Daniel Ek meets Arsenal Supporters Trust with takeover group as Kroenke 'plots big transfer spree to appease fans'

DANIEL EK and his consortium have held a meeting with the Arsenal Supporters Trust as the Spotify founder steps up his takeover bid.

And it is claimed that Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote could have bought the club for £1.7bn two years ago.

That price is understood to be around the valuation Ek has of the club.

However, the Kroenke family are reportedly planning a huge summer of spending on transfers as they look to get angry Gunners fans on side.

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  • Thomas Blow

    ARTETA SAFE

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will remain their head coach next season, according to reports.

    There has been a lot of speculation about his position following a disappointing Premier League campaign, but Eurosport are now reporting he will stay at the Emirates.

    And it is believed owner Stan Kroenke will stay at the club and invest heavily in the team.

    The concern now is attracting top players to the Gunners as they seem unlikely to qualify for European football – unless they don't win the Europa League.

    A Europa League triumph will see them qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2016.

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    HATE TO LUIZ YOU

    David Luiz is reportedly preparing for life after Arsenal as his representatives contact potential new clubs.

    The Gunners are yet to make a decision on whether the Brazilian, 34, will be offered a new contract when his existing deal expires next month.

    And his entourage are said to be working on engineering a move abroad if he is let go.

    According to CBS Sports, an MLS club are among the options being considered by Luiz.

    Although his wage demands are thought to be a stumbling block to a Stateside switch.

    Former club Benfica and Serie A side Lazio have also been touted to move for the one-time Premier League champion.

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  • Thomas Blow

    LACA AND TIERNEY TRAINING

    Mikel Arteta has been given a boost ahead of tomorrow's crucial Europa League semi-final against Villarreal as Alexandre Lacazette and Kieran Tierney both trained yesterday.

    The duo missed the first leg of the tie last week due to injury.

    The Gunners have posted the two training on their official Instagram account.

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  • Thomas Blow

    A CLOSER LOOK

    With fans absent from stadiums, microphones can pick up far more than before.

    In Sunday's game against Newcastle, one camera followed goalscorer Mohamed Elneny around the pitch.

    The following video gives us a sneak peak as to what it's like to be a Premier League footballer.

  • Thomas Blow

    NEWCASTLE WIN

    The Gunners looked in good form on Sunday as they defeated Newcastle 2-0 at St James' Park.

    Here's the best of the action…

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    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS

    Spotify co-owner Daniel Ek is keen to buy Arsenal Football Club but Kroenke Sports and Entertainment (KSE), who have come under fire following the European Super League chaos, have stated the club is not for sale under any circumstances.

    However, the Mail reported that KSE were approached by an international financial consortium in 2019 and seemed keen on doing business back then.

    Majority shareholder Stan Kroenke didn't reject the approach outright, like he did with Ek, but instead told the interested party they would have to pay a fee in the region of £1.7billion.

    Gunners legend Thierry Henry is one of three Invincibles who are backing the Swedish billionaire, along with Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp.

    But Henry has warned fans that a potential takeover of the club will take a "long time".

    The club's record goalscorer said: "We know what we want to do but first and foremost we need to make sure we can take over, if they are listening.

    "Let's see where it is going to go, he reached out. I don't know now how far they went."

    In other news, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta looks set to stay after the end of the season following a turbulent campaign.

    The Spaniard is also likely to receive extra transfer funds ahead of the summer transfer window.

    That is because Kroenke is trying to ease tensions following some fiery demonstrations from club's faithful, who are demanding his departure from the club.

  • Kostas Lianos

    ANTI SOCIAL

    Arsenal legend Thierry Henry hailed the "amazing" support for the social media boycott in response to online abuse in sport but warned this is just a start.

    Henry told Monday Night Football yesterday: "When I saw the reaction of football that was amazing.

    "Not only football, but in the last two or three days of it, it seems like everybody came to support and I was really happy about it.

    "I always mention the strength of the pack because if you're alone those companies don't care about individuals"

  • Kostas Lianos

    HENRY PICKS

    Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes former team-mates and fellow Invincibles Dennis Bergkamp as well as Patrick Vieira should join him and Alan Shearer in the Premier League Hall of Fame.

    Henry told Sky Sports: “Dennis, obviously I could be biased but this guy was an example for me, always wanted to do more, first in training, last in training doing what he was always being asked to do, passionate about Arsenal, passionate about the Premier League.

    "He made the team better, he made the guys around him better and I always said I don’t know how many guys would have the passion that he had.

