Thierry Henry has opened up about his involvement in an Arsenal takeover bid with a formal offer expected to be submitted this week.
Henry is one of the former players, including Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira, to have supported a take-over bid on the north London side led by Swedish billionaire Daniel Ek.
Ek, co-founder of the music streaming service Spotify, has announced his interest in buying the club and the Telegraph announces that a formal offer will be made by the end of the week.
Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is under increasing pressure to sell his majority stake in the club, as the Gunners’ involvement in the now-defunct European Super League proposal has intensified already fractured relations with the grassroots of fans.
Ek’s interest is seen as a potential positive change in the Emirates, with the Swede discussing his long-term admiration for the club and Henry revealed the 38-year-old is ready to take a patient approach to his candidacy. in power.
“It’s true. Daniel is an Arsenal fan, he hasn’t said it for any publicity. He’s been an Arsenal fan for a very long time,” Henry said on Sky Sports.
“He has already contacted [to the Kroenkes] and already told himself that he had raised the funds to make sure he could make a good offer.
“They now need to listen. Lots of people shouted that they wanted the owner to come out. We are trying to come up with a solution involving the supporters and to recover the DNA of the club.
“There must be a discussion, but he reached out. I think it’s going to be long and not easy – if it ever happens. One thing I want to reiterate is that Daniel will not be leaving, he will be there to see if they want to sell.
“It’s going to take a very long time, we know what we want to do, but first and foremost, we have to make sure that we can take over, if they are listening.”
Henry revealed how Ek enlisted the help of several Arsenal legends to support his takeover bid and explained how the group held talks with the Arsenal Supporters Trust as they sought to restore ‘l ‘identity’ of the club.
“He approached us, we listened to him,” he 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, be part of the meetings, find out what’s going on because you have to put the DNA back into the club.
“But he wants to re-inject Arsenal’s DNA, the identity that for me is long gone. There are no Arsenal members on the board who can point in the right direction. “
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