‘Let’s see the colour of their money’: Stan Kroenke MUST invest in Arsenal’s squad this summer or step aside, according to Martin Keown… but former defender admits he does not ‘necessarily believe’ they will spend
- Arsenal sit 10th in the Premier League after a horrible league season this term
- Fans made their discontent at their owners known last week with a protest
- Stan Kroenke’s son Josh insisted KSE are willing to strengthen their squad
- But Martin Keown said he wanted to see ‘the colour of their money’ this summer
Martin Keown believes Stan Kroenke should sell Arsenal if he is not prepared to invest in the club’s playing squad this summer.
The Gunners sit 10th in the Premier League and look unlikely to qualify for Europe through the league this season, with inconsistency plaguing Mikel Arteta’s side.
Fans made their discontent at their American owners known last week with a protest following their involvement and subsequent withdrawal from the controversial European Super League.
Martin Keown believes Stan Kroenke should sell Arsenal if he is not prepared to invest this summer
Keown however said based on past experiences he is not confident they will spend enough
Speaking at a fans’ forum last week, Stan Kroenke’s son Josh insisted KSE would be investing in the squad this summer, which he admitted he was ‘excited’ about, with Spotify owner Daniel Ek preparing a bid to buy the club.
But speaking to BT Sport, former Arsenal defender Keown said money must be spent to help see success return to the club, and urged the owners to show ‘the colour of their money’.
‘The Kroenkes have said they are going to spend money. If they don’t they’ve got to step aside,’ Keown said.
‘I don’t necessarily believe them in what they have done so far but they are saying now it is a different situation that we are in. Money needs to be spent and they have plenty of that.
Arsenal fans protested last week against the American owner before their loss to Everton
‘They have shown that with what they have spent on shares, they spent £1billion to buy the shares to make the club worth £2-3bn, it is a fantastic investment.
‘They are surely going to want to invest in that. Whether we believe them, let’s see, let’s see the colour of their money, and if they are not prepared to do that, then step aside because we want to see success return to the football club.’
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta came out in support of the owners, insisting they are ‘fully committed’ to the project.
But Keown insisted that while he is not suspicious of Arteta’s words, he believes KSE must put their money where their mouth is.
Mikel Arteta backed the Arsenal owners and said they were fully committed to the project
‘If he [Arteta] honestly believes… look he is having conversations with the owners and he is looking ahead to next season and targets and funds will be available, I am not suspicious of that,’ Keown added.
‘Let’s just see what happens, the proof’s in the pudding isn’t it? Put their money where their mouth is and secure the future of the football club, in difficult times it has to be said, but we need expenditure there.’
Kroenke’s ownership has also been in question due to a reportedly imminent bid from Daniel Ek, the co-owner of Spotify, to buy Arsenal with a £1.8bn offer.
Arsene Wenger appeared to offer his support to Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp – with the former Invincibles said to be backing the bid – but said the best deals are done when nobody knows about them.
Daniel Ek, the co-owner of Spotify, is planning to buy the club with a £1.8billion bid
And Keown agreed, but insists his former-team mates would not be getting involved if this was not a serious offer.
‘Of course, let’s see if it is for real, I quite liked Wenger’s stance on it that usually when a deal goes through we hear nothing to the last minute,’ he said.
‘Let us hope it is not publicity for him or for Spotify, he is for real and the former players that are getting involved would not be getting involved if they didn’t think this was an opportunity, but let’s see what the current owners want to do.’
Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira are all supporting the Swede’s plan
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