Paul Merson makes prediction over ‘very strange’ Arsenal takeover bid

Daniel Ek, co-founder and chief executive officer of Spotify Technology SA, arrives for a morning session of the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. The 35th annual Allen & Co. conference gathers many of America's wealthiest and most powerful people in media, technology, and sports.
Ek has expressed interest in buying Arsenal (Picture: Bloomberg via Getty)

Paul Merson is ‘dubious’ over how serious Daniel Ek is about buying Arsenal but suspects that the Gunners are stuck with current owner Stan Kroenke regardless.

Ek, the owner of music streaming platform Spotify, insists he is ‘very serious’ about taking control of the club and has raised the required funds.

Arsenal fans are keen for the club’s ownerhship to change hands, with the Kroenke family facing widespread criticism in the aftermath of the failed European Super League plot.

Ek is said to be backed by club legends Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp and the Swede is said to be preparing a bid to take control.

Martin Keown and Arsene Wenger are among those who have raised their concerns over the public nature of Ek’s interest and Merson shares their scepticism.

But regardless, he is not convinced that the Kroenke family will sell up.

‘Is Daniel Ek serious about buying Arsenal? I’m always dubious of things like this,’ Merson told the Daily Star.

Paul Merson questioned Arsenal takeover talk regarding Spotify owner Daniel Ek
Merson is not convinced by the takeover talk (Picture: Sky Sports)

Who would put on Twitter that they want to buy a football club? I can’t imagine if you wanted to buy JP Morgan you’d do it on social media…

‘But everyone’s heard of Spotify now, haven’t they? Call me a cynic but it’s great free advertising for them.

‘If he buys Arsenal I’ll say fair play to him. But I find it very strange. If you really wanted to take over the club you wouldn’t do it like this.

‘I can’t see any way in a million years that Stan Kroenke sells anyway. Arsenal makes him money.

‘It’s not like he lives here and the fans can make his life a misery and hound him out. He never goes to the games.

‘He’s under no pressure to sell and I don’t see why he would. He’s not fussed about the fans. If he was, he wouldn’t have signed up for the Super League.

‘I would say Arsenal are stuck with him. Will all this heat convince him to spend some money on players? Let’s see. But I doubt it.’

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