Arsenal takeover bid: Spotify owner 'very serious' about purchasing London club

Spotify owner Daniel Ek maintains he is 'very serious' about his Arsenal takeover bid even as the current owners seem unlikely to sell.

The Arsenal takeover bid is being driven by legends (from L-R): Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Patrick Viera. [Image: Twitter]

Spotify owner Daniel Ek maintains he is ‘very serious’ about his Arsenal takeover bid. The London-based club have seen fan protests take place outside of their stadium recently. The reason? Arsenal‘s involvement in the now-defunct European Super League.

Ek has also enlisted club legends Thierry Henry, Patrick Viera and Dennis Bergkamp to assist with the Arsenal takeover bid.

Yet while an Arsenal takeover seems unlikely even now, there is no denying the fact that fan apathy towards owner Stan Kroenke is at an all-time high.

And Ek, who is an Arsenal fan, believes he can ‘bring the club back to its glory’.

“I’ve been an Arsenal fan since I was eight. Arsenal is my team, I love the history, players and fans,” Ek told CNBC.

“I just see a tremendous opportunity to set a real vision for the club to bring it back to its glory. I’m very serious. I have secured the funds for it.

“I’m prepared that this could be a long journey. All I can do is prepare a very thoughtful offer and hope they hear me out.”

‘Arsenal not for sale’

The public stance of Stan Kroenke, however, remains that the club is not for sale and they will ‘not entertain any offer’ for their shares.

“In recent days we have noted media speculation regarding a potential takeover bid for Arsenal Football Club,” read a statement from the Kroenke family.

“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.”

Whether or not they can achieve those ambitions this season, at least, remain to be seen.

Arsenal currently sit 10th in the Premier League standings and are all but out of the race for the Top 4 spots, which guarantees Champions League qualification.

Their only route to the tournament is through winning the Europa League. They will host Villareal in the first leg of the semi-finals on Thursday (April 29).

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