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Thousands of ARSENAL fans marched to the Emirates Stadium ahead of their Premier League game against Everton to protest the club’s owners.
The relationship between fan and owner Stan Kroenke has been for the past few years tumultuous, but made even worse when Arsenal announced on Sunday that they had signed up as one of the founding members of a breakaway European Super League.
The ill-will towards the new competition was so great that the Gunners – as did the other Premier League teams Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – withdrew from plans just two days later.
However, the original decision only tightened supporters’ call to call von Kroenke for sale, and they rallied outside the Emirates to demand changes.
The fans gathered before the game against Everton.
A portrait of Kroenke hung on a lamp post as supporters shed torches and held anti-Kroenke banners – he sang for his distance and also sang songs that were normally heard in the stands.A protester had to be carried away on a stretcher after falling from a rooftop over the box office and cutting his face, but there appeared to be no more casualties as a heavy police presence kept fans quiet – but there was nothing they could do to prevent it that the hordes did not hold on to social distancing measures.
Some supporters planned to block the arrival of the team buses, but the PA news agency knows that the Arsenal players arrived earlier than normal and the Everton squad crossed a bridge on the on the opposite side of the stadium.
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The protests continued as the teams in the ground were announced. Manager Mikel Arteta insisted that on the eve of the game he would prevent his players from being distracted by a historic week.
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