With the summer continuing without any reinforcements being made, Arsenal fans are understandably anxious about the lack of transfer activity.

However, in an interview with the official website, Josh Kroenke says fans should ‘be excited’ about what’s to come.

The club’s executives are all in the US and discussions over potential deals have been taking place.

In the interview, Kroenke says, “I would say ‘be excited’. There are a few things that I know our group are working on, and a few things we hopefully have on the doorstep.

“Nothing is ever a done deal until it’s a done deal, obviously, but we know we have key areas we want to address in our squad, both now and in the future.

“Our entire football operations staff have a great grasp on that and I’ve encouraged them to be as expressive as possible.”

We’ll obviously have to wait and see what happens, and this may well be a case of talking a good game in response to the criticism of the last 24 hours.

Until fans see tangible things happening, it’s not unreasonable for skepticism to continue.

For more from Josh Kroenke, check out this interview carried out by the Gooners in the USA podcast. Mike and Andy got hold of him in Denver, and he plenty to say.

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Zeke
Zeke

Don’t tell us to be excited. Do something that excites us.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Boo!!!

Oh, sorry. You meant Josh, didn’t you?

Futsboller
Futsboller

Reading through the comments below, and on the previous article, it is no wonder JK and silent Stan don’t bother speaking about matters Arsenal much in public. How on earth did Wenger put up with us for 22 years!

atom
atom

a lot has changed over the past 22 years as social media really wasn’t even a major thing a decade ago = most of a mangers/players interaction with fans was through very scripted interviews. I’m not saying I like JK/Stan but it’s a totally different world today than it was & their response really is just more for PR purposes as it looks bad to not respond.

IamaGoober

Okay so first of all, I think fair enough, at least the cunts finally said something and actually responded to the concerns levelled at them by the AST and other fan groups.

As for what they actually said, its just more of the same complete shite. He cant really sit there and say that sort of stuff when its fucking mid July, the first game of the new season is less than a month away and the first team squad is quite literally worse off than last seasons.

We have done absolutely nothing in the transfer window. We havent sold anyone. All of the shite players that have shown over the last 3 seasons they aren’t good enough, are still here. And the players that have left on a free havent been replaced. Yeah okay, we’ve promoted a few youth players, but come on? They surely cant be expected to fill the void that the senior pros have left behind i.e. Ramsey, Welbeck etc… Not forgetting we also have our club captain going full ‘mutiny’ in the public eye as well.

Things are even further compounded by the fact that every single bid we have made for a player has been rejected, because we havent tabled sufficient funds at the first time of asking. Now making it extremely difficult to continue to persue those players as realistic options.

This just another transfer window that has been completed wasted again. Which happens every single time they come around. Our inability to get deals done in the January window cost us Champions League football this coming season. Our failure to effectively manage this window will probably cost us again the season after.

We are a shit show.

And its so fucking offensive that Josh comes out saying more out landish shit when its blatantly obvious to EVERYONE how completely fucked we are.

That’s why you’ve got clubs like Leicester throwing the kitchen sink at this window because they know how much of a huge opportunity it is to get Champions League football since we have our bags round our ankles and we dont even seem to be trying to pull them up.

Honestly there is more chance that I at somepoint in the next 10-15 years become a Billionaire, or amas enough wealth to buy the club off of KSE. Then proceed to invest in the team properly and subsequently wining the title. Then there is of us ever winning the league whilst those complete clowns own our club.

Futsboller
Futsboller

I know everyone is frustrated (I am, too) and has little faith in the powers that be at Arsenal, but the lack of transfers isn’t worrying me that much — firstly, I think a few things will still get done (it’s tough for a budget-conscious club like Arsenal these days to get deals done when prices are way over value, agents are black holes, and financial fair play is an awfully whispy spectre in the wings); secondly, I don’t have high expectations on the players we are being linked with this window; thirdly, the real hunger in our squad appears to be coming from below as the young players are really potentially exciting. Moreover, we could buy 10 new players and we wouldn’t win the league — we’re not even close yet. I don’t disagree with you that things are bad, but we have no choice but to take the long and winding road back to the top.

