Arsenal’s Josh Kroenke talks to BBC’s David Ornstein
Josh Kroenke, the Arsenal director who is also the son of the club’s owner, Stan Kroenke, has sat down for an extended interview with the BBC’s David Ornstein.
It’s fair to say that some Arsenal fans aren’t huge admirers of the Kroenkes.
Indeed, when Josh Kroenke visited Arsenal during their pre-season tour in America, his choice of t-shirt caused a mini storm.
So Josh Kroenke turns up to The Arsenal training, to see a team he/family owns and talk to players/management and wears a Rams Jersey.
Really says a lot. pic.twitter.com/3HM9vlrzAI
— Darren (@DarrenArsenal1) July 14, 2019
Arsenal’s Europa League final defeat to Chelsea & impact on transfers
After two rounds of the season, Arsenal, together with Liverpool, remain the only clubs with a 100% record in the Premier League.
Arsenal’s positive start to the season comes after an exciting transfer window.
Nicolas Pepe, Dani Ceballos, David Luiz and Keiran Tierney all joined the Gunners in the off-season.
And, according to Josh Kroenke, the trigger for Arsenal’s busy summer was the Europa League final defeat to Chelsea. He said:
As the second half of the match unfolded, understanding the position we were in and some of the targets as we headed into the summer from a transfer standpoint, we had to rethink some of our strategy based on that last 45 minutes.
Arsenal director Josh Kroenke has revealed conceding four goals in the second half of the Europa League final transformed the Gunners’ approach to recruitment this summer.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 20, 2019
Europa League final highlights: Chelsea 4 – Arsenal 1
Eden Hazard scored twice for Chelsea in the final.
Olivier Giroud and Pedro also found the target for the Blues.
Alex Iwobi scored Arsenal’s consolation goal.
Did the Kroenkes inject more money into Arsenal in the summer?
For much of the summer, Arsenal fans were told that there was only 45 million pounds to spend on new signings.
However, at the end of the window, Arsenal’s outlay was more than 100 million pounds.
Twitter user Swiss Ramble has previously explored how Arsenal may have balanced their books this summer.
David Ornstein pressed Josh Kroenke to state whether more money was pumped into the club to fund these deals. Kroenke said:
I’m not going to go into too much detail – people can read between the lines of being aggressive and what that might mean.
It’s going to be a private matter for us here at the club, but I hope our fans understand that by being aggressive that’s exactly what we were.
Will Arsenal spend again in January?
According to Josh Kroenke, Arsenal could invest again in the next transfer window, too:
As for January, I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves.
We’ve got to evaluate some things in the short term and figure out where we might need to address going forward, so when January does roll around we’re going to be proactive again.
Big Arsenal interview across @BBCSport from 6am:
🚨How/why #AFC produced “magic” in transfer window
🚨Cause/thinking behind impressive surge of business
🚨What club ownership make of progress + Emery
🚨Vision for season/beyond
🚨Approach to January market
🚨Rallying cry to fans
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 19, 2019
How long will the Kroenkes stay at Arsenal?
While some Arsenal fans may not be the greatest supporters of the Kroenkes, it’s clear that the Americans have no plans to sell their assets anytime soon.
Josh Kroenke told Arsenal fans the following:
We’re just getting started and hopefully we’ll start to earn more and more trust with the more and more work we put in.
The Emirates is a place that is always going to be special to me and my family. I’m excited about being here, hopefully a long time.