What a funny old world it is.
Josh Kroenke, son of the famously silent owner of Arsenal has given an interesting interview about the club.
It contains more words about Arsenal than his old man has managed in public in the last 10 years. And that’s only in the first paragraph.
Anyway, I’ll ‘bullet point’ a few of the things he’s said. It would be good to see what AA-ers think about the fact of the interview and about its content.
- Josh says our dismal effort in the Europa League final last season led to ‘aggressive’ methods in this summer’s transfer market.
- A major concern was that being out of the Champions League places would reduce our appeal to world class talents.
- Josh says: “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. We knew we wouldn’t have Champions League football and that’s what those type of talents are after. My main message to Vinai [Venkatesham, managing director] and Raul [Sanllehi, head of football] coming back from Baku on the plane and then throughout meetings all day the following day with them and Unai [Emery, head coach], was: ‘Let’s be aggressive and find out what’s possible’.”
- He also hints that the Kroenkes may have injected money into the club this summer: “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”.
- He says the “aggressive” policy was NOT prompted by fan discontent.
- He says we will be “proactive again” in the January window.
Over to you…