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Arsenal director Josh Kroenke responds to angry fans after ‘hurtful’ letter attacking father Stan

Josh Kroenke has responded to Arsenal fans just 24 hours after the #WeCareDoYou campaign was launched.

Kroenke is the director of the Gunners and son of owner Stan, with Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) coming under fire from Arsenal fans.

Josh Kroenke has responded to Arsenal fans in an open letter
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A collection of 16 supporters groups wrote a strongly-worded letter criticising their ownership of the club and attacking the ‘soulless atmosphere’ at the Emirates stadium.

But Josh Kroenke, who is in America and watched the club’s pre-season win over Colorado Rapids, has since responded to fans with a letter of his own.

“I’d like to start by clarifying that my family owns Arsenal together, and when it comes to the Club, my father and I are in constant dialogue.

“So when you hear from him you are hearing from me, and the other way round. So I pen this on behalf of myself, my father, my family and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.

Stan Kroenke (L) has received constant criticism since arriving at the Emirates
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“We know we have some of the most passionate fans in any sport, anywhere in the world. It’s part of what makes us such a special and unique Club.

“And while we understand, appreciate, and agree with concerns about our Club failing to achieve our goal of qualifying for the 2019-20 Champions League, we respectfully disagree about our Club being at a crossroads and that things need to change because so much change has recently occurred.”

Kroenke highlighted the appointment of Edu as technical director, an appointment he describes as the ‘final piece of a very important jigsaw’ in the club’s football operational structure.

“He [Edu] is first and foremost an Arsenal man who understands the ethos of our Club and, as an Invincible, he understands the mentality required from top to bottom across the entire Club for us to return to the level at which we all expect to be competing,” said Kroenke.

The disdain towards the Kroenke family has been in north London for years
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“He joins Freddie, Per and Steve Bould, all winners with Arsenal DNA, who love our Club.

“We want to be clear we are in sports for one reason and one reason only…to win. There is simply no better feeling in sport than winning at the highest level.

“We know there is a lot of hard work ahead and understand that supporters want success now. We will continue to push forward trying to balance the short and long term vision without abandoning the core principles of the Club that have sustained us for the past 133 years.

“We are not naive in our thinking that our ambitions can be achieved overnight, and are putting processes in place to ensure we are stacked not only with talent, but talent with the proper mentality to help us achieve our highest goals in the future.”

Much has been made of Arsenal’s limited transfer budget this season, with rumours of Unai Emery having as little as £45million to spend in the market.

Bids for Wilfried Zaha and Kieran Tierney have been rejected out of hand already this summer, with Gabriel Martinelli the only name through the door thus far at the Emirates.

But in an interview with the club’s official website, Kroenke revealed there could be more success soon.

“I would say be excited’,” he told “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 is a done deal obviously, but 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 aggressive as possible.”

Here is the letter from Josh Kroenke in full
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Neil Lennon warns Arsenal over Kieran Tierney pursuit as he claims Celtic star ‘more rounded’ than £50m Man United signing

Neil Lennon insists Celtic are in a ‘strong position’ and will not be ‘pushed over’ by Arsenal in their pursuit of Kieran Tierney.

The Gunners have pursued the Scotland international all summer, having a second bid of £25million rejected on Monday.

Neil Lennon has sent a strong message to Arsenal over their pursuit of Kieran Tierney
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With the financial restrictions in place surrounding the north London outfit, it seems as though Arsenal have tried to structure the deal to their advantage.

But with Manchester United signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka for £50m this summer already, Lennon maintains the Bhoys will not be allowing a ‘far more rounded full-back’ to leave on the cheap.

“We can’t do anything about what clubs do in England,” he said.

“£50m for Wan-Bissaka is a lot of money and we feel that Kieran is a far more experienced and rounded full-back at this juncture in his career.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka completed a £50m move to Manchester United this summer
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“He’s an asset for us and we do have a value for the player and we rate the player very highly.

“So disrespectful is the wrong word but we’re certainly not going to be pushed over in any negotiations and we’re in a very strong position with regards to a number of our assets in the team.

“The club’s valuation of Kieran has not been met and until then we don’t have a discussion.”

Tierney is recovering from a summer hernia operation, with Lennon saying the defender is ‘a few weeks away’ from joining the rest of the squad for training.

“He’s a great player, a great talent,” added Lennon. “At 22, he’s already achieved a hell of a lot and he has so much more to give to the game.

“He’s our player. He’s on a long-term contract. While it’s a backhanded compliment for all the hard work people here have done over the years with Kieran, we don’t want him to go.

“Some of the players who have left here in the last few years have gone on to do all right in the English Premier League. We think we know what we’re doing in terms of developing players.

“But we don’t want them in the Premier League; we want them here with us playing in the Champions League.”

