Stan and Josh Kroenke have released a short statement making clear they have no intention of selling Arsenal.
The decision to reaffirm their commitment to the club comes with speculation mounting that Spotify’s CEO, Daniel Ek, is readying a bid to buy the club.
Here’s what the statement says:
In recent days we have noted media speculation regarding a potential takeover bid for Arsenal Football Club. We remain 100% 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.
“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
Honestly, we’re not in any way surprised that the Kroenke family wants to hold firm. It’s what they do. They’ve not given up any of their other franchises over the years and ruffling the feathers of their own fans is something they’ve handled regularly.
Ek is apparently due to face the media tomorrow at which point he’s likely to be quizzed on his ambitions. It’ll be interesting to see what he says, but you have to say, at this point, it looks as though any notion of a takeover is already dead in the water.
More protests against our owners are due to take place at the Emirates this weekend.