Tottenham vs. Arsenal: Stan Kroenke's New Regime Searching for Statement Game

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIOctober 2, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11:  A man crosses the road in front of Arsenal Football Club's Emirates Stadium on April 11, 2011 in London, England. American businessman Stan Kroenke's company 'Kroenke Sports Enterprises' has increased its shareholding in Arsenal to 62.89% and will make an offer for a full takeover of the club. Mr Kronke first purchased 9.9% of Arsenal shares in 2007, today's deal values the Premier League club at 731m GBP.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
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Stan Kroenke took over as majority shareholder for Arsenal on April 11, 2011. This will be a meaningless thing if under his regime the team does not do something major.

English fans are some of the most passionate sports fans in the world, and will be calling for Kroenke’s head if he does not make major moves.

Kroenke’s first transfer window as Arsenal owner was a forgettable one. It saw two of Arsenal’s biggest stars leave out the door for supposed greener pastures.

Do they know something we don’t? Well, it certainly appears like it at the moment with the horrendous start that Arsenal has had to the season.

Arsenal looks like a shell of its former self. The club that used to play some of the most attractive football in England looks stale and lacking of true creativity.

Arsenal is taking on Tottenham later today, and it is not just a London derby match; it is an absolute must win for the Gunners.

Stan Kroenke needs a statement game. He needs a game that shows fans we have it under control and are working it out.

Beating Tottenham would do just that.

Tottenham is a top-four contender whose recent form has been very good.

It is not as good as beating either of the Manchester teams or Chelsea, but it comes at the right time in the calendar and can cool a lot of the criticism of late.

Now, just winning and scraping by just barely will not do it. Arsenal and Stan Kroenke need a statement.

The Gunners need to thrash Arsenal and bring their supporters back into their corner.

If Arsenal can put on a classic Gunners performance like one that their fans are used to, they will quickly turn their heads to the future and put their support behind Stan Kroenke, who seems emphatic about being in it for the long haul.