Arteta gives update on Nketiah's contract negotiations with Arsenal
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Josh Kroenke has recenlty given a rare interview with Sky Sports and assured fans that he is on the same page as they are at the club. His comments have led to reported links with a potential new signing, that could arrive as early as January.
In a rare interview with the media, Arsenal shareholder Josh Kroenke has given fans hope following a number of high profile incidents, after he admitted that “he wants Arsenal to be great”.
The American billionaire is classed as the director at the club but now reportedly makes key decisions in consultation with non-executive director Tim Lewis, which could lead to a new signing following fresh reports.
Kroenke spoke about the importance of their relationship with the fans and getting to understand what they want, and the American owners could wrap up the ultimate apology with a new high-profile signing.
Following the interview, fresh links have emerged that Arsenal could sign a new star as soon as January.
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According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Arsenal have reached an initial agreement with Fiorentina over the potential signing of Dusan Vlahovic, and the Gunners would be willing to meet the Italian sides asking price of £68million, with the inclusion of bonuses.
This agreement could see Arsenal sign the player as early as January as they eye a long-term replacement for both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal face the prospect of losing both Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah next summer as both stars have entered the final year of their contract at The Emirates, leaving Aubameyang as the only other centre-forward option.
Vlahovic has attracted a lot of interest around Europe, and was even linked with Tottenham this summer, as well as the Gunners, but remained at Fiorentina.
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The 21-year-old has already scored 10 goals in 13 games for Fiorentina this season, but Arsenal may face a battle to sign the promising striker, as although there is a reported agreement between both clubs, the player and his agent may wait for bigger and better offers from elsewhere next summer.
Arsenal were the Premier Leagues biggest spenders over the summer, as £150m was splashed out on six new signings, but although they stabilised their defence and made additions in midfield, the attacking role is still an area of concern moving forward.
Kroenke appeared positive however, and in a rare interview with Sky Sports, he commented on their mistakes during the European Super League saga that emerged in April, and made assurances that he wants the club to be great.
The American shareholder said: “I said this to our fan advisory board who we met with last night, I don’t want a 48-hour period to define us.
“We were presented with an opportunity. We asked ourselves a question, which was what was worse, a Super League or Super League without Arsenal? And we answered that question that we should be included in that. Were we wrong?
“Obviously. We listened to our fans. We made a quick pivot, removed ourselves from the situation. We apologised, and now we move forward.
“And some of the dialogue that I’ve had with some of the support groups has been as clear as crystal and I couldn’t be more excited to be communicating with them on the level that I am because I understand who they are and now they’re understanding who I am.
“And I think the more we understand each other it’s exciting because the only thing that we want is for Arsenal Football Club to be great.”
If Arsenal are to be great, then securing a centre-forward for the foreseeable future will certainly be a great step, and it’s an area that will soon become a cause for concern.
There has even been pressure for the Kroenke family to sell Arsenal with Spotify CEO Daniel Ek interested in taking over, but a January move for Vlahovic could be the perfect statement to get fans back on their side.
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