Stan Kroenke £60m Arsenal gamble pays off as Mikel Arteta proves Edu right with Liverpool call

Arsenal beat Liverpool 3-1 at Emirates Stadium on Sunday and three Gunners players signed in the January transfer window in 2023 had a huge impact on the result

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke with manager Mikel Arteta (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Stan Kroenke has not been afraid to splash the cash at Arsenal in recent seasons. Edu and Mikel Arteta have seemingly been given the green light by the American to spend big, as seen by the £105million signing of Declan Rice in the summer.

Kai Havertz was purchased from Chelsea for £65million during the same window, while Jurrien Timber also arrived from Ajax in a deal worth around £38million. In the 2022/23 summer window, Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira and Oleksandr Zinchenko all arrived for big fees.

These signings have helped transform Arsenal’s squad and has allowed the Gunners to challenge the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title. The Gunners are also now back in the Champions League and face Porto later this month in the round of 16.

Interestingly, all three players Arsenal purchased in the January transfer window in 2023 played a part in the Gunners’ 3-1 win over Liverpool on Sunday. Goals from Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard helped secure a vital three points for the north Londoners at Emirates Stadium, with a calamitous Gabriel own goal the only negative in what otherwise was a dominant performance.

Trossard, purchased from Brighton & Hove Albion for £21million plus £6million in add-ons in January last year, came off the bench in the second half to score Arsenal’s third of the afternoon. Jakub Kiwior, who arrived from Serie A side Spezia in a £21million deal in the same window, came on at half-time for the injured Zinchenko and had perhaps his best game in an Arsenal shirt. The Polish international didn’t put a foot wrong at left-back and now could start against West Ham United on Sunday.

It was Jorginho, however, who stole the show against Jurgen Klopp’s side. The former Chelsea midfielder was signed for £10million plus a further £2million in add ons in the same window Trossard and Kiwior arrived.

The Italian put in a man of the match performance against Liverpool and offered a calm and experienced head in the Arsenal midfield. With Thomas Partey injured and others like Vieira and Emile Smith Rowe struggling to convince Arteta, Jorginho proved his worth on Sunday and is perhaps starting to show his best form once again.

The fact Jorginho, Kiwior and Trossard all contributed to Arsenal’s vital win over Liverpool at the weekend will no doubt please Arteta and Edu. Kroenke, too, will perhaps also feel justified given his £60million investments are starting to come good. Given Arsenal are fighting for the Premier League and Champions League this season, the Arsenal owner will want this trend to continue and perhaps finish the campaign lifting some silverware.

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