Josh Kroenke was spotted at the Emirates Stadium following Arsenal’s elimination from the FA Cup. The Gunners suffered a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool, highlighting once again their inability to capitalise on goal-scoring opportunities in a frustrating night in North London.
According to reports, Josh Kroenke went down to the home dressing room following the defeat to speak to the players, as well as Mikel Arteta and his coaching staff. The squad is now set to fly to Dubai during the winter break in the hope of turning their form around.
This loss underscores the pressing need for Arsenal to secure a clinical striker if they are to compete for trophies and break their Premier League title drought. Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah have struggled to demonstrate consistency in front of goal this season, while Kai Havertz faced difficulties as a center-forward against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Despite taking 18 shots against Liverpool, Arsenal failed to find the back of the net, with the closest attempt being Martin Odegaard’s shot hitting the crossbar. Havertz, Reiss Nelson, and Bukayo Saka all missed golden opportunities before Jakub Kiwior’s own goal in the second half gave Liverpool the lead.
Luis Diaz scored a late goal to secure Liverpool’s place in the FA Cup fourth round with a decisive finish, leaving Aaron Ramsdale helpless.
Illustrating Arsenal’s goal-scoring woes, especially at home, they have now gone 48 shots without scoring in the last two fixtures at the Emirates Stadium.
With pressure mounting on the club to acquire a new No.9 who can lead Arsenal to success, director Josh Kroenke, son of owner Stan Kroenke, was seen walking through the mixed zone after the final whistle. Sporting director Edu Gaspar is likely to be in discussions with the Kroenkes and Arteta regarding potential moves Arsenal could make in January, though the club’s budget remains unclear.
Arsenal had to secure David Raya on an initial loan deal in the summer to adhere to Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. While the Gunners have been linked with moves to sign players like Ivan Toney and Dominic Solanke in recent weeks, it is probable that the club will need to sell before they can make new signings this month.