Arsenal FC have only a slim chance of participating in the European Cup next season. On the 33rd matchday of the Premier League, the Gunners lost against Everton with 0: 1 (0: 0). The game was overshadowed by fan protests against club owner Stan Kroenke.
The week before, Kroenke had agreed to plans for a European Super League and signed a contract with eleven other top clubs in Europe. After clear fan protests, the Big Six from the Premier League (Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham) withdrew from the project.
Kroenke apologized to Arsenal fans for going it alone. However, that hardly seems to have met with any approval. Before the game against Everton, hundreds of fans gathered in front of the Emirates Stadium in London and demanded the resignation of the 73-year-old US billionaire.
Kroenke has been a co-owner since 2011 and the sole owner of the Gunners since 2018. In addition to Arsenal, the Los Angeles Rams (NFL), the Colorado Avalanche (NHL) and the Denver Nuggets (NBA) also belong to the Kroenke empire. Arsenal fans have been criticizing Kroenke’s reluctance to donate to the Gunners for a number of years. The Super League chaos apparently broke the barrel.
Inside the stadium, Arsenal lost for the 13th time this season. Thanks to an own goal from DFB keeper Bernd Leno, who hit the ball into the goal after a sharp cross in the 76th minute, Everton passed the Gunners to eighth place. Arsenal are now nine points behind fifth place, which is decisive for the Europa League, and currently is West Ham United. West Ham also has one more game to play.