tactically inept at times.
The Arsenal owner is the subject of criticism for many things. Regarding his ownership of Arsenal Football Club he recently said he did not takeover Arsenal to win trophies by telling the Evening Standard, “if you want to win Championships then you would never get involved.”
These comments alone lack ambition in every dimension and it creates a negative atmosphere of mediocrity channelling through the club; therefore he must go. If only it was that easy. Almost everyone is on the same wave length regarding the board of directors – a lot of supporters want them gone as they have no relation with the Arsenal fans and treat them like customers rather than loyal supporters. With everything going on regarding Kroenke and his comments it may have overshadowed the failure of Arsene Wenger and his players.
Kroenke has no influence on the tactics used by Wenger on match days. Arsene has to accept criticism for the team’s failure against Manchester United and Swansea for example, rather than laying the blame elsewhere such as on the fans. Arsenal were their typical selves – they were very predictable, slow on the attack and caught out of position for counter-attacks.
Kroenke is not responsible for coaching the team and motivating the players. Numerous players this season have failed to live up to expectation, such as Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who have all drastically under-performed.
Something that has been massively discussed recently is the mentality of the players at the business end of the season. The team always seems to bottle it in pressure situations – this is something that has went on for years and is not just a one off. Yes, the mentality of the owner could have some significance regarding this mind-set, but this writer feels it is more down to the players’ desire and the manager’s impact on the players during training sessions and team talks.
All that is being said here is that Kroenke is more than due ample blame for a lot of things, however let’s not forget the failure of Wenger and his players, regardless of Kroenke’s position. Realistically, Arsenal could end the season without a trophy and finish behind Leicester and Tottenham. Therefore, questions have to be asked of the manager, regardless of sentiment.