Daniel Ek and his team of Arsenal Invincibles look set to ignore Stan Kroenke’s Tuesday night statement and press ahead with their plans to buy the club.
The Spotify CEO confirmed his ambition to purchase the Gunners last week and is now fronting a £1.8billion bid alongside Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp.
Kroenke issued a firm rebuttal to Ek’s plans on Tuesday, insisting he will not entertain any offers for the club and that he remains “100% committed” to Arsenal.
It 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.”
According to the Telegraph, Ek is undeterred by Kroenke’s statement and intends to table a bid for the Gunners within the next 10 days.
The Swedish billionaire is prepared for a long haul battle with Kroenke which may last as long as ‘six months’ to reach its conclusion.
Tim Payton of the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust issued some words of advice to both parties as the battle to own the club intensifies.
He said: “What I would say to Daniel Ek is what I would say to Stan Kroenke, or any other prospective owner.
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“Last week showed football is broken and Arsenal is broken, things have to change. Change must happen at the ownership level and in governance.”
Ek, who is worth £4.1billion, threw his hat into the ring to buy Arsenal last week following the fallout from the failed European Super League project.
Confirming his intention to purchase the club, he tweeted: “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.”
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