PICTURED: Mikel Arteta flies to America to meet with Stan Kroenke before end of the January window

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PICTURED: Mikel Arteta flies to America to meet with Stan Kroenke before the end of the January transfer window as Arsenal boss takes in NHL action alongside club’s owner

  • Mikel Arteta has been pictured standing alongside Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke
  • The pair were seen in Denver, Colorado at a National League hockey game
  • They were watching Colorado Avalanche beat Chicago Blackhawks 2-0
  • It came after it was revealed that Arsenal would offer Arteta a new contract 
  • Their meeting also took place six before the end of the January transfer window


Mikel Arteta flew to Denver, Colorado, to meet with Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke at a National League hockey game.  

The pair were seen standing together as they watched Colorado Avalanche beat Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 on Monday evening. 

Their meeting came after it was revealed that Arsenal would offer Arteta a new contract and just six before the end of the January transfer window. 

Mikel Arteta flew to Denver, Colorado, to meet with Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke (above)

Mikel Arteta flew to Denver, Colorado, to meet with Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke (above) 

The reason behind Arteta’s trip to the States has not been disclosed, but it seems likely that he would have met with Kroenke to discuss the January transfer window. 

Arsenal are looking for a striker and midfielder to help them win their first game of the calendar year and require Kroenke to part ways with large sums of cash to make it happen. 

Therefore, it seems reasonable to suggest that the Arsenal manager flew to Denver, Colorado, to discuss cash flow before the end of the transfer window. 

Their meeting came after it was revealed that Arsenal would offer Arteta (above) a new contract and six before the end of the January transfer window

Their meeting came after it was revealed that Arsenal would offer Arteta (above) a new contract and six before the end of the January transfer window

The Arsenal board has been impressed with Arteta's developments of youngsters like Bukayo Saka (left) and Emile Smith Rowe (centre)

The Arsenal board has been impressed with Arteta’s developments of youngsters like Bukayo Saka (left) and Emile Smith Rowe (centre)

Additionally, Arteta could have been in the States to discuss his contract extension at Arsenal as the club chiefs are said to be happy with his contribution so far. 

Arsenal’s hierarchy are said to be happy with with Arteta’s progression since he replaced Unai Emery two years ago and are eager to retain him. 

Despite finishing eighth in the Premier League in both his seasons in charge, Arsenal are confident they are taking major steps forward under Arteta.

They are satisfied with the fact he is building his team around Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, and sidelining high-earning older stars such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.  

They are satisfied with the fact he is sidelining stars like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

They are satisfied with the fact he is sidelining stars like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal are also conscious that the expiry date of Arteta’s contract in summer 2023 coincides with Pep Guardiola’s planned departure date at Manchester City

Arsenal are also conscious that the expiry date of Arteta’s contract in summer 2023 coincides with Pep Guardiola’s planned departure date at Manchester City

Arsenal are also conscious that the expiry date of Arteta’s contract in summer 2023 coincides with Pep Guardiola’s planned departure date at Manchester City.

They are concerned that continued improvement for Arsenal could see him emerge as Guardiola’s potential successor.

Nevertheless, the 39-year-old manager is said to be happy at Arsenal and will welcome the talks. 

Additionally, any extension would lead to an increase on his £5million salary, with Arsenal seeking to commit Arteta to the club for two more years. 

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