Daniel EK has reached out to Arsenal owner claims Henry


Thierry Henry has claimed that Spotify owner Daniel Ek has “reached out” to the Kroenke family to present an offer to buy Arsenal.

After the fiasco of the Europa League a few weeks ago, Gunners fans have been calling for the Kroenke family to sell the club and leave, something they have so far failed to do.

But Ek, who is backed by Henry, along with fellow club legends Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp, are confident in being successful with the bid of around £1.8 billion, expected to be officially made by the end of the week.

And Henry, speaking on Monday Night Football, said Ek will not give up on his bid to take over Arsenal regardless of the Kroenkes’ stance that the club is not for sale.

“I know a lot of people wanted to hear about [the takeover],” Henry told Sky Sports on Monday Night Football. “It is true. Daniel is an Arsenal fan, he didn’t say it for any publicity. He is an Arsenal fan for a very long time.

“He already – I’ll give you something – reached out [to the Kroenkes] and already said himself that he had collected the funds to make sure that he can put in a good bid.

“They now need to listen. A lot of people have been screaming that they want the owner out. We are trying to offer a solution involving the fans and getting the DNA of the club back.

“There needs to be a discussion, but he reached out.

He added: “I think it is going to be long and not easy – if it does ever happen. One thing that I want to reiterate is that Daniel will not move away, he will be there waiting to see if they want to sell.

“That is going to take a very long time, we know what we want to do, but first and foremost we need to make sure that we can take over, if they are listening.”

Henry says Ek’s priority is to re-establish Arsenal’s identity by handing power back to the supporters and reintroducing people who know the club’s traditions to the board.

Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer also discussed potentially using a “golden-share” scheme, which could give supporter groups the power to reject board decisions.

“He approached us, we listened to him,” Henry added.

“When we knew first and foremost that he wanted to involve the fans, we actually met the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust and told them what we wanted to do.

“We want to bring them back on board, being part of the meetings, knowing what’s happening because you need to put the DNA back into the club.

“But he wants to reinject the Arsenal DNA, the identity that for me is long gone. You don’t have Arsenal people there among the board that can show the right direction.”

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