    "Always people remember Patrick, tackling someone, arguing with someone. For me, he’s the only guy that could have played alone in midfield.

    "And the quality. Sometimes Patrick was doing it on purpose to lift the ball, flick it over people, just passing by them and, I mean, it was just unplayable at times – I don’t know a lot of people that could have done like that everything in midfield"

  • Kostas Lianos

    MARTINELLI PREDICTION

    Owen Hargreaves predicts Arsenal ace Gabriel Martinelli can become "one of the best players in the Premier League", even though he has only made six starts.

    Hargreaves told Premier League Productions: "I love Martinelli. I think he’s such a great player. Obviously, he has had some injury issues – but this ball [for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal vs Newcastle], with his weaker foot, it’s a dream ball, isn’t it?

    “The thing I like about Martinelli for a flair player is that he puts a shift in. He works incredibly hard. I think technically he is very good. He glides by people quite effortlessly. The cool thing is that he can play through the middle, he can play off the left and he can go right.

    “So, I think there is a huge talent in there and for Arsenal fans, and you think about with [Bukayo] Saka and [Emile] Smith Rowe, they have a fabulous player, who I think has the potential to become one of the best players in the Premier League. But he has to stay fit"

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    TOP GUI

    Arsenal are keeping tabs on Real Betis star Guido Rodriguez as manager Mikel Arteta is looking for a new defensive midfielder.

    Rodriguez is aware of the Gunners' interest but has previously stated he is happy in Seville with Betis.

    The Argentina international told Estadio Deportivo in March: "I saw it because friends from Argentina asked me, but I told them that I knew the same as them.

    "I am the protagonist because I am in the news but today, I do not know more or less than you who also saw it.

    "I am very happy, I arrived and there was one or two months with a strange situation for everyone with the issue of confinement but the truth is that I am very happy in Seville, with the city, the weather, at the club. I’m very happy"

  • Kostas Lianos

    INJURY BOOST

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has received a major injury boost ahead of Thursday's Europa League semi-final clash against Villarreal.

    Kieran Tierney and Alexandre Lacazette returned to full training ahead of the crucial second leg at the Emirates.

    Tierney missed the Gunners' last six matches due to a knee injury whereas Lacazette has been sidelined since last month's draw with Fulham due to a hamstring problem.

    Arsenal lost 2-1 at Villarreal last week and need at least one goal to make it through to the Europa League final

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    TRANSFER BLOW

    Incoming Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann wishes to sign Arsenal target Achraf Hakimi in the summer.

    According to German journalist Manuel Bonke, RB Leipzig boss Nagelsmann is already drawing up a transfer list ahead of his imminent summer move at Bayern's helm and Hakimi is among his top wishes.

    The Inter Milan ace has impressed this season with the newly-crowned Italian champions.

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta sees the right-back as a potential replacement for Hector Bellerin, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain

  • Kostas Lianos

    LUIZ UPDATE

    Arsenal ace David Luiz could be on the move at the end of the season, according to CBS.

    Luiz has been linked with a transfer to Lazio while reports suggest there's also interest from the MLS.

    Gunners manager Mikel Arteta may be reluctant to offer the defender another one-year extension due to the amount of young talent emerging through the ranks, such as Gabriel Magalhaes, Calum Chambers and Rob Holding.

    The same goes for William Saliba as well as Dinos Mavropanos, who are out on loan at Nice and Stuttgart respectively.

    Saliba, specifically, is set to be called back at the end of the season and is highly likely to receive more opportunities ahead of next season

  • Kostas Lianos

    KROENKE PLANS

    Intense protests asking for KSE to sell Arsenal after the failed formation of the European Super League are unlikely to lead to any immediate change.

    According to Eurosport, majority shareholder Stan Kroenke will try to ease tensions by splashing the cash in the summer.

    However, the Gunners' current status won't help them in attracting many top stars, especially if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.

    The north Londoners are ninth in the Premier League table and need to win the Europa League to advance for next season's Champions League

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    ARTETA FUTURE

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta looks set to stay after the end of the season despite a turbulent campaign.

    The Gunners are ninth in the Premier League table and can only advance for next year's Champions League competition if they win the Europa League.

    According to Eurosport, however, Arteta won't be going anywhere even if he doesn't win the Europa League.

    The former Spaniard is also likely to receive extra transfer funds

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    ARSENAL TRANSFER LATEST

    Arsenal are already planning transfers despite ongoing takeover talks involving Spotify co- founder Daniel Ek.

    According to Football London, the Gunners are ready to sell Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Eddie Nketiah in the summer.