IamaGoober

When you look at the bigger picture things are very very bad. Every other team is moving forward. We aren’t. We have been allowed to stand still for well over a decade now. The whole purpose behind the move to the Emirates was to take us to the next level. To push us into the footballing stratosphere to become akin to the likes of Real Madrid. That is exactly the reason why we left Highbury.

We didn’t leave our home of 93 years to watch us decline into a team that can’t compete for signings, in a transfer market where clubs like Aston Villa, Leicester City, Wolverhampton Wonders are doing more business, making their teams more competitive than ours.

You mentioned the long and winding road back to the top – but that’s a pipe dream. There is no road back to the top under this ownership. That’s clearly what the last decade has shown us. Since their involvement at Arsenal we have slipped from the top 3 clubs in the League, to the middle 6. Following that trajectory we will be finishing 9th/10th in the next 5 to 10 years potentially sooner if we don’t arrest this nose dive.

Just go an look at the Kroenkes other sporting franchises in the US – they are all dreadful. All of them are extremely under financed and subsequently achieve nothing. We are now part of that portfolio.

Dave
Dave

It’s not even that we are not buying players it’s the fact we are still after so many years not tackling the defensive problems we have. Every player we have been linked to is an attacking player, apart from one french teenager who we will loan back for a year…well that makes perfect sense to me…..NOT!!! Are we sure Emery isn’t Wenger in drag! Same old problem year in year out.

SizC
SizC

I should try this for my wedding anniversary.
“Hey wifey, be excited! We’re going to ……….Poundland. Yay. You can invest on the now and the future”

SG_Gooner
SG_Gooner

Be excited? Oh no! So it was Josh who chose the script all along! Not Ivan!

Greg
Greg

If he told me it was raining I’d check outside to be sure.

It’s me
It’s me

Greg, that’s one of my favourite comments on here for some time

Gooner Sam
Gooner Sam

I agree, brilliant!

momozemio
momozemio

Just comment to say I’m late but agree and thumbs the 200 up 😅 i will surely recycle this one at work

Sebinho9
Sebinho9

Jam (jelly?) tomorrow

thw14
thw14

Things explicit in the fans’ letter which could have been directly addressed but weren’t:

– Improving the atmosphere at the stadium (such as through less extortionate ticketing practices, although this was not explicit)

– Recognition of the loss of club identity in grabbing shares away from long time fans
Diversification of the board away from the family and its puppets

Things implicit in the letter which weren’t addressed:

– The awful financial performance of the past ten years, and the rewarding of those who made it possible

– The common failure across old and new management models to avoid basic mistakes in the transfer market – loaning high-risk low-reward players like Denis Suarez, allowing unrealistic bids for players to be used by rivals to undermine the club’s leverage, and not ensuring key signings are made early to allow time for integration.

Things we could have done without:

– Another nonsense invocation of Victoria Concordia Crescit, which seems to appeal to the incumbents more for its faint whiff of elitism than for any real commitment to common purpose.

wojerwabbit
wojerwabbit

THIS!

Voldermort
Voldermort

The only thing they want or understand is money. Thats the bottom line. Until we as fans stop buying the new shirts and demonstrating by either not attending or attend then do organised walk outs they put out statements like this.
None of the obvious flaws were addressed just more of the usual bolox.
The fans have the power in the pocket and until they choose to use it we will continue to go downhill.
What a huge statement we could make along with fellow unhappy Newcastle fans. Live on tv at a certain time all fans unite and walk out.
National headlines around the world.
I applaud the letter sent but as we have already seen its just batted away and not addressed the worries in any shape or form.

Chamakhyungpark
Chamakhyungpark

Oh yeh Josh? I can’t wait for the last week of transfer window while we pick up Ryan Fraser and an injured midfielder from Southampton.

We just lost our best midfielder on a free transfer. Our captain and best defender had refused to play. We have two ludicrously over paid attacking midfielders who are contributing almost nothing and the rest of them are extremely low par .

I will be excited when you actually sign some good players, not just ‘out smarting the market’ and scraping the barrel of the professional footballer trolly dash

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

I’d take that at this stage

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

I’d have taken Fabian Delph for £8M at this stage.

