Merson expresses his fears after Kroenke's takeover: 'I’d be shocked if Arsenal win the title again in my lifetime'
- The ex-Gunner questions Kroenke's ambitions, saying the businessman doesn't want to spend big
Stan Kroenke has taken a full control of the club after buying out Usmanov's shares and now owns over 97% of the stock. Paul says it's not a good sign for the club's future:
“Now that Stan Kroenke is going to be in sole control of Arsenal, I’d be shocked if they win the title again in my lifetime.
“Money talks in this game and Kroenke doesn’t want to spend it, he only wants to make it. Arsene Wenger was only there for the last few years for one reason – to make the club money.
“Why aren’t they doing what Liverpool have done and buying star players? Are Arsenal just a team who want to finish fourth?
“The fans pay big money and they are tired of it. My brother is on the waiting list for a season ticket. This year is the first time the club has called to offer him one. The demand isn’t what it used to be.
When will some of you wake up and realise just what Kroenke is doing, he’s taken out a loan of more than £500m to get 100% control, what money we have will go on repaying that and not on new signings, he’s going to destroy the club we all know and love.— MR DT © (@MrDtAFC) August 7, 2018
“I don’t think it’s a good move, Kroenke taking full control. He’s taking a loan out to do it too, and while it’s not against the club, how’s he going to pay it back? Will it affect transfers?
“The fans are disillusioned. They are paying top dollar to try and finish fourth. There might be more protests now. It all depends on results really.
“If they start getting beaten heavily the fans won’t be happy – and Unai Emery has a tough start with City and Chelsea his first two matches. They like to have a say, Arsenal fans. And that’s being taken away by someone who doesn’t know football because Kroenke only knows about money.”