Arsenal legend: Fan fury growing and growing to a crescendo

Joe Williams

Arsenal legend Alan Smith believes that Stan Kroenke’s lack of engagement in the club is “creating instability”.

Some Gunners fans have become bemused at the American majority shareholder’s apparent lack of passion for the club after last being seen at an Arsenal home fixture in September 2016.

October’s Annual General Meeting went badly as Kroenke didn’t address fellow shareholders, while Sir Chips Keswick – the club chairman – said that frustrated fans should read an article in a national newspaper to get the opinion of Kroenke.

And Smith thinks the “instability” around Arsenal could lead to an even bigger rebellion from the supporters.

“There’s a lack of strong leadership at the top of Arsenal,” Smith told the Evening Standard. “Stan Kroenke isn’t that engaged, not conversant with English football. He’s not passionate about the sport, as much as he might try to make you think he is. That’s creating instability around the club.

“[The AGM] was unfortunate to say the least. I was surprised at the way Sir Chips Keswick behaved. Those fans deserve to be treated with respect and their questions listened to and answered. It didn’t do the club any favours.

“Arsenal have always had an Old Etonian ethos in the boardroom but during my time at the club there was never that kind of rebellion from the fans. There were times when they were unhappy but this is different. It’s growing and growing to a crescendo.”