Arsenal legend Wright turns on Kroenke for lack of passion
Former Arsenal striker says Silent Stan does not understand the pain felt by Gunners fans
LEGENDARY Arsenal striker Ian Wright has added his voice to the chorus of dissatisfied supporters who are fed up with current owner Stan Kroenke and who hope there may be some truth in the weekend reports of a £1.5bn Middle Eastern takeover bid.
Following Arsenal's defeat in Sunday's derby against Spurs, Wright has used his column in The Sun to question the American owner's passion for the Gunners. Wright also expresses sympathy for rival shareholder Alisher Usmanov, who has been denied a seat on the board at the Emirates.
The club's former record goal-scorer has become an increasingly vocal critic of Arsene Wenger and Kroenke, known as 'Silent Stan' because of his refusal to talk to the media. Now he suggests that Kroenke does not "feel the pain" that Arsenal fans are currently experiencing.
"Arsenal's majority shareholder needs to start answering some questions and tell everyone what his detailed plans are for the club," says Wright.
"Kroenke has not heard the arguments from fans who pay thousands of pounds watching their side each season. He must listen to the many fans who would like to see Usmanov involved.
"The Middle East consortium are unlikely to be Arsenal fans. But Usmanov comes to games and, like all supporters, is desperate to see Arsenal challenge again."
Wright adds that if Kroenke has turned down the reported offer from Qatar and the UAE, then he should explain why.
The attack is something of a volte face from Wright, who welcomed Kroenke's takeover in 2011 as "excellent news", proclaiming that the American had a "bit of class". But he warned then: "We don't want to keep seeing Arsenal's title challenges crumbling by mid-March."
The fact that they now crumble before Christmas has obviously not impressed him.
Meanwhile, another club legend, Liam Brady has insisted that the fans are still behind Wenger. He told the Daily Mail: "I hope that Arsene is given the resources to spend and have a go at putting us back where we were eight years ago."
Brady, who is Arsenal's youth academy director and played for the club for seven years in the 1970s, added that the French manager still had the backing of the board. ·