Arsenal pressure group issue another statement aimed at the board

Arsenal pressure group #wecaredoyou calling on the board to act.

Arsenal hasn’t been pulling in the right direction for a while now and it is clear to see that everyone at the club is not happy.

Fans have been vocal about their displeasure at the team’s performance so far. Unai Emery has borne the brunt of the fan’s frustration so far, but they may have to consider the club’s owners’ ambitions and plans.

Stan Kroenke has also been protested against by the fans recently. The owners’ lack of spending in the transfer market has kept the club below their rivals.

While the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool are investing huge sums of money on defenders, Arsenal had to sign David Luiz from Chelsea.

In all fairness, the club invested some money in the summer when they brought in the likes of Nicolas Pepe and Kieran Tierney, however, the overall direction of the club hasn’t been like that of a team chasing a Champions League spot.

This is the latest statement from #wecaredoyou and it should be noted there is not a long list of signatories from Arsenal blogs and groups as there was in the summer:

In July we issued a statement from a number of key Arsenal groups outlining our concerns at the direction of our football club. A supporting petition was signed by over 100,000 individual Arsenal fans who not only felt a disconnect from the club but also had grave concerns about our future.

Since then we have been told to ‘get excited’ and to support the team. As Arsenal supporters we have done both.

There exist many issues raised in our first statement that remain unaddressed by the club. While these matters have not gone away, it is the overall alarming and desperate state of things on and off the pitch that need urgent action and take precedence amongst our concerns. Until the club and especially the senior management structure is running efficiently, effectively and ambitiously, then few other issues can or will be satisfactorily resolved.

The early optimism of summer, around what appeared to be good business and positive signings, has given way to renewed concerns about the club’s overall direction and the leadership of the owner. It feels like the club is rudderless and floating aimlessly, unsure of its destination.

It appears that reported unrest in the dressing room is affecting performances on the pitch and the board’s clearly stated target of a top four finish at season end looks in serious danger with barely a third of the season played.

We spoke about never feeling less valued and this has continued with an astounding lack of communication from the club. We understand it is the Arsenal way to deal with issues internally but the current communication vehicle – the drip feed and leaks to certain journalists – is unacceptable and unsatisfactory.

Communications on the whole have been dealt with poorly, and the tactics used only add to the confusion, uncertainty and unrest among the fanbase – which in turn is motivating Arsenal’s opponents, who can clearly see we’re in trouble.

As documented in our initial statement, Stan Kroenke made his ambitions for the club clear:

“KSE’s ambitions for the club are to see it competing consistently to win the Premier League and the Champions League”.

We still see no evidence of this and current form would suggest that the club is moving ever further from these goals.

We raised previously the need for new and dynamic appointments at board level; people with Arsenal DNA are needed at this time more than ever. Sadly, the club’s reaction to this recommendation has been an unresponsive dismissal of it. Can we assume you are still satisfied that the right people are in the right positions, as Vinai Venkatesham suggested they were at July’s end of season supporters’ event? Again, the evidence so far this season implies an intrinsic lack of understanding, ambition, appetite and ability to take the club forward.

Following our statement in the summer, Josh Kroenke made an announcement implying that an ambitious KSE had arrived to save the day and secure the club’s future. The fact is that KSE acquired a controlling share of Arsenal in 2011 and had significant influence prior to that.

The last decade, notwithstanding the FA Cup wins, can legitimately be seen as lost years both on and off the field, when the team has not only stagnated but actually regressed. To date that is the legacy of the ‘Kroenke years’.

While the club’s away support continues to be magnificent, home crowds are starting to deplete and this situation will be further compounded by what will soon become a toxic atmosphere, if the current turmoil and lack of true leadership at the club continues to translate into poor performances on the pitch.

We want clear acknowledgement that the board recognises the issues faced by the club, and how severe these are for the future of The Arsenal. As supporters we want actual communication and measurable assurances from the board that actions are in place to address this seemingly inexorable slide.

As many great managers and players have said over the years, everyone involved with The Arsenal must:

“Remember who you are, what you are and who you represent”.

17 Comments

  1. Innit says:

    I wonder how Emery won 3 Europe Leagues in a row. That’s quite impressive

    Because his tactical efforts this season has been quite bad.

    1. Joe says:

      Innit, I’m convinced it’s one of those times when things just don’t go your way and you should just ride the storm

    2. Mohamed Aziz says:

      Not by his tactics the players at sevilla had in them to win not Emery what did he win after that anywhere he went goodebening

  2. Kilonzo says:

    many wonder how Emery’s impressive Europa League haul was managed at Sevilla.But many failed to question his league position at the campaign.He underperformed in LaLiga and even at champions league his team was always beaten and didn’t go even further.

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      I would argue that his La Liga record isn’t all that bad. Maybe not great at Seville, but three European trophies in a row is more than enough of an acceptable trade off. At Valencia, I think it was 5th or 6th in his first season, but then three 3rd place finishes in row, only behind Barcelona, and Real. And that was with around half a billion of debt, and having to constantly sell his best players. At his other clubs in Spain, he overachieved given the meager budgets he was working with.

      I will admit he has been horrific at Arsenal though.

      1. SAGooner says:

        Jaaa, but at least the players could understand him….. 😁😁

        1. Ackshay says:

          I wonder if the players even understand what he wants them to do. I read he has fired the translator he used last season. We can hardly understand his simple interview now imagine him given throughly researched tactical complex instruction.

