Stan and Josh Kroenke have sent a rare message to Arsenal fans ahead of their first home game of the Premier League season against Chelsea.
The Kroenke family have been unpopular figures at the Emirates since their arrival but have vowed to improve communications with the support base – which has consistently called for them to sell the club – after the Super League debacle earlier this year.
It has been a busy summer in north London, with Arsenal adding Nuno Tavares, Sambi Lokonga, Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard to their squad in the transfer window.
And ahead of the meeting with European champions Chelsea on Sunday – a week after Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by newly promoted Brentford – Stan and Josh Kroenke penned a message to supporters outlining their excitement for the future.
“We know there is much work ahead to get back to where we need to be but 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 is 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 have 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.”
- An Agencies report