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Stan Kroenke’s bet on the Los Angeles Rams could pay off in the Super Bowl, but he spent nothing on Arsenal in January amid battle for Champions League places

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Stan Kroenke bet big on the Los Angeles Rams this season and they were rewarded with a Super Bowl berth.

Kroenke, of course, is also the owner of Arsenal and some fans may look enviously at how far ‘Silent Stan’ has gone to try and earn some silverware.

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Kroenke’s LA Rams reached the Super Bowl

The two clubs’ philosophies this season and their apparent ambitions are opposites.

The Rams have done everything they can to try to win a Super Bowl before their opportunity slips away, while with Arsenal it’s a much longer process, focused on developing young players.

Arsenal’s 2021 summer strategy showed that their goals were to buy young players and try to develop them into world-class players.

All six players manager Mikel Arteta signed were under 23 and he is hoping for a return on their £140million investment.

The Gunners have a real chance of finishing in the top four this season, which would be the first time since 2015/16, and giving them a huge boost for next summer and beyond.

Arteta's Arsenal made no additions in January, despite challenging top four

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Arteta’s Arsenal made no additions in January, despite challenging top four

Many teams would play in January and make signings to give them the edge, but Arsenal and Kroenke took a more measured approach.

The only player signed was Colorado Rapids defenseman Auston Trusty, a club Kroenke also owns, and loaned out directly.

Arteta reportedly traveled to the United States to discuss transfers with the owner, but they ended the January window with no additions to reinforce now.

The LA Rams have taken the complete opposite approach to a Super Bowl run.

Coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead essentially traded the future of the NFL franchise to sign experienced players.

Rams spent big to get Stafford from Detriot

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Rams spent big to get Stafford from Detriot

In 2019, they traded their 2020 and 2021 first-round picks to sign Jalen Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Early in the season, they traded their future 2022 and 2023 first-round picks to sign quarterback Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions.

They even traded several picks during the season to bolster their roster, giving away picks later to get running back Sony Michel from the New England Patriots.

While Von Miller joined the Denver Broncos in exchange for second- and third-round picks in 2022.

Superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr has also been picked in free agency to add another experienced and talented player to their roster.

Draft picks are a huge commodity in the NFL, but the Rams have taken the approach of ditching them and they’re one game away from seeing Kroenke’s gamble pay off.

In the 2022 draft, they won’t make a selection until the fourth round, but fans probably won’t care if they beat the Cincinnati Bengals in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Beckham joined the Rams midway through the 2021 season

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Beckham joined the Rams midway through the 2021 season

Kroenke invested a lot of money in the LA Rams, building them the impressive SoFi Stadium which will also host the Super Bowl.

It cost more than £4billion, nearly double the original projection, and he was forced to take out two more loans from the league, totaling £725million, to complete the project.

“We have been working on this project for several years and it is wonderful to see it come to fruition. Reach the big game, the big game in our house,” Kroenke told NFL Network after the Rams won the NFC Championship Game.

“It means a lot to the region and we are proud of it. The economic benefits, I’m really proud to come to Inglewood.

Arsenal fans can watch with a touch of envy just how involved Kroenke is with the Rams and his willingness to support their ‘win now’ approach.

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