Kroenke: Colorado Rapids led me to Arsenal

Arsenal supremo Stan Kroenke admits Colorado Rapids led him to get involved with the Gunners.

Arsenal supremo Stan Kroenke admits Colorado Rapids led him to get involved with the Gunners.

His involvement with Arsenal began simply with a desire to help the Colorado Rapids, his ‘soccer’ team who are the reigning MLS champions.

“We didn’t invest to come in and control the club,” Kroenke told the Telegraph. “I thought that we needed a strategic alliance with one of the big clubs. We did have lots of different opportunities presented to us to invest in European football. I didn’t have the motivation to do it until Arsenal.

“It is such a great club, such an interesting club. If we are going to invest in a European football club, I wouldn’t really want to invest in any other one. I know I’m supposed to say that, but it’s the truth.

“I like the tradition of Arsenal. I love London. I have a lot of friends in the UK. I like the fact that we have such a following internationally. Arsenal helps me learn over here and I think what we have learned over here helps Arsenal. That’s what motivates me. I like that part, to think we are all growing and learning.”

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