The Telegraph revealed yesterday that Spotify billionaire Daniel Ek has teamed up with Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira to buy Arsenal from Stan Kroenke in the coming weeks.
That’s one way to get Arsenal fans on your side, isn’t it? The trio are arguably the greatest players to ever wear the famous red and white, and if they are backing Ek to takeover our club, will we too.
However, the biggest question here is about the roles Vieira, Henry and Bergkamp will be given if this takeover attempt goes through. All three of them are coaches who’ve had no experience at boardroom level.
With Mikel Arteta and Edu not expected to go anywhere, is there any room for the three Gunners legends? Football finance expert Kieran Maguire has had his say on the roles they will likely be given by Ek if he can get Arsenal off the Kroenkes.
He told Football London: “I think they’ll be front of house, for want of a better phrase. In the sense that they’ll be involved in the engagement with the fans which has been very lacking under Stan Kroenke.
“If you sit down and discuss things with people, you tend to get a more rational and reasonable response. What the Kroenke’s have failed to do is to give the fans the courtesy and respect to explaining what the plan is and involving them in it.
“There is no doubt that the three Arsenal players could act as ambassadors and effectively as a go-between the board and the fanbase – and that way you’ll win people over.”
The Insider’s View:
That’s exactly what Arsenal are lacking with the Kroenkes at the moment. The fans have no relationship with the board, and that is one of the biggest reasons why we want them out.
With ex-players/club legends acting as a medium between the fans and the board, a very good relationship can be built. That would unite the fan base and create a brilliant atmosphere in and around the Emirates – the complete opposite to what we have now.
Sadly, it doesn’t look like it will happen anymore. KSE have made it clear through a statement today saying that they will not entertain any offers for Arsenal any time soon. (Read here)
This was fun while it lasted, wasn’t it?