Stan Kroenke has issued a statement reiterating his long-term commitment to owning Arsenal after speculation circled this morning that he could be tempted to sell to Alisher Usmanov.
Journalist Matt Scott claimed that pressure was being exerted on the American billionaire to sell his majority stake in the Gunners by both his son, Josh, and two board members at the Emirates.
Shock news: Kroenke camp said to be wavering over Usmanov bid. Hearing his son, Josh, and two #AFC board members are pressuring him to sell.
— Matt Scott (@Matt5cott) May 22, 2017
Within an hour, a statement from KSE was released via the Associated Press.
Kroenke statement saying Arsenal isn’t for sale pic.twitter.com/xfvDL6HBP8
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) May 22, 2017
It reads: “KSE UK, Inc notes the recent media speculation concerning its shareholding in Arsenal Holdings PLC and confirms that its shares are not, and have never been, for sale. KSE is a committed, long-term investor in Arsenal and will remain so.”
Is there more going on behind the scenes than meets the eye? Quite possibly. Either way, this is all getting a bit messy. And there’s no end in sight.