Emirates supremo offers support to Old Trafford counterparts.
Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has told Manchester United fans to lay off the Glazers and thank them for the success they have delivered since their takeover.
Malcom Glazer and his family have come under intense criticism from Red Devil supporters since they bought the Old Trafford club in 2005.
The American family, who also own NFL club the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have been criticised for the way that they have financed their purchase with loans partly secured against United’s assets.
Ticket prices at Old Trafford have soared since the takeover – causing a protest movement against the family, who they want to see out of the club.
But, worryingly for Arsenal fans, Kroenke is a huge fan.
The American businessman, who became Arsenal’s majority shareholder last May, thinks there is a big difference in how sports clubs are run either side of the Atlantic.
The 64-year-old insists he has no plans to secure loans against Arsenal in the way that Glazer has done at United.
But Kroenke is baffled why United fans have taken a severe dislike towards his compatriot given that United have lifted four league titles since they took over six years ago while also boosting revenue at the club.
“Since they took over they have won and they have increased revenues by a huge amount,” Kroenke said.
“If I was a fan of that club, I would go there and go ‘Wow!’ because how could you do it any better?
“We have a whole different philosophy I think in the States, maybe, but I think it’s time maybe for everybody to think a little bit.
“I think they ought to think about who invests in these clubs.
“He (Glazer) took money out of the club. So what? (LA Lakers owner) Jerry Buss takes money out of his club. A lot of owners in the US do. No-one ever says anything about it.
“Did the Lakers win anything? Well, yeah. They did. How big’s their revenue? Pretty darn good.”
Kroenke was keen to make one more point clear – his unwavering support for manager Arsene Wenger – whose future was questioned after the club’s shaky start to the season.
“Wenger is an unbelievable manager. I think he’s a tremendous person. He is as good as there is,” Kroenke added.
“You lose some games, you have some tough loses. It happens. You can’t judge a manager on one game or on one stretch of games. You judge him over time. That’s how the really good ones are judged.”