Kroenkes release fresh statement over Arsenal ownership amid takeover talk
The Kroenkes insist they have no intention of selling Arsenal amid reports of a potential takeover bid from Spotify chief Daniel Ek and three of the club’s former Invincibles.
According to The Telegraph, Ek was plotting a bid to relieve the Gunners of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment’s unpopular ownership along with Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp.
The Spotify founder and chief executive, believed to be worth £3.5billion, has publicly confirmed his interest in buying Arsenal, of whom he is an avid supporter.
News of his potential takeover was music to the ears of Arsenal fans, whose relationship with the Kroenkes is at breaking point following last week’s European Super League debacle.
However, in a major blow to Ek, the three Invincibles and Gunners supporters, Stan and Josh Kroenke have ruled out any possibility of a takeover in a statement released to Bloomberg.
The statement reads: “In recent days we have noted media speculation regarding a potential takeover bid for Arsenal Football Club.
“We remain 100 per cent committed to Arsenal and are not selling any stake in the club. We have not received any offer and we will not entertain any offer.
“Our ambition for Arsenal remains to compete to win the biggest trophies in the game and our focus remains on improving our competitiveness on the pitch to achieve this.”
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The Kroenkes’ refusal to sell Arsenal will come as a huge frustration to Ek, who opened up on his love for the club on Twitter last week.
The Swede said: “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.”
Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solekhol also revealed that Ek is “an Arsenal obsessive” who “watches every single game, including on his laptop in Spotify board meetings.”
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