NairoGunner89
NairoGunner89

I know this kind of talk. I work for an organisation that is fluent in “non-committal.” Keep things positive but vague, just the right mixture to keep people calm and confused at your intentions.

I hope I am wrong.

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

It’s called the art of BS

Badaab
Badaab

KSE are corporate language specialists. Its complete nonsense and purposefully allows people to fill in the blanks themselves when reading/hearing this kind of garbage that KSE are spouting.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Are you in politics then NairoGunner89?? 🙂

Terry Henry
Terry Henry

@blogs can you get NarioGunner89 on the the next arsecast

Archer
Archer

I have PTSD from the loss of Rocisky and Cazorla. It’s hard to get excited anymore.

The Spoon
The Spoon

We paid Cazorla all the time he was injured and released him when he was back to fitness. Almost as criminal as letting Rambo go for free. If we’d had Cazorla last season we’d have got 4th, I 100% believe that.

Alex
Alex

We paid Cazorla for nothing. And now fans shout at Özil’s wages…

SarcasmB0t
SarcasmB0t

Cazorla didn’t play because he’d had a debilitating injury.
Ozil doesn’t play even in the games he starts.

IamaGoober

An injury which was literally made worse by our fucking ass hole medical staff.

Mpls
Mpls

Arsenal medical staff was not responsible for Santi’s procedure and its after effects.

IamaGoober

Yes they were. Go read the article about his injury. He nearly lost his leg because of them. They were hugely to blame.

Mpls
Mpls
leroy
leroy

‘it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt’

i’m starting to understand why the kroenke’s don’t talk so much.

Tony Hall
Tony Hall

I won’t hold my fucking breath …

Rob67
Rob67

😄 Too right !

The Swede
The Swede

Are Mike and Andy stupid? They swallowed everything he said.

beNZed

I’d say they just want to build some trust with him so they can speak to him again another time.

Chrispy
Chrispy

Theres a face I could punch repeatedly before taking a shit of last night’s curry on the bloody mess and then I’d get started on his old man. I really dont give a fly fuck what he has to say. Cunts.

David Hilliers Arm Cast
David Hilliers Arm Cast

Wow, you’re hard (In David Brents voice)

jay
jay

I just really want Arsenal to play the kids. Why can’t we be the PL version of Dortmund?

SarcasmB0t
SarcasmB0t

Dortmund is an extremely well-run club with a long-term vision which really cares about the relationship between the club and its fans, the atmosphere at their stadium being second to none.

Sound anything like us?

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

The PL and the Bundesliga are very different leagues. BVB has between 15 and 20 pretty easy games per season whilst we may be lucky and get 6 easy PL games per season (although if we play those teams at the wrong time they can be tough as well).
Their top few clubs are very high standard but their mid-low teams games are a usually a much less competitive level.

Chigz
Chigz

Dortmund actually spend money lol, just this summer they’ve signed two of the best non Bayern players in Germany in Brandt and Hazard. I wish we could do that.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Everyone has a right to be skeptical but to write off what he’s had to say completely is unacceptable in my eyes. Josh could have completely ignored that open letter to his dad but he didn’t. Yes, if it was left to Stan we would probably still be waiting for some kind of response, but heck at least give the guy a chance.

It’s not like some of what he says isn’t true. We’ve undergone an enormous change after having a manager in place for 22 years and yet some want to act like spoiled brats and stamp their feet because we didn’t win the PL last season….or worse because we haven’t signed anyone despite us having signed Martinelli and there still being 3 weeks until the window closes.

Everyday that passes I become embarrassed to be an Arsenal fan but not because of the club but because of other fans. I want what’s best for the club too and in an ideal world Stan would not be the man running my club, but he took full ownership only 7-8 months ago and I for one want to see what the new management team in place – Raul, Vinai and Edu can do.

Post January Blip
Post January Blip

Couldn’t agree more. I’ve been as frustrated as any other fan but it’s also important to be realistic. Unfortunately, this club has been managed poorly for some time so there’s naturally going to be some ‘carry-over’ issues to address over the next couple of years. Yes it all happened under Kroenke’s watch, but the club has at least recognised the need to modernise and made the necessary changes. Some bits have needed to be ironed out but the leadership has now been assembled.

