A meeting was held between the two parties soon after the north Londoners announced their participation in the European Super League. This was following severe backlash from all corners that led to their eventual withdrawal.
And now, as per the Mirror, the club are planning another meeting with the forum to improve fan engagement. This was confirmed by Peter Hoest, a member of the group and vice president of Arsenal Denmark who tweeted the following (via Mirror):
“Arsenal have invited the Fans’ Forum members to a meeting on Friday to discuss the Club’s plans for future Fan Engagement.
The forum consists of 17 members who are spread across various demographics and they meet several times a year. The last such gathering saw the presence of club CEO Vinai Venkatesham and co-owner Josh Kroenke.
Despite the club owners apologizing for the European Super League fiasco, protests have continued outside the Emirates during home games and that is an indication of their frustration.
In the aftermath of the proposed league being announced, a lot of fans took to social media expressing their desire for a change in ownership. That seemed like it was coming to fruition with the interest shown by Spotify owner Daniel Ek.
But after the Kroenke Group rejected the Swede’s bid, it remains to be seen if a change in ownership happens any time soon. Despite this decision, Ek has already stated that he is still interested in taking over the club should an opening arise.
It is good to see the Gunners’ hierarchy understand the need for fan engagement and actively try to do something about it. This sort of communication between both sides is needed for the healthy growth and development of the club.
Friday’s meeting might not placate all the fears and frustrations that the fans have but it is a step in the right direction. The Kroenke’s have a responsibility towards the supporters and the club itself. We might also get an idea of what those in charge have planned for Arsenal next season.
Source: English Premier League – Sportslens.com