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Stan Kroenke could be even more determined to stay at Arsenal following recent fans protests’ against his ownership of the Premier League club, it has been claimed. Kroenke and his company KSE have faced calls to sell up after supporters vented their feelings over the failed European Super League bid, with Spotify founder Daniel Ek having made it clear he wants to buy the club.
Kroenke Sports & Entertainment this week released a statement reiterating they were not selling any stake in the club following fans’ protests against their ownership.
Supporters demonstrated outside the Emirates after Arsenal were involved in the hugely controversial European Super League fiasco.
The club joined the rest of the Premier League’s so-called ‘Big Six’ in pulling out of the plans following a furious backlash from across the world of football – but the debacle has heightened feelings against Kroenke and KSE.
Spotify CEO Ek has since expressed his desire to buy the club he has supported all his life – enlisting the support of Arsenal legends Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry.
But calls for Kroenke to go could make the American even more stubborn in his determination to remain in control.
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That’s the claim from David Ornstein of The Athletic – who says the battle for the club is likely to rumble on with Ek “here to stay:.
“What if the protests which are at the highest they’ve ever been among the Arsenal fan base right now, added to by the presence of legends, which has built some real momentum, continues to gather momentum?” he asked on the publication’s YouTube channel.
“What if those issues in the USA can take even more of their focus away from Arsenal?
“Now, my hunch, from speaking to a number of people is that events of recent weeks – the protests and the Super League that never was – has actually emboldened or is likely to embolden and strengthen Kroenke’s resolve to keep hold of Arsenal.
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“You wouldn’t imagine he would sell now, you might imagine he would have sold a couple of years ago when he took full ownership or he might sell in better times.
“What we’re hearing from Daniel Ek is that he’s here to stay, he’s not going anywhere despite the statement.”
This week, KSE released a statement which read: “In recent days we have noted media speculation regarding a potential takeover bid for Arsenal Football Club.
“We remain 100% 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. Stan Kroenke and Josh Kroenke Kroenke, Sports & Entertainment.”
In response, Ek said: “I certainly didn’t expect that this would happen overnight. I’m prepared that this could be a long journey.”
Gunners legend Martin Keown wants Kroenke to “step aside” if he’s not serious about investing cash into Mikel Arteta’s first-team squad in the upcoming summer transfer window.
He told BT Sport: “The Kroenkes have said they’re going to spend money, if they’re not then they need to step aside.
“They’ve got plenty of that. They’ve spent £1bn to buy shares, the club is worth £3bn so it’s a massive investment.”
Keown said of Ek: “I think he’s for real, and the former players getting involved they wouldn’t if they didn’t think it’s a real opportunity.”
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