Let’s see how the rest of the window goes and keep an eye out on renewals/sales over the course of the season. That’s all we can really do at this stage IMO.

thw14
thw14

We didn’t ‘not win the PL last season’, we passed up two chances to finish fourth.

We didn’t have single ownership during the Invincibles season, so how come competent management didn’t seem so impossible then?

This fanbase is barely activist as it is, and we have owners who would happily collect dividends and say nothing if they aren’t publicly shamed.

The negativity from fans will stop when the stupidity from the club stops. Sign Ceballos, for example, and see if you have to keep responding to letters. And he isn’t even a player who’s going to transform us. That’s how easy-going the fans are.

Referring to Martinelli and Vinai and Raul is like saying you’re excited to see what statDNA would get us next in the summer of Cech. Sure, there’s always some new variables, but considering the last 10 years, that is pointedly ignoring the forest for the trees.

thw14
thw14

*passed up two chances to qualify for the Champions League

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

If it makes you happier mate just think of the 70% of Arsenal fans that don’t moan on the Internet. 🙂

CHIBS
CHIBS

You’re a Patient man 👏🏽👏🏽

Kostas
Kostas

I just hope you dont write that for free.

Robert King
Robert King

Can’t believe this got 50 likes, yes Josh responded, but in riddles, there was no substance to his reply, his goal I’m sure was to nip it in the bud before bad sentiment increased.

Stan has contributed zero value to arsenal. Nothing of his own money. He’s invested nothing, yet still his investment has increased massively. And will continue to increase organically as football continues to increase in popularity. Stan has used arsenal to leverage loans for his American franchises. He has taken money out of arsenal.

So yes I get why Stan cares about his arsenal investment, which is what arsenal are, another addition to his portfolio, but I don’t care why we care at all about him continuing to have the privilege to keep our club. If he showed ambition with actions, after all his investment has made hundreds of millions in the last decade via arsenal. How about investing some of that into arsenal, how about being present at important games.

Problem is we are one of many of his investments and his son tries to manage it. If we are going to have some billionaire bast**d as owner of our club how about we pick one that has a shred of ambition and actually invests some of their money. I hope the majority of supporters actually like their team to win and feel good when they do. I’m tired of feeling like cr*p.

Kostas
Kostas

Robert no. I am satisfied with a PR response written by his European Department of Communications. He cares

IamaGoober

Give the guy a chance? Yeah — they’ve only had since 2007…

David Hilliers Arm Cast
David Hilliers Arm Cast

They didn’t own the majority of the club back then, so didn’t have as much control. The original point was now they have control give them time to do what they do. You should read before you comment or it makes you look rather silly.

IamaGoober

Mate — the Carr family sold up to him and he was literally the majority shareholder before the end of 2009.

So that’s a decade under his ownership and we’ve done nada..

David Hilliers Arm Cast
David Hilliers Arm Cast

Goober – under Wenger he called all the shots, they didn’t have to do anything (in retrospect this was detrimental to the clubs progress) so really only over the last couple years have they actually had to be involved.

IamaGoober

Exactly that’s their fault isn’t it?

If they genuinely cared they would have taken a more active role in the running of the club. But they didn’t, because they don’t care, and it suited them to do nothing. Since they had acquired this asset which just continued to go up in value without them having to do anything or more crucially invest any of their own money.

Hence we are where we are.

James
James

That interview is damning in the sense we are Ona shit house road to fucking nowhere with lines – it’s not our job to be concerned how the club is run, we should just turn up every week and a cheer, we are fucked

Der Kaiser
Der Kaiser

Are the Kroenke family really that bad? Stan , may be quiet but would we rather have a shady previous member of a former eastern block country?

Was it not ” the supporters” who pressurised the Club to break their stringent wage structure for Ozil et al?

Be careful about what you wosh for ,

Kostas
Kostas

Former eastern are swadow-y whilst westerners are full of white light, hope and love…

Lance banner
Lance banner

He’s married into the Walton family that owns Walmart, there’s nothing more shady than that.

Chigz
Chigz

Don’t think because they made their money in America it isn’t shady. I’d rather have an owner like Abramovic who has shady money but actually puts it into the club.

beNZed

He talks a good game, I’d like to believe that nobody would come out with comments like “be excited, things are coming” etc. in this sensitive time of fan unrest, if they know that a couple of pimple-faced kids are all we’ll be getting.

