Mikel Arteta was in attendance at the Ball Arena in Denver as Stan Kroenke’s Colorado Avalanche won their 16th straight home game in the NHL.
The Spaniard appears to have flown to the States on Sunday after Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Burnley and was pictured sitting in a corporate box a few seats down from the Arsenal owner as the Avalanche consolidated their position at the top of the Central Division.
Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke & Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta in attendance to watch Kroenke’s Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 in the NHL in Denver tonight. 👀 #afc pic.twitter.com/FjixtOroKB
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) January 25, 2022
We’re presuming that Arteta has flown Stateside for face to face talks about his future; rumours circulated at the weekend that the club wants to hand the manager a new two-year deal.
We suspect upcoming transfer business was also on the agenda with the Gunners desperately scouring the market for a new striker while also trying to decide how best to offload highest earner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arteta won’t be in the US for long. The 39-year-old is due to take the Arsenal squad to Dubai later this week for a warm-weather training camp. After a hectic festive period, the Gunners don’t play again in the league until 10 February away at Wolves.
While Arsenal might have stuttered in January, the good form of the Avalanche – chasing a first Stanley Cup since 2001 – and NFL franchise LA Rams – who are one win from reaching a Super Bowl final in their own stadium – will no doubt be keeping the Kroenke family chipper. In that sense, it’s a good time for Arteta to turn up with a list of demands.