Stan Kroenke sends message to Arsenal fans ahead of clash with Chelsea
Arsenal owner, Stan Kroenke and his son Josh have sent an infrequent message to the club’s fans outlining their excitement for the future ahead of their Premier League clash with Chelsea at Emirates on Sunday evening.
The Kroenke family have been unpopular figures at Arsenal since their arrival but have promised to improve communications with the support base, which has consistently called for them to sell the North London club after the Super League debacle earlier this year.
It has been an eventful summer transfer window for the Gunners so far as they added new players, Nuno Tavares, Sambi Lokonga, Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard to their squad.
“We know there is much work ahead to get back to where we need to be but we are confident about what can be achieved by this great club and our people,” the Kroenke’s wrote in the pre-match programme.
“We are building a squad, rich in young talent, much of it developed through our wonderful academy.
“It’s clear looking across Europe that we are dealing with a difficult transfer market due to the impacts of the pandemic but at the time of writing, are delighted to have signed Nuno Tavares, Sambi Lokonga and Ben White.
“We’ve also renewed the deals of Kieran Tierney and Emile Smith Rowe, both on a long-term basis.
“These are all young players that we are convinced can develop further and have a bright future with us.
“They are supported by a strong group of more experienced players, including Granit Xhaka, who has signed an extended contract.
“This is an important step in terms of maintaining balance and stability in the squad.
“In the meantime, the transfer negotiating team has been working hard behind the scenes to improve the squad further.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal lost 2-0 against newly-promoted Brentford in their last Premier League fixture, while Chelsea won 3-0 against Crystal Palace.