There’s an extraordinary story in the news today that an Arsenal supporting tech billionaire has teamed up with three of the greatest Invincibles to attempt to buy out Stan Kroenke and take over our club.
Daniel Ek, a Swede, is a founder of the music streaming service Spotify and reportedly has a personal fortune of £3.9 billion. Spotify itself is worth nearly £60 billion.
According to the Daily Telegraph: “Ek is working with Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira, three key members of Arsenal’s 2003/04 Invincible team, on a bid to take control of the Gunners.
“If Ek is successful, then it is understood Henry, Bergkamp and Vieira could all return to Arsenal to be part of the new set-up, with their knowledge of the club and the fan-base already proving invaluable to his plans.”
Ek sent out the following message 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.”
The move comes just a few days after the ignominious collapse of the ill-fated European Super League in which Kroenke Sports Entertainment was heavily involved.
Thousands of fans gathered outside the Emirates before our game with Everton on Friday night to hammer home the “Kroenke Out” message.
The involvement of Bergkamp, Henry and Vieira carries huge emotional weight and the fact that Ek is a genuine Arsenal fan is a big plus.
It’s been too long since we had owners who share the supporters’ passion for Arsenal.
There is no indication that KSE has any interest in selling up, but with the fans almost unanimously against them and the damage they have taken from their involvement with the ESL, perhaps the time is right.
Bring it on, is my view.
We need to redouble our efforts with the “Kroenke Out” campaign and pile on as much pressure as possible in the hope that the Americans will decide it’s just not worth the reputational damage to maintain their ownership.