Josh Kroenke spotted at Arsenal vs Tottenham as North London Derby decision made


Arsenal co-chair Josh Kroenke was seen at the Emirates Stadium watching on during the North London Derby against Tottenham on Sunday. Kroenke, who splits his time between England and America, attended the match and was seen in his box ahead of kick-off.

It is thought to be the first time he has been at a game this season having also spent plenty of time with the squad during the pre-season tour of America. Josh, son of Kroenke Sports and Entertainment (KSE) owner, Stan, has continued his role as the public facing figure.

Alongside Tim Lewis, who was given enhanced responsibility at the club earlier this year, Josh Kroenke has helped to lead the new revolution under Mikel Arteta after the Spanish manager was appointed in December 2019. They are now attempting to push the club to new heights having failed to win the Premier League since KSE took a stake.

Josh Kroenke was appointed as non-executive director in 2013 and has grown in reputation and importance ever since. He also has key roles to play in his father's sporting empire in America and has been a driving force in the success of the Denver Nuggets, LA Rams and Colorado Avalanche in recent years too.

Now, alongside Lewis and sporting director Edu Gaspar, they are attempting to take Arsenal one step further and towards a first league title in 20 years. He is believed to have once more played a big part in the recent surge of players signing onto new contracts, with club captain Martin Odegaard the latest in a growing list alongside Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale.

Stan Kroenke has not been seen in north London for a game since December 2022 when he watched on during the 3-1 win over West Ham shortly after the winter World Cup. That was thought to be the first, and only, game that he went to last season following more appearances in pre-season.

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This year the pair were both present at events in Los Angeles, at the SoFi Stadium, Arsenal training bases as well as Josh making an appearance at Wembley Stadium during the Community Shield. On this occasion he was unable to bring enough luck to grant a victory with Arteta's side drawing 2-2 with their fierce rivals.

It is Josh that is the centre of attention for a relationship on a day-to-day basis at the club now and when asked about his feelings towards the ownership last season, Arteta said: "It took some time to position themselves where they wanted in terms of how much of the club they own and how much they could decide and how much they could really benefit the club in the way they believe is right.

"I believe they were really patient in exactly the right way. Now they have shown they are fully committed, they have big ambitions and they are fully behind the club to give everything they can to make it successful.

"I am convinced the owners will continue to do everything to make us very successful and continue to invest in the club in the right way." The former Gunners midfield has the Kroenkes to thank for allowing a summer of big spending after buying Kai Havertz, Declan Rice and Jurrien Timber. He will now be trying to repay the faith shown in him with trophies.

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