Mikel Arteta says the Kroenke family have sent a strong message about their commitment to Arsenal after releasing a statement dismissing suggestions they could be tempted to sell the club.
As rumours swirled yesterday that Spotify’s billionaire founder Daniel Ek was raising funds for a potential bid, the Americans took the sting out of the situation by making clear they “will not entertain any offer.”
Their stance comes despite huge opposition from supporters who protested against them in their thousands last Friday.
“We spoke to them and I think they were very clear,” said Arteta on Wednesday morning.
“They showed the commitment to the football club and their ambition for the football club. We all want a successful team on the pitch, I think they were very clear and it took any doubts out of the situation, I think.
“A lot of talks and speculation has been surrounding the situation in the last week or so. Our fans raised their voices during the match against Everton but now we have a very clear and committed statement from the ownership. I think when they said what they said last night, that that [doubt] is gone. They’ve showed the commitment and the desire to take the team where we all want. I think it’s clear that we’re moving forward.
“I said from the beginning what my perception was, all the communications I’ve had with them. They are fully excited and committed to this project and they want to push everybody to do what we want to do.”
On Daniel Ek having the backing of Arsenal legends – it has been reported that Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry are helping him build his proposal – and the prospect of such a consortium causing a split amongst the fanbase, he added: “Listen, I cannot control the speculation and what is going on. What I like to know and talk about is the reality. And the reality is that we have owners that are really, really committed and that they want a successful team on the pitch and they are going to do everything they can to achieve that. This is what we have and I am fully supportive of them.”
More supporter protests are set to take place at the Emirates this weekend and they could become a running theme for the foreseeable future.
“Again, this is nothing I can control,” said Arteta. “They have the freedom and the possibility to express themselves. If you ask me as a manager what I want towards the team, obviously, I want stability around all the sectors at the club because I know it’s the best for the players and the best for the performances of the team. The players need their supporters fully committed behind the team. The moment we have them in our stadium, I’m sure that will be the case.”
Looking on from afar, Arsene Wenger didn’t seem to rate Ek’s chances of sealing a takeover despite his PR offensive over the last few days. Speaking to beIN Sports about the situation, he said: “For the project, the best deals are made when nobody knew about it and you come out and it is done.
“Once you announce things, you have a mountain to climb after. Nobody wants to give in and I think it is better always if you do your deal, then when it is done you come out and tell people what you want.
“I will always support first Arsenal. If I can help Arsenal, I will do it as well, in any way. That’s my answer.
“After that I am happy in my life today. Overall I am not in any demand.”