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Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny ‘very hurt’ by row with club, claims Chelsea striker and former teammate Olivier Giroud

Laurent Koscielny has been left ‘very hurt’ by his row with Arsenal over leaving the club this summer, Olivier Giroud has claimed.

The Gunners captain’s future is in doubt after he refused to go on the club’s tour of the US in order in an attempt to force through a return to his native France.

Koscielny’s Arsenal days appear to be numbered

Koscielny is believed to be upset at a supposed broken promise from Arsenal that would he would be allowed to return to Ligue 1 ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

Bordeaux, Rennes and Lyon are all reportedly interested in signing the ex-France international – and former Arsenal forward Giroud has expressed his sympathy for his compatriot

“Lolo is a good friend of mine,’ Giroud, now at Chelsea, told BBC Sport. “I’ve known him now for 10, 11 years. We played together in the second division [in France, at Tours].

“He’s been playing for Arsenal for nine years; he’s been the skipper for so many years – very respectful, very professional, always the best example for the young players.

“The club gave him the opportunity to play at Arsenal, and it was a big, big opportunity for him to show his quality in the Premier League.

“I think he has always been grateful about that and respectful to the club. I don’t understand how we have got to this situation.

Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle: Gunners one win away from securing Champions League place
Giroud and Koscielny are good mates

“I feel very sad for him because he’s a great person and the media wants to give a bad image of him.

“I’m not at the club, I don’t know what really happened – but one thing for sure is Lolo is very hurt by what’s happening and he’s an emotional person.’

Giroud added: “You cannot make a judgement when you don’t have all the clues.

“I’m pretty sure we don’t know everything in this situation. I hope both sides will find the best agreement.”

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Transfer news and gossip LIVE: West Ham in record swoop, Bale to Tottenham talk rubbished, Bruce ‘not good enough’ for Newcastle

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Kieran Trippier set to leave Tottenham for Atletico Madrid in £25m deal

Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier is understood to be on the verge of completing a move to Atletico Madrid.

Mauricio Pochettino is happy to offload Trippier this summer after a disappointing season from the England full-back.

Trippier has made 114 appearances for Tottenham since arriving from Burnley in 2015

Pochettino has two other good options at right-back in Serge Aurier and youngster Kyle Walker-Peters and can reinvest the funds he receives for the 28-year-old.

Despite his struggles last season, Tripper’s stock remains high across Europe, given his impressive performances at the 2018 World Cup.

Juventus and Napoli have been linked with the former Burnley man but it is Atletico who have followed up their interest.

And the Spanish giants are understood to be edging closer to finalising a deal of around £25m to secure Trippier’s signature.

Tottenham fly to Singapore on Wednesday as they continue their pre-season preparations and Trippier is not expected to be on the plane as he negotiates his exit.

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Transfer news and football gossip: Bale’s Tottenham return rubbished, West Ham agree Haller deal, Ceballos to Arsenal and Trippier nears Atletico Madrid rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Tuesday’s papers and online…

Gareth Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has rubbished claims the Wales forward is in line to return to Tottenham in a £54million deal this summer. – FULL STORY

West Ham have agreed a deal with Eintracht Frankfurt to sign striker Sebastien Haller, who has travelled to London for a medical. – FULL STORY

Sheffield United have signed former Man United and West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison on a one-year deal following a successful trial period. – FULL STORY

Arsenal are closing in on the loan signing of Dani Ceballos, the Real Madrid midfielder who has also been linked with Spurs. (AS)

Kieran Trippier is set to join Atletico Madrid from Tottenham with a £25million deal agreed between the two clubs. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United will launch an official bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes within the next three weeks. The Portugal midfielder is rated at around £60million. (Independent)

Arsenal have not yet matched Kieran Tierney’s asking price, Celtic manager Neil Lennon revealed. The Hoops boss also confirmed Arsenal have submitted two bids for the Scotland left-back. (BBC Sport)

Leicester have promised Harry Maguire he can leave this summer if Manchester United or City meet their valuation of £75million. That figure would equal the current world record fee for a defender paid by Liverpool when they signed Virgil van Dijk in 2018. (Telegraph)

Neymar has reiterated his desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer by detailing his intentions to the club’s sporting director Leonardo. The Brazil star has been heavily-linked with a return to Barcelona. (ESPN)

Neymar could well be making a sensational return to Camp Nou
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Newcastle have agreed to pay Sheffield Wednesday a compensation fee of £4million to acquire the services of Steve Bruce. Owls assistants Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence are also expected to join Bruce at St James’ Park. (Sun)

Victor Lindelof insists he is ‘very happy’ as a Manchester United player despite claims from his agent that Barcelona want to sign the Sweden defender. (Mirror)

Roma director Gianluca Petrachi has confirmed the Italian club want to sign Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld this summer. (Football Italia)

Toby Alderweireld has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the past

Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen has also been linked with a move away, however both players are set to travel with the club to Singapore on Wednesday. (Evening Standard)

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed midfielder Ethan Ampadu is likely to be sent out on loan for the season amid links to Aston Villa. – FULL STORY

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West Ham transfer news: How Hammers could look next season with Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals

Following Marko Arnautovic’s departure to China, West Ham’s priority has been to recruit a new striker.

