Arsenal: Arteta comments on Daniel Ek takeover speculation
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Daniel Ek has claimed he is “very serious” about wanting to takeover Arsenal from Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, having first tweeted about the idea last week. Ek, who is the co-founder and CEO of music streaming platform Spotify, wrote: “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.”
It then emerged that the billionaire had teamed up with three Arsenal ‘Invincibles’, with The Telegraph reporting that Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira were part of Ek’s consortium.
The Arsenal supporters’ trust has also backed the takeover, saying they “will support any potential purchaser who will allow fans to own a real equity stake and give fans a meaningful say in how our club is run”.
However, KSE are adamant that the club is not for sale.
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According to ESPN, Josh Kroenke held an internal phone call with club staff to reiterate that fact, with the American also stating that they would invest in the squad this summer.
KSE also released an official statement on Tuesday stating that they “will not entertain any offer” to buy the club.
The statement read: “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.
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“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.”
However, in an interview with CNBC on Wednesday, Ek insisted he was serious about buying the club and revealed he has already “secured the funding”.
He said: “Arsenal is my team I love the history, I love the players.
“Of course I love the fans and I see a tremendous opportunity to bring the club back to its glory.
“I want to establish trust with the fans and I want to engage the fans again.
“So to answer your question I am very serious. I have secured the funding and I want to bring a very compelling offer to the owners and I hope they hear me out.”
“As I started out saying I’ve been a fan for 30 year and I didn’t expect this to happen overnight and I’m ready for a long journey.
“All I can do is prepare what I think is a very thoughtful offer and bring it to them and hope they hear me out.”
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