Thierry Henry admitted yesterday that he, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira have joined forces with Swedish billionaire Daniel Ek as he attempts to buy Arsenal Football Club. (Sky Sports)
The legendary Frenchman claimed: “When we knew first and foremost that he wanted to involve the fans, exactly what we talked about, we actually met the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust and told them what we wanted to do – bring them back on board, being part of the meetings, knowing what’s happening, because you’ve got to put the DNA back into the club.”
That is what every Arsenal fan wants from our owners. With Stan Kroenke and KSE, we’ve had none of that over the last 15 years. Silent Stan’s son, Josh, claimed that he will do everything to improve the relationship between the club and the supporters, but it’s really hard to believe him.
The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust have now spoken to Ek and co about their plans for the future. It is safe to say, the Swede has received backing from the fans, which is bad news for the Kroenkes.
AST: Ek has promised to work closely with fans
A statement from the trust read: “The AST welcomed a recent approach from Daniel Ek and his consortium partners Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira, and that they said meeting us was a priority for them.
“A constructive meeting was held and we were encouraged to hear their commitment to making the role of fans central to their proposals. This is very welcome and we look forward to further dialogue. We will engage with anyone who has a serious proposal, as it is important any current or future owner is aware of the importance of working with fans.
“We also continue to seek a constructive and meaningful dialogue with Stan and Josh Kroenke.
“Our message to all of them is simple: Football needs to change. Arsenal needs to change”
The Insider’s View:
The Kroenkes simply cannot deny the fact that the fans have been fair with them.
The statement from the trust once again sought ‘a constructive and meaningful dialogue’ from our current owners, but that is unlikely to happen anytime soon.
Ek has vowed to change that. The Swede, an Arsenal fan himself, wants supporters to have a say in decisions surrounding the club, and that is his biggest selling point as he prepares to attempt a takeover.
The Kroenkes’ stance at the moment is clear – Arsenal is not for sale. However, if a good enough offer does come in, things could change and Ek could get his hands on the club he has been supporting for over three decades.