Thierry Henry has confirmed that he is in talks with Spotify CEO Daniel Ek about launching a takeover bid for Arsenal.
Arsenal’s current owners, the Kroenke family, have become increasingly unpopular during their time at the club. Fans believe they do not have the club’s best interests on their minds.
Following the recent European Super League debacle, many Arsenal fans protested against Kroenkes’ ownership during their home game against Everton and demanded that they sell their stake in the club.
In response, Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek made his plans to buy the club. The Swede claims to have been an Arsenal fan since he was a child and has outlined plans to bring the Gunners back to the glory days.
There were also reports that club legends Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira had joined Ek in his takeover bid. Now Henry has confirmed these reports.
Talking to Sky Sports, the Frenchman said: “It is true. Daniel (Ek) is an Arsenal fan – he did not say that for any advertising. He had already reached out (to Kroenkes) and said himself that he had gathered the funds to ensure that he could make a good bid.
“They now need to listen. Many people have screaming that they want the owner out. ”
Henry played for the North Londoners for eight years from 1999 to 2007 and returned briefly in 2012. During this time he scored 228 goals in all competitions and thus became the club’s top goal scorer.
He won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups with the club as well as four Golden Boots, two European Golden Shoes and two PFA Player of the Year awards. A statue of the spire stands outside the Emirates Stadium.
“We are trying to offer a solution that involves the fans and gets the club back,” he added. “There must be a discussion, but he reached out. I think it’s going to be long and not easy if it ever happens.
“It’s going to take a very long time – we know what we want to do, but first and foremost we need to make sure we can take over if they listen.”
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