Mikel Arteta has hailed Stan Kroenke’s ownership of Arsenal saying it is ‘as good as I’ve seen in football’ with the Gunners sitting second in the transfer spend table across Europe.

Mikel Arteta with Stan Kroenke via Reddit
Mikel Arteta with Stan Kroenke via Reddit

Not that long ago, there were mass protests outside Arsenal in a bid to force Stan Kroenke to sell the club in the wake of the European Super League debacle.

Since then, however, the Kroenkes have begun to win over fans, mostly by splashing a lot of money on players who are not rubbish.

Since the European Super League announcement in April 2021, Arsenal have spent £46.98m on Gabriel Jesus, £31.5m on Fabio Vieira, £31.5m on Oleksandr Zinchenko, £5.73m on Matt Turner, £3.15m on Marquinhos, £52.65m on Ben White, £31.5m on Martin Odegaard, £16.74m on Takehiro Tomiyasu, £15.75m on Albert Sambi Lokonga, £7.2m on Nuno Tavares, £1.62m on Auston Trusty and £25.2m on Aaron Ramsdale.

That’s a total of £269.52m.

Across Europe, only Chelsea have spent more (£287.63m).

Top 20 transfer spends across Europe since summer 2021
Top 20 transfer spends across Europe since summer 2021 [source]
In short, the Kroenkes have stumped up the money to back their claims of ‘ambition’.

Speaking to the press ahead of Arsenal’s league game against Bournemouth, Mikel Arteta was full of praise for the men who pay his wages.

“I think the commitment and desire of this ownership is without a question or doubt as good as I’ve seen in football,” said Arteta.

“They’re on it, they want to take this club to a completely different level. They have the ambition, and it’s clear, there is so much evidence that they’re giving us all the support we need in order to do that.

“So it’s great to see as well that now there is a little bit of change in that talk and even our supporters and everybody around the world is talking very differently about what is happening here.”

Hard to argue, really, isn’t it?

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