Arsenal planning another meeting with fans as anger towards owners continues

Arsenal have called another meeting with the club’s Fans’ Forum on Friday in a bid to improve fan engagement in the wake of the European Super League debacle.

The Gunners were one of six English clubs who announced they would be founding members of the European Super League.

However, within two days of the shocking revelation and multiple announcements, all of the Premier League sides had performed an embarrassing U-turn.

The Gunners held a meeting with its Fans’ Forum two days after they pulled out of the European Super League to explain what chief executive Vinai Venkatesham acknowledged was a “sorry tale”.

And now Peter Hoest, who is vice president of Arsenal Denmark and a member of the Fans' Forum, has confirmed the club will be hosting another Fans’ Forum on Friday.

Hoest tweeted: “Arsenal have invited the Fans' Forum members to a meeting on Friday to "discuss the Club’s plans for future Fan Engagement."

The Fans’ Forum consists of 17 members for the 2020/21 season and has representation from a wide range of demographics and groups.

They hold several meetings a year with members of the Arsenal hierarchy and the April 22 meeting was attended by not only CEO Venkatesham but co-owner Josh Kroenke and eight other Arsenal representatives.

In the April Fans’ Forum, both Venkatesham and Kroenke apologised to supporters for the Super League debacle and attempted to justify the club’s inclusion in the failed plans.

Venkatesham said: “On this project, the train was leaving the station and we made the decision to join.

“We made a bad decision, a terrible one.”

Kroenke went on to explain: “Leadership is about recognising when you are wrong, correcting and apologising.

“We asked ourselves, what is worse: European Super League, or European Super League without Arsenal?

“We also asked ourselves what do the fans want? The global fan wants Arsenal vs Barcelona as often as possible. English fans want to see more big matches, but you still want your cold nights in Stoke.

“We got it wrong. It was never our intention to harm English football.

"We can talk FFP, about racism, but for football pyramid stability we need to ensure we are maximising revenue, but we went about it the wrong way on this occasion."

Kroenke also added: "I am well aware we have never really had trust and what teeny bit of hope there was among a small fan group that KSE would take it forward, I know that has been shredded as well."

And despite the Kroenke family’s hopes that the meeting in the immediate aftermath of the Super League might help de-escalate the supporters’ anger, hundreds of fans have continued to protest outside the Emirates calling for the American owners to sell the club.

Last week Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek said he made a bid for the Gunners, which was believed to be in the region of £1.8billion, but the Arsenal fan stated it was rejected by the Kroenke family.

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