Thierry Henry has admitted that Daniel Ek’s takeover of Arsenal could take a long time, but he won’t give up as he has been a fan for “a long time”.
Ek recently tweeted about his interest in launching a purchase offer. Arsenal at night, fans demonstrated outside Emirates Stadium against current owner Stan Kroenke.
Kroenke, through his company Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, has since said he has no interest in selling – but Ek continues to move forward with his plans.
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He has former Arsenal players Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira – as well as Henri – supporting his candidacy and the club’s all-time top scorer explained how the trio got involved.
“It’s true,” he told Sky Sports of his involvement in a possible takeover bid.
“Daniel is an Arsenal fan – he didn’t say that for the publicity, he’s been an Arsenal fan for a long time.
“He approached us, we listened to him, when we knew first of all that he wanted to involve the fans, we actually met the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust and told them what we wanted to do; bring them back on board.
“He wants to re-inject Arsenal’s DNA, the identity that has long since disappeared.
“There aren’t any Arsenal members on the board who can sometimes show the right direction and that’s what Daniel wants to do.
“He has said before that he raised the funds to make sure he can make a good offer. Now, of course, they have to listen and see what they can do.
“Something very important about that, saying that they want the owner to leave the club, we are trying to offer a solution to have the fans as the DNA of the club.”
With Kroenke unwavering in his plans to reject any formal offer, Henry admits it will be a slow process – but that Ek is determined to follow through on his initial interest.
“A takeover will be very long and not easy if it ever happens,” he said.
“Daniel will not be leaving, he will be there waiting to see if they want to sell, it will take time.
“We know what we want to do, but first and foremost we have to make sure that we can take control, if they are listening.
“Let’s see where it goes, he held out his hand. I don’t know how far they went.
“I don’t have that kind of money to talk about it and I can’t talk like that about what it is, that is between Daniel and the Kroenke family – if they dare to accept the candidacy .
Henry then insisted that the bid had not developed due to dissatisfaction with performances or a lack of success on the pitch.
“It took a long time for Liverpool to win a trophy, but along the way they never lost their identity, they always stayed together,” he added.
“This is what we want to bring back, this DNA and this identity. If you had fans on set, the Super League would never have happened.
“Everyone is trying to chase Manchester City right now, it won’t be easy, but it’s not just about what’s going on on the pitch, but also what’s going on off the pitch and the fans aren’t. are not happy there. “