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Thierry Henry insists billionaire Spotify owner Daniel Ek is ‘here to stay’ in Arsenal takeover bid

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry insists billionaire Spotify owner Daniel Ek is ‘here to stay’ despite the £1.8bn offer for the Gunners being rejected by Stan Kroenke – after the pair were spotted in the stands together during the derby in north london

  • Henry was one of the former players who supported a takeover by Ek
  • The pair were spotted in the Emirates on Sunday ahead of the North London derby
  • His £1.8bn bid was turned down by gunners owner Stan Kroenke
  • But Henry insisted he was serious about buying the club and will keep trying











Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has maintained Spotify founder Daniel Ek remains interested in taking over the club, despite a £1.8bn bid being rejected earlier this year.

Henry and Ek were spotted side by side in the stands at the Emirates on Sunday ahead of the North London derby, which Arsenal won 3-1.

The Frenchman was among a host of former players who backed a takeover of Arsenal by the Swedish billionaire in May, with many fans disillusioned with the running of the club by the Kroenke family.

Thierry Henry has insisted Spotify founder Daniel Ek remains interested in an Arsenal takeover

The pair were spotted in the Emirates stands on Sunday ahead of the North London derby

The pair were spotted in the Emirates stands on Sunday ahead of the North London derby

Sportsmail revealed in June that Ek was preparing a second offer ‘north of £2bn’ and was desperate to ‘make a deal’ after his first offer of £1.8bn was rejected by the embattled Gunners owner Stan Kroenke.

Henry, speaking on Sky Sports ahead of Crystal Palace’s clash with Brighton, said, ‘To get there you have to have someone on the other end to respond.

“He, we, is here to stay. There is currently no dialogue.

“I think it’s going to take a long time, but we’re here to stay.”

The Kroenkes insisted they 'didn't need the money' when Ek tried to buy the club last month

The Kroenkes insisted they ‘didn’t need the money’ when Ek tried to buy the club last month

Ek previously claimed that the besieged Gunners owner Kroenke had told him his family “didn’t need the money” when he tried to buy the club last time.

However, sources close to the Ek camp revealed that a second bid “north of £2bn” is being prepared and that they are “not going anywhere and trying to make a deal”. Club insiders have admitted they are waiting for a second offer.

However, according to The Mirror, Kroenke’s position has not changed and he will still not make a second offer to buy the Premier League giants.

The American owners are very unpopular with large parts of the Gunners fan base

The American owners are very unpopular with large parts of the Gunners fan base

Spotify founder Ek, ​​38, launched his bid amid raging protests against the US owners in the wake of their interest in joining the now doomed European Super League.

Ek took his interest to the public and outlined his vision for the future of the club, including fan ownership, board-level representation and a golden section for supporters.

Henry and his former teammates and fellow club legends Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp all publicly expressed support for Ek after his interest was revealed – but the Spotify boss still has a long way to go in convincing Kroenke to sell.

Kroenke, 73, who took full control in 2018, appears to remain adamant, despite being very unpopular with large parts of the club’s support. His son, Josh, is the club’s director and a key figure in its day-to-day business.

Ek has Gunners legends Dennis Bergkamp, ​​Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira on his bid team

Ek has Gunners legends Dennis Bergkamp, ​​Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira on his bid team

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