Arsenal wage bill slashed as Kroenke urges Arsenal fans to be excited
By now, you’ve no doubt read Josh Kroenke’s comments about Arsenal fans (included below in case you haven’t along with his full interview talking about Arsenal which runs for quite some time) but the vice-chairman of KSE had quite a bit more to say.
Having taken the Rams to the top of the heap in the States, and with his other sides doing well, Arsenal could see a summer spending spree that will set the club up to challenge for major honours next season.
For more on that, check out this week’s Daily Cannon podcast, in which American sports expert, Stephen Bradley, explains why it looks like it could be Arsenal’s turn next to get the Kroenkes’ attention.
Arsenal have already halved their wage bill in the space of a year, freeing up loads of room for new signings and improved deals for the youngsters already at the club.
“Now that we have 100 per cent of the club, we’ve had it only since 2018, we’re laying the foundations of a really bright future,” said Kroenke.
“I think if any of the Arsenal fanbase wants to look at our teams here in North America, which surprisingly they don’t do very often. I don’t think they don’t care, they are really curious as to how we do our operations. ‘How do you do this? How do you do that? How do you want to do this?’
“Really, what I just say is we’re very proud – over here [in America] we draft and develop – at Arsenal we have an amazing academy, where these kids come through and work their way up.
“So, you see the foundation of the culture that I talked about starting to take shape and I think you see it starting to manifest itself on the pitch.
“We’re sitting in sixth in the league, we need to be higher, our goals are to be higher, but to be there with the youngest squad in the Premier League, I think is something every Arsenal fan should get behind.”
As for those comments about Arsenal fans…“I do listen to our supporters over there,” Kroenke told the Road Trippin’ podcast.
“The level of passion that is involved in European football, and support that goes into these clubs — I don’t want to say it is way deeper than anything we have over here, but it is way deeper than anything we have over here.
“It is hard to truly relate as an American or a foreigner heading into the UK, the passion that really goes on from the people that support these clubs.
“To be frank I am encouraged by the whole [Super League] process, because it has brought me and our staff closer to our supporters than ever before.”