Rams owner, on brink of Super Bowl triumph, faces rebellion from English soccer fans

    Fans hold up a banner against Arsenal's majority owner Stan Kroenke during a 2017 English Premier League football match.

    New York (CNN)By the end of the weekend, Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke could be a Super Bowl champion. But seven hours before kickoff against the New England Patriots, and an ocean away from the big game in Atlanta, another Kroenke-owned sports team might find itself in far less celebratory circumstances.

    Arsenal, the English Premier League club that billionaire businessman Kroenke has owned since 2011, will travel to play Manchester City on Sunday in a showdown between two soccer teams at very different junctures in their respective histories.
    City is the Premier League's defending champion and, though it hasn't matched its record-breaking form of last season, remains in contention to retain its crown and is also a serious contender to secure a first Champions League title, European club football's top cup competition.
      Arsenal, meanwhile, is in the midst of another season where it is battling for a top-four finish rather than the title, and is once again struggling to keep pace, both on and off the pitch, with big-spending rivals.
      The Londoners' notoriously leaky defense could be humbled at the Etihad on Sunday -- the Gunners lost 5-1 in December to league leaders Liverpool -- making Sunday a two-fold referendum of sorts on Kroenke the sports owner.