Five facts about Josh Kroenke, Arsenal's new director - 'I love London'

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33-year-old Kroenke has joined the board at Arsenal, so what can we tell you about this impressive 33-year-old.

Josh Kroenke has been added to the Arsenal board as a non-executive director.

Chairman Sir Chips Keswick announced the news on Thursday and the 33-year-old said of his appointment:

“It is an honour to join the Board of Arsenal. This reaffirms our family’s long-term commitment to the Club.”

So what can we tell you about him?

Here are five facts about Josh Kroenke…

1) This one might be a given - but Josh is the son of current majority shareholder Stan Kroenke. Josh is also the daughter of Ann Walton Kroenke - making him part of the richest family in the world, who own Wal-Mart.

2) Arsenal is not his only dalliance into the sporting market. Following in his father’s footsteps he is also involved at a senior level with big sport clubs in Denver.

He is currently the president of both the Denver Nuggets NBA basketball franchise and Colorado Avalanche NHL ice hockey team.

3) Interestingly he recently made a decision that should worry Arsene Wenger. He sacked long-serving Nuggets coach George Karl in June as he was in the final year of his contract and Kroenke was struggling to negotiate a new deal with him.

Considering his head coach might be distracted he decided it was best he moved on - against the fans wishes.

We doubt Josh will have that much pull at Arsenal just yet, but isn’t Wenger in the same position.

4) Kroenke himself is quite the sportsman. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in financial management. While there he was a captain as a junior and a senior after being ranked as one of the top 50 high school basketball players and receiving a sporting scholarship.

5) Kroenke, who has been successful at both the Nuggets and Avalanche, is perceived as the heir to his dad Stan’s fortune and he could one day be the man in charge of Arsenal FC.

He spoke of that possibility in 2011:

“That would be great. I don’t pretend to possess the knowledge base that the people over there who are running it do but, from a business stand-point in sports, it’s all similar yet different. I love London. I would love to be involved at some level but I have to understand what I am doing on the most intricate levels before I get involved in something like that.”

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