Josh Kroenke attended Arsenal’s training session at London Colney ahead of tomorrow’s game against Norwich, speaking to players and staff as we try to get our season back on track.
October 6th was our last Premier League win, and recent form has made a top four finish even more difficult.
The Son of Stan also sat down with the official website to talk about Unai Emery’s departure, Freddie Ljungberg and the process of finding a new, permanent head coach.
With regards to the decision to part company with the Spaniard, Kroenke said, “Like all of our fans and supporters around the globe, we’ve been concerned about our recent string of performances.
“We wanted to support Unai and his staff until we decided it was time to make a change and ultimately we came to that decision over the last several weeks as a group between myself, Raul, Vinai and Edu.
“Unai is a good man, someone that we all respect very much. His work ethic on a daily basis between him and his staff was fantastic.
“Ultimately we started to fall short of several goals that we set. We still feel that we can achieve those goals this season, which is why we decided to make the change now.”
He talked up Freddie’s Arsenal DNA, and revealed that the process to find a replacement for Emery is already underway.
“It’s going to be led by Raul, Vinai, Edu and Huss [Fahmy] here internally,” he continued.
“I look forward to getting with them and working closely with them throughout this process.
“Because of our confidence in Freddie we’re very fortunate that we’re going to be entering into our process and doing a thorough search and it’s about finding the right candidate, it’s not about finding the first candidate.”
So, it sounds like Freddie could be holding the fort for a little while. Let’s hope he can get us back to winning ways, starting tomorrow.
It’s also good that there’s some visibility from the owners who are too often distant, and while there’s still plenty of work for them to do, being on the ground is a step forward, so hopefully it starts to make a difference.