Thierry Henry, the former Arsenal striker has confirmed to Sky Sports that Spotify owner Daniel Ek has reached out to Stan Kroenke regarding a potential takeover.
Ek made his intentions clear about the club when he put out a tweet during the protests that happened before the Everton game. Now, the Swedish billionaire has the funds needed to make a bid and Sky Sports claim that a bid of around £1.8bn will be launched this week.
Henry along with his former teammates Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira are backing Ek in this potential takeover. Speaking to Sky Sports on what it would take to get Kroenke to sell, this is what the French forward had to say:
“It is true. Daniel is an Arsenal fan; he didn’t say it for any publicity. He is an Arsenal fan for a very long time. He already reached out [to the Kroenkes] and already said himself that he had collected the funds to make sure that he can put in a good bid.
“There needs to be a discussion, but he reached out. I think it is going to be long and not easy – if it does ever happen. One thing that I want to reiterate is that Daniel will not move away, he will be there waiting to see if they want to sell.”
The former player said that he is convinced the CEO of the music streaming service can restore the ‘DNA’ of the club. Henry added to Sky Sports:
“But he wants to reinject the Arsenal DNA, the identity that for me is long gone. You don’t have Arsenal people there among the board that can show the right direction.”
There has been a growing discontent with the current ownership and that frustration reached its pinnacle after the Super League announcement. With the fans wanting change, they have a possible alternative at the moment. If and when Ek does make the offer, he is sure to have the support of those that love the club. And having three former greats does strengthen his position.
If by some chance, Daniel Ek and his team are able to convince the Kroenkes to sell, it will be a momentous decision. Based on what we have been hearing from the Swede, it looks like he wants to give the fans what they want. And with the backing of such beloved figures, the Gunners might be entering a new and hopefully successful era. We will know more about the future of the club in the coming weeks.
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