Confirmed: Josh Kroenke moves to London to focus on Arsenal

Arsenal director Josh Kroenke moves to London

This feels like it could be significant.

Ahead of Arsenal’s match against Watford in the Premier League on Sunday, Arsenal held a Fans’ Forum at he Emirates Stadium.

Ivan Gazidis, Mark Gonnella and Raul Sanllehi all spoke to the Arsenal supporters at the event.

According to one attendee, Gazidis refused to talk about Arsene Wenger at the meeting.

Yet, it what feels like a big move, it was confirmed that Arsenal director Josh Kroenke, who is the son of the club’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, is now moving to London to focus his attention on Arsenal.

‘Josh Kroenke is Wenger Out’

According to reports last Tuesday, Josh Kroenke, the son of Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, is part of the ‘Wenger Out’ camp and he’s planning for life after the Frenchman.

That news was announced on The Transfer Window podcast, broken by journalists Ian McGarry and Duncan Castles.

McGarry, who lead the story citing “people close to Arsenal at a high level” to back up his claims, said there’s a split in the Arsenal board over Wenger’s ongoing future.

That split appears to run into the Kroenke family itself. Board member Josh Kroenke, who has been in London over the past few months, is on the side of change, but Stan Kroenke remains a “staunch supporter” of Wenger.

Stan Kroenke

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 10: Owner Stan Kroenke of the Los Angeles Rams looks on prior to a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The understanding, however, is that Josh’s voice carries the most weight, and it’s his vision to succeed Wenger with a British manager.

Why British? While there were overtures made about instilling a new culture at the Emirates Stadium, the real reason is money.

Sign a top manager like Carlo Ancelotti, Arsenal will have to pay a top salary with large compensation clauses.

Pick a British boss, costs are lower and the financial risk is minimised.

Stan Kroenke was labelled as being “risk averse, wasting money averse”.

Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers & Burnley’s Sean Dyche

If Arsenal do go down the British route, the two managers at the top of the list are Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers and Burnley’s Sean Dyche.

Of the two Rodgers may be seen as the safer bet. He almost won the league at Liverpool, he did great things at Swansea, while he’s broken records at Celtic.

Dyche is the more risky choice having no big club experience. Yet he could be rewarded for his incredible successes at Burnley this season, while he’s said to be “admired” by members of the Arsenal board.

Listen to the full discussion of Wenger’s future at Arsenal, and how this could impact Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers and Burnley’s Sean Dyche after 17 minutes on the audio unit below.

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