Arsenal homeowners Stan and Josh Kroenke stated on Tuesday they continue to be “100% dedicated” to the Premier League club, are not selling any stake and have not received and will not entertain any offers.
Swedish billionaire Daniel Ek, CEO and founder of music streaming service Spotify, said last week he would be interested in buying Arsenal if the club’s under-fire American owners wanted to sell the north London outfit.
British media reported Arsenal greats Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira were backing Ek’s bid.
Arsenal were among six English clubs who signed up for the proposed European Super League project before withdrawing amid a storm of protest from fans, players and the British government.
Thousands of Arsenal fans gathered outside Emirates Stadium ahead of the Premier League game against Everton on Friday to protest against the owners following the north London club’s part in the attempt to form the breakaway League. Arsenal lost 1-0 to Everton, which left the Gunners 10th in the standings.
Stan Kroenke has said any takeover talk is not welcome.
“In recent days we have noted media speculation regarding a potential takeover bid for Arsenal Football Club,” Kroenke stated in a joint assertion along with his son and director Josh.
“We stay 100% dedicated to Arsenal *and aren’t promoting* any stake in the Club. We haven’t acquired any provide and we is not going to entertain any provide.
“Our ambition for Arsenal stays to compete to win the greatest trophies in the recreation and our focus stays on bettering our competitiveness on the pitch to attain this.”
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he was in favour of his former players being involved in a potential takeover and offered to help the club in any way possible.
“You have two examples in the football world, former players who run a club like at Bayern Munich or big investors who buy a club like Manchester City,” Wenger instructed beIN Sports.
“I personally, as a soccer man, like the undeniable fact that former Arsenal gamers take over and have an recommendation … I’ll at all times assist Arsenal, and if I may also help them I’ll do it as properly in any manner.”
Proposals for a partially closed Super League involving 12 of the top clubs in England, Spain and Italy collapsed last week. Arsenal’s involvement further alienated the fans who have protested against Kroenke’s ownership on several occasions.
Last week, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said Stan Kroenke, CEO Vinai Venkatesham and other figures at the club involved in the Super League plan had apologised to the players and himself.
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