Things didn’t get off to the best of starts after Uruguayan frontman Maxi Gomez opted to join Valencia from Celta Vigo earlier this month.

Arnautovic has left West Ham for Shanghai SIPG

However, it looks as though the Hammers have found their Arnautovic replacement as Eintracht Frankfurt’s Sebastien Haller is on his way to London to have a medical with the Premier League club.

The Bundesliga side club and West Ham have agreed a deal for the Frenchman, 25, which is thought to be worth around £45million.

Haller scored 19 goals for Frankfurt in all competitions last season, a decent return given he had to compete with the likes of Luka Jovic and Ante Rebic for game time.

Striker Haller is on his way to West Ham

This has been a busy summer window for West Ham which has seen them get rid of the likes of Lucas Perez and the injury-prone Andy Carroll.

They also sealed a deal for exciting Spain midfielder Pablo Fornals on a five-year contract earlier this summer.

With Haller and Fornals, West Ham have the potential to be a formidable team next season and has taken a look at how they might look in the 2019/20 campaign.

Option 1 – 4-1-4-1

The Hammers adopted this system last season and they’re becoming a more solid outfit having won their last three matches of the season.

Declan Rice should be a regular in the holding role but further up the pitch is where the changes in personnel could happen.

Ahead of Rice will be a midfield four which should see Fornals play alongside veteran Mark Noble but the Spaniard would have the more technical and attacking role, while Felipe Anderson and Michail Antonio could go on the left and right wings respectively.

Haller is a striker similar to Arnautovic in that he can hold up the ball well so should do just fine on his own up top.

West Ham played a similar system to this last season

Option 2 – 4-1-4-1 (Attacking)

However, the signings of Haller and Fornals could see West Ham go more attacking instead.

In this system, Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini could opt to play the Spaniard in an attacking midfield role alongside Manuel Lanzini, who is a fan favourite.

Anderson and Antonio are again on the wings, although perhaps dropping a little deeper to cover offer a little more protection, but this system would leave Noble struggling for a place in the starting XI.

At the age of 32, Noble’s West Ham career could be coming to a gradual end.

Could West Ham be a more attacking team next season?

Option 3 – 4-3-3

Pellegrini may go for a very positive style of play following Haller’s arrival and could even try a 4-3-3 system.

Haller would be at the tip of the front line and would effectively bring the likes of Anderson, Lanzini and Antonio into the game.

West Ham would have a midfield three with Rice in the holding role, alongside Noble and Fornals.

Fornals would have more licence to join the attacks due to his great quality which he showcased during the Under-21 European Championship in the summer.

Could Haller and Fornals’ arrivals see them adopt a new system?

Option 4 – 4-2-2-2

Former Manchester City boss could go back to winning formula after bringing in Haller and Fornals.

He used this formation successfully at Villarreal and at City but it could put a couple of fan favourites on the fringe.

Rice would, more than likely, form a shield with Noble or Jack Wilshere, allowing Arthur Masuaku and Ryan Fredericks to push further forward.

The high full-backs should see Anderson and Fornals operating behind a front two of Haller and Javier Hernandez, who was recently given the no.9 shirt.

Haller’s all-round ability would complement that of a poacher like Chicharito and could see them both in the goals.

Another option for Pellegrini with his new signings?
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Leeds United transfer news: Marcelo Bielsa watches Liverpool starlet Ryan Kent as Rangers lie in wait

Marcelo Bielsa scouted Liverpool starlet Ryan Kent on Sunday ahead of a potential loan deal.

The Leeds United boss delayed a pre-season trip to Australia in order to watch the Reds’ 3-1 victory over Bradford.

Ryan Kent impressed on Sunday against Bradford under the watchful eye of Marcelo Bielsa
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Rangers are still keen on signing the 22-year-old for a second successive loan stint, with Steven Gerard keen to bring the winger back to Ibrox.

However, Jurgen Klopp is yet to sanction a deal for Kent, who scored six times and made four assists in the Scottish Premiership last season.

And Bielsa’s scouting mission is sure to be of interest to the German, who allowed Harry Wilson to join Derby County last year.

The Argentine was reportedly also watching the Wales international, but it was Kent who caught the attention of Bielsa.

Kent had a hand in all three goals at Valley Parade, with Klopp promising to give the youngster every opportunity to impress in the three-game USA trip – with Liverpool facing Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting Lisbon.

He said: “The door is always open, but the boys have to go through by themselves. It is always like this in each pre-season.”

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