Arsenal legends Thierry Henry, Patrick Viera and Dennis Bergkamp are reportedly interested in purchasing the Premier League club. The London-based football team are currently own by American billionaire Stan Kroenke. However, the Missouri-based businessman has always been an unpopular figure among the club’s fanbase. Apathy towards the owner is at an all-time low, however, thanks to Arsenal’s involvement in the failed European Super League project. The club were among one of six Premier League teams to be a part of the venture. And the idea that Kroenke was one of the major driver’s of the idea has led to renewed protests against him.
Over 1000 fans took part in a protest outside the Emirates Stadium on Friday ahead of the match against Everton. Yet the Kroenke family have insisted the side are not for sale.
Yet the Arsenal legends are considering making a bid alongside Swedish billionaire Daniel Ek. Ek is the founder of music streaming service Spotify.
On Friday, Ek had signalled his interest of buying the club on Twitter. “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.”
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
Whether or not the sale actually goes through is up for debate. Kroenke is a wealthy man and Arsenal are a profitable organisation.
They were, however, hurt hard by their insistence to join the Super League. They withdrew after fan protests and the owner’s son Josh has publicly apologised to the fanbase.
The owner also had to apologise to manager Mikel Arteta. Additionally, CEO Vinai Venkatesham called and apologised higher-ups of all the remaining 14 Premier League clubs.
Arsenal are currently 10th in the league table. However, they could secure Champions League qualification if they win this season’s Europa League.
They will face Villareal in the first leg of the semi-final this week. Interestingly, the Spanish side are managed by former Gunners manager Unai Emery.