Dennis Bergkamp

Dennis Bergkamp sends stern takeover message to Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke

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Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp has finally broken his silence on Daniel Ek’s attempt to takeover the club from Stan Kroenke this summer.

The Swedish billionaire has been very vocal about his desire to buy Arsenal. He revealed that he has been a Gooner for 30 years, and he has teamed up with club icons Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Bergkamp himself to get the fans on his side.

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Many expected that to put a ton of pressure on the Kroenkes, but our owners have stuck to their guns. KSE have rejected two bids from Ek in recent weeks, and it looks like there will be no change in ownership anytime soon.

However, Bergkamp isn’t ready to accept defeat just yet. He has publicly sent a message to the Kroenkes saying that neither Ek nor the three Arsenal legends are quitters and that they’re here to stay.

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Dennis Bergkamp to Stan Kroenke: We’re here to stay

He said in an interview with VI: “We can’t force anyone to sell. I understand that. In addition to that offer, Daniel (Ek) has now reached out twice to Josh Kroenke and his bankers. 

“Whatever Kroenke’s intentions are, it would be good if we at least have a conversation with each other, in the interest of the club. 

“Regardless, Daniel is not a quitter and neither are we football boys. We’re here to stay. The crazy thing is that we cannot imagine how the current players feel. Because we have always played for the championship ourselves. 

“We do know how the fans feel. We have already had a meeting with a supporters delegation. We also sense more and more enthusiasm on their side. That is very stimulating.

The Insider’s View:

Hearing about the Kroenkes rejecting Ek’s bid was sad, but it was expected, wasn’t it?

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Silent Stan and his son, Josh, have always made it clear that they will not sell the club. They stood firm when the rumours about Ek’s first bid surfaced, and they did the same when the offer actually arrived on their desk.

Henry and Ek have already claimed that they will not go anywhere and Bergkamp has now echoed the same. That puts the Kroenkes under more scrutiny than they’ve ever been, and that is a good thing.

The upcoming transfer window is arguably our most important one since the Premier League began.

If the Kroenkes really have Arsenal’s best interests in mind, they will try to make a real statement this summer. That will appease the fans to a certain extent, but if nothing changes, protests outside the Emirates will be a common theme next season.

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