In a tweet on the 23 of April, Spotify founder Daniel Ek expressed his potential interest in buying Arsenal. “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.”
This comes after continued protests by Arsenal fans directed at the Arsenal hierarchy over Arsenal’s involvement in the European Super League.
Matt Law of the Telegraph now reports that Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira are teaming up with Ek in a potential takeover bid. It is understood that if Ek is successful, Henry, Bergkamp and Viera could all return as part of a new set-up. The move would be a popular one with all three being hugely adored by fans of the club.
Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ Set to Join Daniel Ek in Arsenal Bid
Daniel Ek a Serious Buyer
Ek’s offer is not a publicity stunt. The Swede is worth £3.4 billion and as a lifelong Arsenal fan, he is more that motivated to buy the club. By including club legends like Viera, Henry and Bergkamp, Ek is showing that he wants to return Arsenal to the glory era of the early 2000s.
Thierry Henry echoed this by saying that he no longer recognises the Arsenal he loves and backed the protests against Kroenke. Speaking to the Telegraph he said: “This club belongs to the fans, I love the club and I will support the club until I die, but I do not recognise my club and what happened just now, with them trying to join a league that would have been closed, makes no sense to me.”
Stan Kroenke Not Ready to Sell
If Daniel Ek is going to be successful he will have to convince Stan Kroenke to sell. Kroenke owns Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, which is the holding company of Arsenal. Kroenke currently has no plans to sell the club, but continued protests from fans could pressure him to do so.
Kroenke’s son Josh, who is an Arsenal director insisted that the club is not for sale. Speaking at a fans’ forum on Thursday he said: “When are we going to sell? I am not willing to answer that question because we have no intention of selling.”
However, if protests similar to that we saw outside the Emirates before Arsenal’s Premier League game against Everton on Friday continue, the Kroenke’s may have to revaluate their position.