Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has sent a strong message to Stan Kroenke and KSE about rejecting Daniel Ek’s imminent bid to buy the club.
It is no secret now that the Spotify billionaire is keen to take over from the Kroenkes. Ek, admittedly, has been an Arsenal fan for over three decades now. He says that he wants to make the club great again, and most fans are already on his side.
Henry revealed yesterday that he, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira are all with the Swede, and he has claimed that Ek will not go anywhere anytime soon – even if Kroenke rejects his first offer.
He told Sky Sports Monday Night Football: “The takeover is going to be long and not easy if it does ever happen.
“One thing I want to reiterate is that Daniel will not move away, he will be there waiting to see if they want to sell and there again with us. That’s going to take time, a very long time.
“We know what we want to do, but, first and foremost, we need to make sure that we can take over, if they are listening.”
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That really is a strong message from Henry. He has made it clear to the Kroenkes that Ek will not back off, even if they reject his bid. The Swede will remain ready to pounce, and that is not good news for KSE.
The pressure on our owners will only go up in the coming days and weeks. It simply will not stop – unless Arsenal miraculously become the best in the world in a month’s time. That will not happen under the Kroenkes.
The timing of Ek’s bid is phenomenal. Almost everything is on his side in this takeover attempt. All he needs is for the Kroenkes to say yes, but it is unlikely that KSE will agree to sell for the reported £1.8 billion fee.
Ek will likely have to come back in with a better offer. If his own words and Henry’s comments from last night are anything to go by, the Spotify supremo is prepared to do that and more in the coming months.