Revealed: Arsenal is on sale just days after Stan Kroenke insisted that he would not hold any offers for the club, with the owner quoting a price of £ 1.7 BILLION to potential buyers under fire two years ago
- Arsenal is for sale despite owner Stan Kroenke insisting otherwise
- Fans are calling on the American to sell after the European Super League farce
- Spotify billionaire Daniel Ek has expressed an interest in buying the club
- Mail on Sunday understands that Gunners have been effectively for sale for two years
Arsenal is on sale just days after Stan Kroenke insisted he would not receive any offers for the club.
Swedish Spotify billionaire Daniel Ek threw in his hat last week, saying he is preparing a bid for control of Arsenal.
And the word on the international investment circuit is that Arsenal has been effectively in the market – for about two years now.
The Mail on Sunday understands that it has been less than two years since Kroenke’s Denver-based holding company Kroenke Sports and Entertainment (KSE) received an approach from an international financial consortium.
Arsenal are on the market despite their subordinate owner Stan Kroenke insisting otherwise
Arsenal supporters are calling on owner Kroenke to sell the club after years of mediocrity
Rather than reject talks, as was previously the case with Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov and Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote, the interested party was told that KSE would be harboring bids in the region of £ 1.7 billion. No deal could be struck on that occasion, but it did show that everyone has a price, despite what Kroenke said last week.
In a statement, the Kroenke family said: ‘We remain 100 percent committed to Arsenal and will not sell any stake in the club. We will not accept any offer. ‘
Arsenal’s supporter groups have called on the club’s fans to gather outside the stadium for a second ‘Kroenke Out’ protest this Thursday ahead of the club’s semi-final against Villarreal. Manager Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, insists he is not worried about entering the biggest week of his short management career, but admits that anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
Two years ago, Kroenke (center) told an interested party that he would accept £ 1.7 billion for the club, effectively putting the Gunners on the market.
Spotify billionaire Daniel Ek has expressed interest in purchasing the Premier League club
The Spanish coach takes his battle-weary squad to a rejuvenated Newcastle today, with clearing a 2-1 deficit in Thursday night’s second leg in the Europa League semi-final against Villarreal the obvious priority. . Arteta has defended the club on all fronts in recent weeks, with fan protests against American owners turning from Kroenke Out to Arteta Out.
His team is struggling halfway through the table facing their worst season in 26 years, but when asked if he’s afraid of being fired, Arteta said, “Well, I don’t want to think that way. I want to think we’ll be in it [Europa League] final and then we have really positive consequences after that match.
“Consistency in results in the Premier League is very different from the Europa League, where we’ve been very consistent. We try to be as clear as possible in our messages.
‘There are some games where we started really well and didn’t finish that well. I don’t think there has been a pattern this season. ‘
Arsenal legends Dennis Bergkamp (L), Thierry Henry (C) and Patrick Vieira (R) would help Ek in his bid to buy The Gunners