Arsenal’s owners have confirmed they remain “100 per cent committed” to the club and will not entertain offers following reports Spotify founder Daniel Ek was considering a takeover bid.
Swedish billionaire Ek last week sent a tweet saying he would be interested in purchasing the Premier League club, which is owned by Stan Kroenke through his Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) business.
Gunners legends Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira were also on board to wrestle control from Kroenke Sports and Entertainment.
However, a KSE statement was released on Tuesday and read: “In recent days we have noted media speculation regarding a potential takeover bid for Arsenal Football Club.
“We remain 100 per cent committed to Arsenal *and are not selling* any stake in the club.
“We have not received any offer and we will not entertain any offer.”
Arsenal were one of six Premier League clubs to sign up for a breakaway European Super League before quickly withdrawing from the process, sparking fresh protests against Kroenke’s ownership.
Thousands of supporters marched on the Emirates Stadium ahead of Friday’s Premier League defeat to Everton.
“Our ambition for Arsenal remains to compete to win the biggest trophies in the game and our focus remains on improving our competitiveness on the pitch to achieve this. Stan Kroenke and Josh Kroenke Kroenke, Sports & Entertainment,” concluded the statement.
Rio urges Arteta not to make Willock mistake
Rio Ferdinand believes that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta must hand Joe Willock a role next season after his loan spell at Newcastle.
Willock joined the Gunners as a boy, but made the difficult decision to leave his hometown club in January. While he made 16 appearances in the first half of the season, he failed to last the full 90 minutes in several games. As such, he moved up north to St James’ Park in the winter to find more game time.
Indeed, he has proved his doubters wrong, making a fantastic impression for Steve Bruce’s men.
He has played in all but one Premier League game since moving to Tyneside, scoring four goals to boot.
What’s more, they have proved crucial goals in Newcastle’s fight to pull clear of the relegation zone; he earned a point against Liverpool on Saturday after scoring the winner in a 3-2 thriller with West Ham.
Newcastle are eyeing a permanent deal for the 21-year-old, but one journalist says that the player’s fee could prove a stumbling block for the Magpies.
In the event that Willock returns to London, Ferdinand believes that his form has warranted him a bigger role.
“You know what, I like Joe Willock,” the pundit told FIVE.
“He’s someone at Arsenal that I would have kept. He’s a good young player. If Arsenal don’t take him back and have him around that squad… I don’t know, man.
“I really like him and I like his personality. He’s not shy to come on the big stage and play and perform.
“And the last three goals he’s scored have been massive goals for Newcastle. It shows he’s got the temperament.”