The former Arsenal director, Lady Bracewell-Smith, who sold her shares to Kroenke, understands the fans’ growing frustration with the club and the board.
Kroenke made one of his rare visits to the Emirates Stadium for the Champions League match against Bayern Munich, and his lack of visibility, especially when the other significant shareholder, Alisher Usmanov, goes to far more games but is denied a place on the board, is a cause of frustration with Arsenal fans.
‘The fans aren’t the only ones who would like the chance to converse with Stan Kroenke. So would I.
‘He’s got what he wants, he doesn’t have to listen, but he doesn’t seem to understand the fans are the heart and soul of a club. We used to be a family club, but that doesn’t seem to be the case any more.’
There is certainly a lack of leadership at the top at Arsenal. Silent Stan never talks and is never here. Gazidis seems more concerned with building his reputation than the club, and under his stewardship, the club has fallen behind its Premier League rivals in growing the commercial side of the club.
And that is the problem I fear with the knee-jerk reaction to changing managers at the end of the season. Replacing Arsene Wenger will not make a lot of difference if the board and Gazidis stay the same