It appears that the penny may finally have dropped for the Arsenal owner, or major shareholder if you want to be exact, Stan ‘the silent one’ Kroenke. After years of seeming to be more excited about Arsenal and his other sporting clubs balancing the books than actually managing to win a trophy, the American billionaire may have changed his tune.
Just a few months after Kroenke was reported telling a meeting of business people that you should not buy a sports franchise if you were determined to win things he has made a very different sort of statement about his newest venture.
In a Metro report the Arsenal supremo was talking about the newly acquired American Football team the LA Rams and he basically admitted what us Gooners have been trying to get him, Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board to get into their heads for years, that the main goal of a sports team is to win.
Kroenke said, ‘I’ve always loved sports and you have to make it make sense financially,’ the American said after moving the Rams from St.Louis.
‘But you learn over the years that it’s no fun if you don’t win.’
While you might think that this is a pretty obvious thing for an owner of a team to say I see it as a major departure for our Stanley. And if you assume that he now feels the same way about his other clubs and not just the new ones it could be seen as a direct bit of advice to the financially careful Frenchman in charge of the Gunners transfer spending.
So will we now see Wenger start to splash the mega millions he has been sitting on?