          Maybe he is one of those good coach who are not meant to be at big club and thrive as an underdog.

  3. Splendid says:

    I was expecting a clear demand as regards the position of the coach.

  4. Efe says:

    Let him go and Fredie to take over for the rest of the season

  5. Grandad says:

    The suggestion that Arsenal had to sign David Luis is not the case.Our Management chose to buy Luis despite the fact that he was surplus to the requirements of Chelsea and clearly way past his best.So now in Luis,Socratis and Mustafi we have three sub standard centre backs who have contributed to our “defense” becoming the laughing stock of the PL.When will our “Management” ever learn?As far as a replacement for Emery is concerned, the clamour for a “winner” is not essential , after all Emery has won a number of trophies and has proved to be a disappointment to say the least whilst Frank Lampard,who is a young Manager who has yet to win has his Chelsea team playing a very attractive brand of football and will almost certainly make the top four this season.

  6. Break-on-through says:

    We’re 8pts off the top four, holy crap, I remember we’d fall 8pts off the league leaders and we’d be all blowing up. I think you’re right Bob, the times have changed.

  7. Omar says:

    Post Southampton Match, Unai Emery; “My job is to work, analyse and find solutions for how we can improve”
    Is Unai Emery Serious? What after 17 Months ! This is the same that Emery states post every Match.

    One major failings of Emery has been his insistence in “Playing from the Back” regardless, remember the difficulties that Petr Cech encountered. This “Playing from the Back” has cost Arsenal just this Season alone “10 Points !” So in reality Arsenal could be with 28 points and in “joint 4th position” with Manchester City.

    Watford and Southampton both at both of league had 35 & 21 shots at Arsenal goal respectively ! Arsenal Only had 11 shots at Southampton ! This would never have happened even under Arsene Wenger.Remeber even when Man Utd was riding high, Arsenal under Wenger had 37 shots against Man Utd goal with Sanchez, Ramsey and Ozil. There was no “Play from the Back” It was play ball long and quick one touch passing forwards .Not sideways and backwards and or dithering with ball at feet and get crowded out

    José Mourinho took over Spurs and instructions to players agains first Match ; “Play long and play in West Ham’s half and keep possession” Won 2 – 3.

    Now the Players at Arsenal must take the “bull by the horns”; AUBAMEYANG, LACAZETTE, PEPE, MARTINELLI, GUENDOUZI, TORREIRA, TIERNEY, BALLERIN, AND LENO MUST INSIST ON A MEETING WITH JOSH KROENKE, VIAI VENKATESHAM, RAUL SANLLEHI AND EDU AND READ THEM THE “RIOT ACT”;

    UNDER THE TERMS OF THE PLAYER CONTRACTS AND CONTRACTUAL LAW; ARSENAL FOOTBALL CLUB AND ITS BOARD(AFC) WHOM YOU REPRESENT ARE IN BREACH;

    YOU ARE IN BREACH OF;
    a) Non Compliance.
    b) Defective Performance.
    c) Non Performance.

    AS YOU (AFC) HAVE NOT PROVIDED US THE PLAYERS WITH A COMPETENT “HEAD COACH” AND THIS IS PREVENTING/HANDICAPPING THE PLAYERS PROGRESS AND YOU (AFC) KNOWINGLY , WITH THESE FACTS WITHIN YOUR KNOWLEDGE ARE NOT ADDRESSING IT .
    WE THE PLAYERS ARE PUTING YOU(AFC) ON NOTICE THAT IF YOU(AFC) FAIL TO SACK UNAI EMERY FORTHWITH AND SUPPLY US THE PLAYERS WITH A COMPETENT “HEAD COACH” THEN WE THE PLAYERS WILL LEAVE AT THE FIRST AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITY.

  8. Bryan says:

    The fact Emery is still here proves that this club has no ambition whatsoever. I guess I don’t have time to watch any of Arsenal games anymore can’t keep associating with losers it’s not good for my mental health.

    1. Patrick_G says:

      It’s like we cant be fans anymore, we need to stress about everything. Because we have non football owners and board that cant make decisions for whats good for the club. No wonder players left us year after year.

      Good luck Bryan, I guess a person can only take so much. And us fans have taken a lot.

      This is not the Arsenal we know. its a shame. NO fan is to blame for this mess. this problem started since we moved to the Emirates and sold to Kroenke. Us fans are the only innocent victims of a fraudulent scheme set out by the club.

  9. Patrick_G says:

    What a loser club…………………. I’m done with this club now,

    I’m not associated with this arsenal anymore…..I’m a Highbury boy, I’m a fan of the real Arsenal.

    So disappointing…..

  10. Patrick_G says:

    Admin….. my post was in this article…… my two mentioned above is still here. So someone deleted it because the truth was mentioned about people being against AFTV.

    So I guess someone tried to silence a fan on this platform.

    Goodbye, I don’t need this platform.

    1. Admin Martin says:

      I have checked and you have just ONE article that was deleted. The reason is simple, you used FOUL LANGUAGE. You are not welcome on here if you can not debate without resorting to the gutter to get your point across. You say goodbye, you don’t need this platform. Please be true to your word. But if you change your mind then abide by the rules. It really is not rocket science and it is just decent manners.

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