A group of influential Arsenal supporters’ organisations, fanzines and blogs have joined forces to call for better leadership of the club and have hit out at Stan Kroenke’s “passive ownership”.

A total of 16 signatories, including the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, published a statement on Monday demanding change as the Gunners prepare for a third successive season without Champions League football.

Under a hashtag “#WeCareDoYou”, it highlighted a number of issues including the “soulless” atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium and a lack of transfer strategy.

“As Arsenal fans we have watched with frustration as the team’s football performances have declined over the past decade,” the statement began.

“When Stan Kroenke began buying Arsenal shares the club had just competed in a first Champions League final. Twelve years on, Arsenal are about to play in the Europa League for the third year running.”

Kroenke began investing in the club in 2007 and through his company, Kroenke Sports Enterprises (KSE), he continued to increase his stake until he eventually took full ownership of the club in 2018.

“Off the pitch, fans have never felt more marginalised, less listened to or valued,” the joint statement said.

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