The son of Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke, Josh Kroenke, was recently extensively interviewed by the BBC. The American appears to be taking the reins at the Emirates Stadium and played a big role in the club’s redevelopment over the summer, which saw them invest heavily in the transfer market.
The Gunners made six signings in the summer. The likes of William Saliba, Gabriel Martinelli, Kieran Tierney, David Luiz and Nicolas Pepe all arrived on permanent deals, whilst Dani Ceballos joined on loan from Real Madrid. The exciting business has instilled a sense of optimism at the north London club.
Kroenke gave his verdict on the deals that were done, saying, “I think we had a very strong summer…We’re excited to keep pushing that now and into the future”. He also spoke about the job being done by Unai Emery, the tensions amongst the fanbase and his ambition to get Arsenal competing for Premier League and Champions League titles again.
Given the summer that Arsenal have just enjoyed, Kroenke deserves to be given the benefit of the doubt in terms of fans believing that he is serious about moving the club forward. However, he will have to maintain the progress he has initiated. The Gunners have plenty of catching up to do with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City. However, it would appear that the club are finally taking strides forward again.
Following Kroenke’s interview, many Arsenal fans took to Twitter to discuss what he said.
— The 49 (@the49gooner) August 20, 2019
Respect to Josh Kroenke for coming out again today to speak about #AFC
I’m impressed that he didn’t want to gloat about the transfer window… instead adding more pressure on himself by stating it’s only the beginning and we will be more proactive moving forward ??
— Turkish (@TurkishLDN) August 20, 2019
I have to say, I’ve been incredibly impressed with Josh Kroenke since the fans’ open letter. Unlike his father, he seems truly interested. Attending games & consistent interviews about our ambition, which has been backed up with our recruitment. He’s been a breath of fresh air.
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) August 20, 2019
Amazing personality. Appreciate you Josh. This is what #Arsenal has been missing for a while, the directors getting involved, show intent and keep speaking positive to win the game off the field of play. Learning well from likes of Bartomeu, Abramovic, Perez and Arab owners.
— Austine ACiB #AFC (@Three16) August 20, 2019
It has taken this long to get the right people in and to start turning the club around from where it had stalled after the stadium move. Now they have full ownership, it’s easier for them to do that. Arsenal fans now can see we are moving forward but it won’t be instant success
— Andy spaughton (@gunnerandys) August 20, 2019
I hate Stan Kroenke with a passion just because of the man he is and the way he has run this club, but if josh Kroenke is the next in line to own arsenal I am extremely excited for our future !! #arsenal
— Sam hale (@HaleSam2444) August 20, 2019
The club’s comms policy is shifting and it’s clear that #WeCareDoYou played a big part in that. An encouraging start, but there’s still a lot to address.
— Highbury Harold (@BlackScarfAFC) August 20, 2019
i like josh. crucify me #afc twitter.
hate is all too familiar in the arsenal twitter echo chamber. whether it be kroenke, emery, mustafi or even ozil.
it ain’t right.
— New Arsenal FC (@NewArsenalFC) August 20, 2019