Daniel Ek ready to table Arsenal offer
The relationship between Arsenal’s fans and ownership has been unhealthy for a long time.
Demonstrations have been held on numerous occasions, and the most sizeable to date occurred last Friday.
In the wake of the Super League fiasco, thousands of Arsenal fans congregated outside the Emirates to protest against Stan Kroenke’s running of the club.
This sparked a reaction from Spotify founder Daniel Ek, who revealed that he would be willing to throw his ‘hat in the ring’, should Kroenke Sports Entertainment decide to sell:
As a kid growing up, I’ve cheered for @Arsenal as long as I can remember. If KSE would like to sell Arsenal I’d be happy to throw my hat in the ring.
— Daniel Ek (@eldsjal) April 23, 2021
Arsenal’s fans, though, seeing the situation as almost too good to be true, were sceptical of the billionaire’s intentions. Many assumed it to be little more than a publicity stunt.
However, according to The Telegraph, Ek is indeed ready to make an offer for the Gunners.
No details regarding the scale of the bid or a timeframe have been provided, but it appears the interest is real, and a takeover could be in the offing.
No intention of selling
A Fan Forum was held before Friday’s protest in the wake of the Super League chaos, with Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham & Josh Kroenke having been in attendance.
The club released the minutes from the forum, in which it was revealed that Kroenke had answered a question relating to a possible sale.
When initially asked about the possibility, his response, according to the document, read:
‘Josh said they have supported the club over the last several years and the question is part of the issues facing the game. He said you can’t always be looking for the next person to pump tens of hundreds of millions into a club – that is not sustainable anywhere.
‘He said we are not afraid to be aggressive which may have been noticed over the last few transfer windows. He said funding was part of the discussion being had with the 6 Premier League clubs and in Europe. It’s not sustainable and recruiting the next wealthy person was not right for football.’
When pushed on whether there is an intention to sell, he simply added that he has “no intention of selling.”
If Daniel Ek is indeed adamant in his interest, he will surely need to come up with a sizeable offer to convince KSE to change their minds.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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