Things are heating up at Arsenal as Daniel Ek is reportedly readying a mammoth bid to buy the club off Stan Kroenke in the coming days.
The Spotify billionaire revealed on Twitter last week that he would like to put his name in the hat if KSE were open to selling the club. The Telegraph reported this week that Ek had joined forces with Arsenal legends Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira to boost his chances.
Arsenal fans are open to a change in ownership. Gooners would love nothing more than to see the back of our current owners, but the Kroenkes have just released a statement and it’s bad news for all of us.
The statement from KSE reads, as per The Athletic: “In recent days we have noted media speculation regarding a potential takeover bid for Arsenal Football Club.
“We remain 100 per cent committed to Arsenal and are not selling any stake in the club. We have not received any offer and we will not entertain any offer.
“Our ambition for Arsenal remains to compete to win the biggest trophies in the game and our focus remains on improving our competitiveness on the pitch to achieve this.”
The Insider’s View:
This really is sad, but we have to say that this was expected. The Kroenkes were never going to sell Arsenal, especially not for the reported £1.8 billion bid that Ek was preparing.
It will be interesting to see if Ek uses the likes of Henry, Bergkamp and Vieira to put pressure on KSE. That is the only way he can force the Kroenkes to do something that they don’t want to do, but it is extremely unlikely now.
All we can hope now is for the Kroenkes to stick to their words and back the club. The summer transfer window will be a huge test for KSE – if they invest, things will cool down. However, if they back away, the protests will be bigger than ever.