Josh Kroenke Says Arsenal Might Still Need To Offload Amid Speculations About Shkodran Mustafi's Future
Josh Kroenke has admitted that Arsenal is still planning to trim the squad before the transfer window closes. The club has had several notable departures already, with Laurent Koscielny coming back to France and Alex Iwobi joining Everton. But a lot of fans still wonder about Shkodran Mustafi's future.
Arsenal are reportedly ready to get rid of German footballer, and Mustafi emerged as one of the players Unai Emery will mention in a matchday squad this season. The European transfer window will close on Sept. 2, and according to Kroenke, there could still be players leaving the team.
"I would defer to our football operations staff, but I know there are a few names that have come up who might not see as much playing time this season, so whether that's via loan or permanent transfer I know there are discussions going on," Kroenke said.
While the club is working on a plan to offload some of their deadweight, some supporters have showed great support for what Arsenal are doing with their transfers. The addition of Dani Ceballos, Kieran Tierney, and Nicolas Pepe have reportedly raised the club's morale and they have two wins from two league games.
In July, Arsenal fan groups wrote a joint statement slamming Stan Kroenke's ownership of the club and the Gunners' work in the transfer market.
Kroenke, son of owner Stan, has explained how the Gunners' humiliation in the Europa League final last season caused the club to use "aggressive" methods in this summer's transfer market.
Arsenal have gone three years without Champions League football at the Emirates following a 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in Azerbaijan. The club has since lost financial benefits and some of the world's top players have reportedly lost their interest with the club. Four second half goals from Chelsea shook Arsenal's foundations, forcing them to rethink their strategy for the upcoming transfer window and beyond.
Since their last title in 2004, Arsenal have not come close to winning the Premier League. The older Kroenke first bought shares in the club in 2007 then became the majority shareholder in 2011. Last year after buying Alisher Usmanov's stake, he has taken full control of the club.
The north London outfit have had to settle for competing for the top four since the 2004 title win, but Kroenke said "challenging for the Premier League title is always our goal."
Josh Kroenke is aware of the protests against the leadership, but he is still hoping to stay with Arsenal for as long as he can, saying they are "passionate" about the club.