Arsenal have confirmed that both Stan Kroenke and Josh Kroenke have moved into new roles to become Co-Chairs of the Gunners in a major off-field shake-up. The behind-the-scenes changes have also seen Tim Lewis unveiled as the club’s Executive Vice-Chair.
An Arsenal statement, published on Wednesday morning, read: ‘We are pleased to announce Stan Kroenke and Josh Kroenke have become our Co-Chairs whilst Tim Lewis becomes our Executive Vice-Chair.
‘The appointments are a recognition of how our leadership structure has evolved over the past several seasons since Kroenke Sports & Entertainment assumed 100 per cent ownership of Arsenal Football Club in 2018.
‘Stan, Josh and Tim have worked together to drive our club forward and their appointments bring clarity to our structure that reflect their roles and responsibilities and will ensure we continue in our pursuit of progress and success.
‘Stan Kroenke said: “This is a simple evolution as part of us all driving Arsenal forward and further reaffirms our family’s long-standing commitment to this great club. Stability in football has never been more important as we move past the pandemic, and we believe this is the perfect time to formalise these roles.
‘”Our objectives and ambition will never waver – to field teams that compete for trophies at the highest level and lead our club in a way that inspires our passionate supporters around the world.
‘“Supported by our Director, Phil Harris, and together with our Executive Team and all our wonderful people, we have an incredible opportunity to build on the values and traditions of Arsenal Football Club.”’
With Arsenal seemingly on the verge of something special on the field, the Gunners are keen to ensure they have everything in place upstairs to maximise their chances of success.
The club have come a long way since Gunners chief Stan Kroenke bore the brunt of growing fan unrest at Aston Villa in the summer of 2020, when a ‘Back Arteta Kroenke Out’ banner was flown over Villa Park by a plane.
At the time, Mikel Arteta had expressed concerns over the club’s transfer budget but since then the recruitment – driven by the Spaniard and sporting director Edu – has been virtually faultless to elevate the club to new heights.
Arsenal are now five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League and should they beat Crystal Palace this weekend, they can extend the gap to eight points.
City are in FA Cup action this weekend meaning Arsenal have the perfect chance to put another three points on the board as they look to pull clear of their title rivals.
Speaking back in August, Arteta had lauded the support of the Kroenke family, stating their backing was as good as he’s seen within football.
Arteta said of the club’s top brass: “I think the commitment and desire of this ownership is without a question or doubt as good as I’ve seen in football. They’re on it, they want to take this club to a completely different level. They have the ambition, and it’s clear, there is so much evidence that they’re giving us all the support we need in order to do that.
“So it’s great to see as well that now there is a little bit of change in that talk and even our supporters and everybody around the world is talking very differently about what is happening here.”
While Stan Kroenke is the owner of several franchises within American sport including the Los Angeles Rams and Denver Nuggets, Arsenal are his only investment outside of the USA.