Arsenal director Josh Kroenke, son of the billionaire Gunners owner Stan Kroenke, says supporters have every reason to be excited by the next chapter ahead for the club. Manager Unai Emery was allowed to splash the cash in the summer and the recruitment of players culminated in a club record £72million fee being spent on highly-rated winger Nic Pep from French outfit Lille.
The Gunners also brought in defender Kieran Tierney from Celtic for £25million, centre-half David Luiz from Chelsea for £8million and they also spent £27million on stopper William Saliba from Saint Etienne (he has returned to the French club on a season-long loan). Plus, Dani Ceballos came in on loan from Real Madrid.
The new recruits have given the Gunners a boost and they have won both of their games so far this season. The North London outfit recorded a 1-0 victory over Newcastle at St James’s Park in their opening game of the top-flight season and followed it up with a 2-1 home win over Burnley.
The man of the match against the Clarets was Spanish playmaker Ceballos and fans are already looking for the club to snap him up once his loan ends. Asked about what Ceballos adds to the midfield, Emery told the club’s official website:
“With him, it’s for us to use his qualities in the best position in our team with our ideas. I spoke with him before he came here about the need to play like an eight and a 10. In the game against Burnley he started like a 10, but a lot of times he was changing with Joe Willock into the eight position, where he can feel better on the pitch.”
And if Kroenke is to be believed supporters should view the next transfer window in January with heaps of optimism. Quizzed on what is his message to the fans, he said:
“I would say be excited, but I’ve already worn that one out over the summer. But I would just say to our supporters: it’s going to be a fun year, we’ve got some talented new players for them to cheer on the pitch and we’re only going to keep working hard on their behalf.”
Arsenal are next in action on Saturday when they face a tough test at Anfield against Liverpool, the current Champions League holders and who came second in the Premier League last season as they missed out on the title to Manchester City by a single point. And when he was asked whether or not he was going to keep faith with the winning team that overcame Sean Dyche’s outfit on Saturday, Emery said:
“One thing we wanted to improve is to be competitive in each position and also to take different possibilities.”
“In the Burnley game Granit Xhaka was out, also Mesut Ozil was out, Rob Holding was out and Hector Bellerin as well. We had different options for a bigger performance. Last season I think we lost some points in some moments when we didn’t have different possibilities for some matches. This season we can be more competitive.”