With the appointment of Stan and Josh Kroenke as Co-Chairs and Tim Lewis as Executive Vice-Chair, Arsenal has significantly changed its organizational structure.
This follows the entire ownership of Arsenal by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment in 2018. Josh Kroenke joined Arsenal as a non-executive director in 2013, and Lewis left Clifford Chance to concentrate on the Gunners.
Stan Kroenke stressed the significance of stability in football, especially as the pandemic fades, as well as the family’s continuous commitment to the team. He believes that in order to advance Arsenal, now is the ideal time to formalize these positions.
Arsenal player Emile Smith Rowe has had a difficult season due to injuries, but he is now “pain-free” and may be handed a fresh assignment in Mikel Arteta’s squad.
Smith Rowe has only appeared on the field for 136 minutes this season, despite Arsenal’s competition for the Premier League and Europa League titles. But Arteta will be glad to have another option for his team now that he’s back in shape.
In addition, Gabriel Jesus has resumed playing after a three-month layoff due to a knee injury.
Smith Rowe’s injury issues go back to the 2022–23 preseason, when he sustained an injury while practicing and missed the season’s opening contest.
Notwithstanding difficulties in his recovery, it is anticipated that he will regain his shape over time. A video from London Colney that was extensively shared online last week features Smith Rowe’s French teammate William Saliba exclaiming, “The Smith is back!” as he expresses his joy over the England playmaker’s return to training.
Declan Rice will be the top target for Arsenal in the summer transfer window as they look to bolster Mikel Arteta’s squad. The West Ham star midfielder’s contract is set to expire at the end of the upcoming campaign, therefore the Hammers may think about moving him.
Rice hasn’t held back when it comes to expressing his ambition to play for a premier league powerhouse that participates in the Champions League. Rice would suit better at Chelsea than at Arsenal, according to former Liverpool and Chelsea defender Glen Johnson.
Johnson does admit that Arsenal has improved and has a chance to compete with other teams for Rice’s services. A year ago, he would have found it difficult to believe that Arsenal had performed well this year and had earned the right to be considered for Rice’s transfer.