According to The S*n back in April, Arsenal are set to receive a ‘bumper transfer kitty’ this summer thanks to Stan Kroenke’s American sports franchises doing so well, but I wouldn’t go getting too excited just yet.
Since Stan Kroenke rocked up at Arsenal 12 years ago he’s put exactly zero pence of his own money into the club.
Why, then, some people seem to think he will change that this season because his American teams are doing well I don’t know, but that’s where we are today.
A report in The S*n, the racist rag that, unfortunately, often gets good sports info, claims that Arsenal, who were originally set for a £40m kitty if they failed to qualify for the Champions League, will get some more.
“But billionaire owner Kroenke is now set for a cash injection having finally paid off the debt on his privately-financed £138million Pepsi Center, where his NBA and NHL teams play,” Tony Gannon in The S*n writes.
Google ‘Tony Gannon,’ however, and you don’t get anybody who works for The S*n. There is one article in the Irish Times from 2016 by someone called Tony Gannon but that seems to be it. He doesn’t seem to be on Twitter, unheard off for a tabloid journalist these days, and there are no other articles by him anywhere that come up online.
‘Gannon’ continues: “Kroenke has been paying up to £11.5m-a-season on the Denver stadium since its opening in 1999.
“The American, who is worth an eye-watering £6.7BILLION, will also rake in extra cash thanks to the success of his teams, the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche.
“Both sides have made the NBA and NHL playoffs and Kroenke, 71, will profit from every home game they play.”
There is absolutely no evidence contained in this article, beyond the supposition of a man who doesn’t seem to exist, that a billionaire who has never invested in Arsenal before is about to change the habit of a lifetime.
The fact that he couldn’t even be bothered to turn up in Baku for Arsenal’s first European final in over 10 years tells you how much he cares.
Do you really think he’s going to back that apathy with the cash he’s so desperately hoarding?