Arsenal legend David Seaman issues controversial Stan Kroenke defence after ESL failure

Arsenal: Arteta coy when quizzed on European Super League

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Arsenal legend David Seaman has defended Stan Kroenke, believing the American ‘hasn’t done a lot wrong’ since being at the club. Many Gunners fans want the 73-year-old so sell up and go in the wake of their unsuccessful attempt to join a European Super League. But it’s uncertain whether that will happen.

Arsenal announced on Sunday night that they were one of the European Super League’s founding members.

However, after a big fan backlash, the Gunners then performed a u-turn by backing down.

Arsenal fans are far from happy, though, with many of them demanding Kroenke go following the unsuccessful plot to join a breakaway league.

Yet Seaman has defended Kroenke, insisting the Gunners supremo has done well as an owner for the most part.

“It’s hard to say,” he told talkSPORT when asked if the American should leave.

“Before this Super League episode he’s not really done a great deal wrong.

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“Arsenal as a business is run really well. There’s definitely question marks there now but if he goes then what happens? Do they go down the line with Alisher Usmanov or do they get a new owner in? It’s a big statement to say get him out.

“We’ll have to see what happens in the summer. Will Arteta get finances? If he doesn’t then there’s going to be serious questions asked.”

Seaman thinks it’s a big summer for Arsenal, who have endured a problematic campaign so far.

“Arsenal as a business is really good but on the field the results aren’t as good as they should be,” Seaman said.

“It’s going to be an interesting summer for Arsenal because they need players and finances but we’ll see if we get any money to spend on players.

“If we don’t it’s going to be same old, same old. The league doesn’t lie, we’re mid-table.

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“We’ve always been known for being a club that charges the most and at the moment are the fans really getting value for money? For me, they’re not.”

Arteta has revealed he received a direct apology from Kroenke, as well as Vinai Venkatesham, over their ESL plot.

“Yes, starting from Vinai, the ownership and everybody that is involved in the process,” he said.

“All of them with the right intentions to defend the club, and put the club in the best possible position for now and for the future.

“But accepting that the way it’s been handled has had terrible consequences and that it was a mistake.

“I have to really respect that when people have genuine intentions to do the best for this football club but, if it’s not the right thing to do, they can apologise. I think the players, staff and everybody working at the club has to accept that and move on.”

On Kroenke personally, he added: “Yes, absolutely [he apologised].

“Obviously they are the maximum responsible to run the football club. They apologised for disturbing the team, not having the capacity or ability to communicate in a different way earlier and explained the reasons why.

“And they passed on a message to the players. That’s all you can ask for, and I have to accept it.

“I spoke with them yesterday [Wednesday]. As always, every time we need something and every time something is happening, they are straight away ready to act, to give the answers they can and give the support they can.”

Arteta also revealed he wasn’t involved in the planning to join the competition.

“I found out just a little bit before the news was leaked, and then everything was completely out of control and the world reacted in a really unified manner,” said Arteta.

“So not really time to think about it, reflect or evaluate because by the time it was out, a big tsunami came onto it and basically killed it.

“Vinai spoke to me and explained a little bit what was happening just before it was announced. He was very clear and transparent with me.

“I understand the reasons why we could not know. Obviously we were not involved in the decision.”

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