Ex-Chelsea midfielder destroys Kroenke and Gazidis on TV
- ESPN pundit Craig Burley accuses Arsenal chiefs of lying to the fans when they promised that it will take two years to compete with the best teams on the transfer market.
- He describes the situation at Arsenal as a 'mess' which new manager Unai Emery has to work with.
- Burley claims it would have been better to stay at the Highbury and save money to buy players.
Ex-Chelsea midfielder and ESON pundit Craig Burley slammed Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke and ex-Gunners CEO Ivan Gazidis amid news of Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat being set to leave the Emirates. Mislintat spent only a year at Arsenal and helped the club by bringing in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
"This is a mess," Burley said on ESPN. "Stan Kroenke and this board and Ivan Gazidis before who was part of it, the whole lot of them have sold these Arsenal fans down the river with this ‘wait until we move to the new stadium and wait until we pay for it’ and the old Gazidis comment ‘we will be competing with the best teams in the world in the transfer market in two years time’.
"That was about three or four years ago. And now we have the mess of the technical people behind, with a change of management, which was too late by the way, and we’ve got a guy in Unai Emery who’s clearly a good manager.
"I’ve got no criticism for him at the moment because he’s only getting his feet in the door, into the house and what he’s finding is a mess. He’s got ownership that never show their face and don’t really want to put their hand in their pocket.
"And the supporters have sat back, they’ve taken it for so long. But I’m sorry - ‘we’re moving to the new stadium to compete with the best’ - well you’re not, and it stinks.
"When they go on these unbeaten runs, unfortunately, there are people that get sucked in by these things but don’t see the big picture and look at the playing squad and look at the playing squad and say ‘we can compete’.
"Should have stayed at Highbury, saved some money, a smaller crowd and bought some players. Lovely little stadium that was, loved it. It had an atmosphere as well."
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