Arsenal fan websites in the United States are playing a pivotal role in a protest campaign against the club's owners as a petition demanding change surpassed 100,000 signatures on Thursday, three days after launching. Sixteen supporters' groups, three from the US, came together to launch the #WeCareDoYou campaign in response to "poor leadership" from owner Stan Kroenke and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE), declaring the Premier League club to be in need of "meaningful action" to "reinvigorate" it. Supporters said they are unhappy with the fact that Arsenal face a third successive season in the Europa League, believe the atmosphere at their Emirates Stadium to be "soulless" and feel "marginalized" by the club's owners. Arsenal director Josh Kroenke, son of Stan, responded with an open letter "respectfully disagreeing" with the fans' view of where the club is at and insisting he, his father and the club "want to win". This response did little to quash the unrest with … [Read more...] about US fans at heart of growing Arsenal fan protests
By Peter Hall BAKU (Reuters) – An Arsenal fan was stopped by Azerbaijani police searching for supporters bearing the name of Henrikh Mkhitaryan on their shirts or flags ahead of the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku on Wednesday. Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Mkhitaryan did not travel to Azerbaijan over fears for his safety due to the ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Andrew Simes is a 37-year-old Arsenal fan who has travelled to Baku for the match. “I was just passing through security and I speak a bit of Turkish, which is close enough to Azeri, and I could hear the policeman say ‘look under the flag, look on his back’,” Simes told Reuters. “They pulled up my flag to see if it said Mkhitaryan on the back, and two or three times it has happened to me since I have been here. They thought I was trying to cover up a name with the flag.” Television footage emerged on Tuesday of two Arsenal fans with Mkhitaryan on … [Read more...] about Arsenal fan stopped by police searching for Mkhitaryan’s name
Viet Nam News by Paul Kennedy As 2019 begins football fans everywhere will be making New Year resolutions, but what are the most important things for your teams this year? Here we take a look at some resolutions that may be getting made for the next 12 months for those fighting for the top spots in the English Premier League. Liverpool Since the dawn of time, or rather the dawn of the Premier League, Liverpool supporters have craved the country’s top prize. This year is the best chance of all. Sure, they have been top at Christmas before and not finished first, but there’s a feeling around Anfield that 2019 could finally be Liverpool’s year. Supporters will be hoping for more of the same in the second half of the season but above all, they would want to make sure key players, namely Virgil van Dijk and Mohammed Salah, stay fit. Can Liverpool finally break their Premier League hoodoo? It’s certainly looking that way for Jurgen Klopp’s boys. Tottenham … [Read more...] about As 2019 begins what resolutions are fans making right now?
Viet Nam News Football LONDON — Tottenham marched into the League Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win at bitter rivals Arsenal, but the north London derby was overshadowed as Dele Alli was hit by a bottle thrown from the crowd. South Korea forward Son Heung-Min put Tottenham ahead in the first half of a fiery quarter-final clash. Alli increased Tottenham’s advantage after half-time as they won at the Emirates Stadium for the first time in 10 visits dating back to 2010. The England midfielder’s decisive contribution provoked a disgraceful reaction from an Arsenal fan, who threw a plastic bottle that cracked Alli on the back of the head in the 73rd minute. Alli rubbed his head but appeared unharmed as he responded by gesturing towards the Arsenal fans to indicate the scoreline. "It is what it is. It made the goal even sweeter, and the win," Alli said with a smile. "We knew how important it was today, a big test. It was a strong performance in the end." There also … [Read more...] about Alli hit by bottle as Spurs knock Arsenal out of League Cup
PUBLISHED: 15:40 18 December 2018 | UPDATED: 16:56 18 December 2018 Averof Panteli. Photo: Thomas Hornall/PA Wire A Tottenham Hotspur fan from Norwich has been handed a four year football banning order after throwing a banana skin at a black Arsenal footballer in a “targeted gesture” with a “racial element”. Averof Panteli admitted hurling the item on to the pitch at the Emirates Stadium after Arsenal’s Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored against his side and celebrated in front of Spurs’ travelling support earlier this month.The van driver, 57, said he picked up and threw the discarded skin in a “spur of the moment” action but strongly denied there was any racist intent, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday.After being identified in CCTV images and detained by a steward Panteli said “it wasn’t a racial thing it just happened”, the court heard.Magistrate Mervyn Mandell said: “We … [Read more...] about Norwich man banned from football after throwing banana skin at black Arsenal player in ‘racial gesture’