Gonna give him the benefit of the doubt, on the evening of the first match when the window has SLAMMED SHUT in Sky terminology, I will draw my sword or through my bouquets.

Goonereality
Goonereality

The proof of younger Kroenke’s pudding will be in the new pairs of legs running around the pitch next season. I’ve no doubt that a lot of work is going on to try and bring in new faces – after the finish to last season it’s now obvious to everyone that the current squad just isn’t up to the job. I think we need to be cautious though. On the evidence of press reports so far, we seem to be offering to bring in players through a mixture of loan moves, loan backs, extended instalment payments and “imaginative” add on payments. Not to mention the possibility of employing elderly players looking for a last-minute pension boost via The Emirates before they retire. The result of this novel approach, so far at least, is zilch! Now, Kroenke Jnr. may have more up his sleeve than his arm, if so I’ll happily lead the cheering, but for the time being let’s keep calm and carry on (waiting).

Make Arsenal Great Again
Make Arsenal Great Again

All talk and no action.

assistantref
assistantref

Nobody cares what you say mate, they care what you do. You can write and spout all the nonsense you want…as long as your father (don’t flatter yourself and pretend like you’re his equal, you aren’t and won’t be until he’s dead) categorically refuses to invest a penny of his own funds no matter the circumstances while running the club as an absentee landlord, nothing will change.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

RTOTM…read this out to my wife. Well said mate I especially liked the “don’t flatter yourself” bit. LOL

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

I forgot the W doh!! 🙂

Drew
Drew

At least he said something.

Rectum_Spectrum
Rectum_Spectrum

“For more from Josh Kroenke…..”

ummmmm……no thanks.

Badaab
Badaab

Platitudes polished by a PR team are pretty useless when your actions speak otherwise, Josh.

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

More empty chat from another dickhead.

Santori
Santori

Josh is a real wank name.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

I was excited for a bit when I read he said we should be excited. Having listened to the interview now, I realise that “excited” was his watch word right from the start of the interview so he just chucked it in again when asked about transfers. One thing though “Our entire football operations staff have a great grasp on that and I’ve encouraged them to be as expressive as possible.” as reported above is actually not correct – he said “aggressive” not “expressive”. Anyway I am no longer excited.

Big Mad Andy
Big Mad Andy

I think this statement has even less credibility than the open letter. Come on Josh, there had better be some genuinely exciting transfers now or you’re going to look a right fool.

Sean Juba
Sean Juba

Fuck off Josh. Treating us like idiots and gullible fools. Think we will swallow your PR shite. No. We won’t.

Swifty
Swifty

Custodians! My arse.

kaius
kaius

Josh mate, we really don’t give a fuck at this point. You can’t fill a leadership vacuum built up over 10 years with a nice letter and some upbeat interviews.

Just hand over the damn chequebook, and we’ll leave you alone for the next 9 months

Der Kaiser
Der Kaiser

Patience is a virtue. Build a new team around home grown youngsters who care about the Club and a minority of very high quality imports

JamesGodwinson
JamesGodwinson

Blah blah blah… Bullsh*t.

You’re just afraid of mutiny by the fans aren’t you? The boycotting merchandise campaign does have an impact i guess.

Bunch of lies and promises…

Georgeycharles
Georgeycharles

So…from the comments so far I’m picking up just a hint of scepticism…

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Just a little

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

So far yes I rekon…

simon
simon

I’m pretty sure he said to be “aggressive” not “expressive”

hossein owj
hossein owj

You are telling me it ain’t all about money for you ?! Good joke bro ..

Kostas
Kostas

Wow! that was a fast reaction! If only they were so good at football issues and not only on PR/business/ corporate staff.

To be honest I think their strategy is to have a low risk investment, try to milk the cow for as long as possible and then sell it when they forecast that the bubble of EPL is about to burst and there is no more ‘inflation’.

Of course this is a very good and secure business and nobody will blame them for using The Arsenal for that.

Or maybe I am wrong and they …actually… follow Arsenal, read Arsenal news and write on Arseblog on their free time. Maybe they they are Arsenal supporters.

