Henry warns Ek’s Arsenal takeover bid could take ‘very long’ time


hierry Henry has warned Arsenal supporters that a potential takeover by Spotify founder Daniel Ek could take a “very long” time as he said the Swedish billionaire wants to bring back the identity and DNA of the club.

Ek recently tweeted his interest in launching a bid to buy Arsenal on the night fans were protesting outside the Emirates Stadium against current owner Stan Kroenke.

Kroenke, through his Kroenke Sports and Entertainment business, has since said he has no interest in selling – but Ek continues to move forward with his plans.

He has former Arsenal players Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira – as well as Henry – backing his bid and the club’s all-time leading goalscorer explained how the trio got involved.

“It is true,” he told Sky Sports of his involvement in a potential takeover bid. “Daniel is an Arsenal fan – he hasn’t said that for publicity, he has been an Arsenal fan for a long time.

“He approached us, we listened to him, 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; bring them back on board.

“He wants to reinject the Arsenal DNA, the identity that is long gone. You don’t have Arsenal people there among the board that can sometimes show the right direction and that is what Daniel wants to do.

“He already said he collected the funds so he can make sure he can make a good bid. Now obviously they need to listen and see what they can do.

“Something that is very important about it, saying they want the owner out, we are trying to offer a solution of having the fans as the DNA back of the club.”

With Kroenke steadfast in his plans to reject any formal offer, Henry concedes it will be a slow process – but that Ek is determined to follow through on his initial interest.

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