Stan Kroenke to resist selling Arsenal despite Spotify founder Daniel Ek enlisting help of three Invincibles

Stan Kroenke to resist selling Arsenal despite Spotify founder Daniel Ek enlisting help of three Invincibles
The American billionaire has been the subject of angry protests from fans (Pictures: Getty Images)

Stan Kroenke has no intention of selling Arsenal and will fend off Spotify founder Daniel Ek’s bid to buy the club despite three Invincibles lending their support to the takeover.

Fans made their feelings towards their American owner very clear last Friday, protesting outside the Emirates prior to the club’s defeat to Everton and calling for Kroenke to sell up.

Upon seeing the scenes, Spotify CEO Ek, who is worth £3.1billion according to Forbes, tweeted that he would be ‘happy to throw his hat in the ring’ to buy Arsenal and his potential takeover bid has snowballed since then.

Stan Kroenke to resist selling Arsenal despite Spotify founder Daniel Ek enlisting help of three Invincibles
Ek has been an Arsenal fan since he was a child (Picture: Getty Images)

The 38-year-old Swede has now enlisted the help of a trio of Gunners legends – Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp – all of whom could be given roles at the club if a buyout is successful.

However, while Ek’s plans have quickly garnered the support of Arsenals fanbase, the Mirror report that there is little chance of the takeover materialising with Kroenke set to oppose any sale.

The Arsenal owner’s son Josh, a director at the club, confirmed at a fans’ forum last week that KSE had no intention of selling and that position remains the same.

In fact, it has been strengthened, with Kroenke said to be ‘more committed than ever’ to the club and prepared to fund a significant splurge in the summer transfer window.

Arsenal’s American owners want to ‘build bridges’ after the fallout of their sign up to the European Super League and they are determined to win over supporters on and off the pitch.

Supporters protest against Arsenal's US owner Stan Kroenke, outside English Premier League club Arsenal's Emirates stadium
The majority of Arsenal fans are keen for Kroenke to sell up (Picture: AFP)

Kroenke has resisted bids for Arsenal in the past, including from former shareholder Alisher Usmanov and Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote, and will not be tempted by Ek’s rumoured £1.8billion proposal.

Arsenal have endured another difficult season this year and sit in 10th place in the Premier League table, with European football looking unlikely for next season unless they can win the Europa League.

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