Southpaw74
Southpaw74

Arn’t we all used to hearing this every season

SarcasmB0t
SarcasmB0t

Why the fuck should anybody care about what someone whose only qualification is that he’s the son of a guy who’s married to an heiress has to say?

The little twerp doesn’t know shit about anything.

I’ll be excited when him and his cunt family fuck off.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Harsh but fair.

JamesGodwinson
JamesGodwinson

No wonder why Kroenke turned Arsenal into his cash cow.

Southpaw74
Southpaw74

Not ready to win big trophy yet?? Why the fuck not, i don’t want to wait,, we’ve been waiting since 2004, shit my boy was playing for a u12 team at the time, he’s now 27 and has son of his own, life is to short,, I want now,,,this season or next and the next and the next, if i don’t get knocked over by a bus it be nice to see,, we all have waited long enough

Southpaw74
Southpaw74

Thumbs down???

Gooner86
Gooner86

Tells you a lot hey mate. Too many of our fans are just bent over and ready to take more of it. We were promised big trophies and to just hold on a little longer, for years, and now it’s ‘oh not yet’ – fuck off

Southpaw74
Southpaw74

To true gooner86

Cygans Parting
Cygans Parting

Big and little Enos speaking as one saying absolutely nothing. Same shit different day.

Jay
Jay

Be excited ?? are you having a laugh ??
Its been 12 years Josh since you and your family have got involved with OUR CLUB, and we have gone BACKWARDS, I want an owner that’s Arsenal through an through, who comes to our matches and is passionate like the fans, not a monopolizing businessman looking to buy yet another club to add to his collection of money making, but not really successful on the pitch clubs.

JohnnyMaverik
JohnnyMaverik

Fine, i’ll shut up until the end of the window. But that’s the line.

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan

I will be excited once your cheap ass father waxes his mustach and spends some cash in the market.

Jack4343
Jack4343

In the immortal words of Kurt Cobain, “Here we are now, entertain us!”

Startlow £1
Startlow £1

Yea I’m soooooo excited can’t wait for out next lowball offer now.

Yankee Gooner
Yankee Gooner

Lots of brand new Kroenke-apologist posts in the comments today; it’s almost like a PR team was given a list of social media sites to start “visiting” 😉

Futsboller
Futsboller

😉

Gooner86
Gooner86

More nonsense. I’m glad some of our fans are still gleefully optimistic with all this Bollocks and I wish I could be too. But I’m not. We should be doing so much more and it’s sad we have come to feeding off scraps like this

Perry
Perry

Josh runs the NBA Denver Nuggets and has done a good job building them up in the last few years, they’ve gone from horrible to one of the better teams in the league, and they’re still very young and on the rise. Just saying.

Kostas
Kostas

We are Arsenal fans and we are following the opposite trajectory. Just. saying.

Gandalf
Gandalf

Let’s be real here. He has no idea who our targets are and why those players will benefit the team. He probably just knows we’re in negotiations for a couple of people that can play soccer.

Ozenal
Ozenal

It doesn’t take much to correlate the decline in the club with Kroenke ownership. NOT stadium payments.

You can’t blame on Wenger and that structure even after he has left.

The big issues were transfer policy, and that policy got very skewed shortly after kse implemented data analytics in transfers and subsequently siphoned 2.3m from the accounts every year.

Now we are scrambling for 2.3m for Kieran Tierney.

Explain that one Josh.

Ozenal
Ozenal

It got even worse when you had a self serving CEO who only was interested in making himself look good.

And you allowed him to overspend and overstretch without due diligence of your own.

If that doesn’t spell ‘disinterested’ or ‘handsoff’ then what does?

Oneofbellerinscornrows
Oneofbellerinscornrows

Can we all start to gather all the quotes and videos from the Kranky’s, we’ll start to assemble them into a nice tight, hefty, solid ball that we can throw back in his face at the end of the transfer window when we have sold no players, bought maybe 2 maybe 3, unproven players, and have a huge locker room crisis because our captain is chucking a wobbly.

Ambition is not without action, and yes, there has been action in the backroom, but none of that has materialised on the pitch so far in a positive way.