Breaking: Stan Kroenke personally seals Arsenal deal

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Stan Kroenke has increased his stake at Arsenal – buying a further 22 shares in the club.

It’s the first time in two years that the club’s majority shareholder has increased his stake at the Emirtaes.

Word spread on Monday that 42 shares had been purchased, the most in a single day since March 2015 – and confirmation has now arrived that 22 of those had been bought by the American.

A statement said: “On 23rd January 2018, Arsenal Holdings plc (the “Company”) received notification that on 22nd January 2018, KSE UK Inc, wholly owned by Stanley Kroenke, a director of the Company, acquired 22 ordinary shares of GBP1.00 each in the Company at a price of GBP28,000 per share.

“Taking into account such acquisition, KSE UK Inc, wholly owned by Stanley Kroenke, has a beneficial interest in, and controls voting rights over, 41,743 ordinary shares in the Company, representing 67.09 per cent of the Company’s issued ordinary shares.”

The move increases Kroenke’s strangehold at the Emirates, with Alisher Usmanov’s Red and White Holdings the second biggest shareholder at 30.048 per cent.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has insisted Arsenal could still be in the market for further additions before the end of the transfer window – even if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrives from Borussia Dortmund.

“It depends on the opportunities we have. We can buy players, we are busy on all fronts,” said the Frenchman.

“We are open minded. Every opportunity we have to strengthen our squad we will take.

“If people want to buy our players we have to examine that. Players who have less chances to play we have done it. They deserve to play because they are great players who have left us.

“After that we will see at the end. A lot will happen in the last week in the transfer market, as usual.”

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