    Manager Mikel Arteta appears to be in need of a goalkeeper, right-back, left-back and attacking midfielder.

    The final position could be filled by Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard, who has impressed at the Emirates ever since his arrival during the January transfer window.

    The same, though, can't be said about fellow Real loanee Dani Ceballos, who could be on his way out of north London following a series of errors in Arsenal's midfield

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    MEETING EK

    Arsenal legend Thierry Henry opened up about the day he as well as fellow Invincibles Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp spoke to Spotify co-owner Daniel Ek.

    Ek wants to buy the club from Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE) and also wishes to re-inject the old identity by involving the fans.

    Henry told Sky Sports: "We listened to him.

    "When we knew first and foremost that he wanted to involve the fans, we actually met the Arsenal Supporters' Trust and told them what we wanted to do; bring them back on board.

    "He already said he collected the funds so he can make sure he can make a good bid. Now obviously they need to listen and see what they can do.

    "Something that is very important about it, saying they want the owner out, we are trying to offer a solution of having the fans as the DNA back of the club"

  • Kostas Lianos

    NOT FOR SALE?

    As everyone knows, Spotify co-founder, and longtime Arsenal fan, Daniel Ek wishes to buy Arsenal Football Club for an estimated £1.8bn – the successful businessman has the support of legendary Invincibles, such as Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira.

    However, Kroenke Sports and Entertainment (KSE) have stated the club is not for sale.

    But the Mail on Sunday report that KSE were approached by an international financial consortium in 2019.

    Majority shareholder Stan Kroenke didn't reject the approach outright, like he did with Ek, but instead told the interested party they would have to pay a fee in the region of £1.7billion

  • Kostas Lianos

    DON'T HERRY

    Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has warned fans that a potential takeover of the club by Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek will take a "long time".

    A great chunk of the Gunners fanbase has turned on majority holder Stan Kroenke following the failed European Super League project and Ek, a longtime fan, has expressed his desire to buy the club.

    Henry said: "That is going to take a long time.

    "We know what we want to do but first and foremost we need to make sure we can take over, if they are listening.

    "Let's see where it is going to go, he reached out. I don't know now how far they went"

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    STATE OF THE ART

    Former Arsenal star Santi Cazorla has warned his friend and manager of his former club Mikel Arteta to keep an eye on Villarreal star Gerard Moreno on Thursday's Europa League semi-final clash.

    The Gunners lost 2-1 away in the first leg and need at least one goal to qualify to the final, which they have to win if they want to qualify for next season's Champions League.

    But Cazorla has urged former team-mate Arteta to be careful of the "best forward in Spain".

    He told uefa.com: "He is the best forward in Spain right now. I'm not saying that just because of the goals he scores.

    "You shouldn't just look at what he does in the box and the goals he scores for Villarreal, but also what he does outside the box.

    "He's a player who makes a difference, doesn't need a lot of chances to score goals, and he's at a point of his career where he's full of confidence and at his peak, which is ideal in terms of the team being able to achieve its objectives.

    "He's a chilled-out guy, he works hard and he brings a lot to the dressing room as well"

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    SHEAR CLASS

    Alan Shearer has told BBC’S MOTD Top 10 Podcast that Tony Adams was one of the toughest defenders he ever faced.

    In listing his favourite Premier League centre-backs, the former striker recalled the rough battles he faced against the Arsenal legend.

    Shearer said: I would come off with cut eyes, a broken nose and cut lip after a game against him, but always shake hands.

    “He was the best centre-half I've played against I think, in that era in terms of how aggressive you could be as a centre-half. 

    “He played in that back four that was unbelievable and had a great goalkeeper behind him. He was an unbelievable leader, organiser, tackler, he could play as well, he was tough. The best centre-half I've ever played against.”

  • Marc Mayo

    HARG TO ARGUE

    Owen Hargreaves reckons Mohamed Elneny offers something different to Arsenal’s other defensive midfielders.

    The Egyptian popped up with a goal in the 2-0 win at Newcastle, leaving the former anchor man impressed.

    He said: “Elneny makes up all that ground and gets into position. It’s a good finish.

    “I like Elneny. I think he gives them something different. He’s more rugged. But I think this Arsenal team need that.

    “And if he can pop up with goals then it’s the icing on the cake.”

  • Marc Mayo

    WIL-LOCKED IN

    Mikel Arteta has confirmed Joe Willock will return to Arsenal in the summer to fight for a place in the team.

    A successful loan spell at Newcastle for the midfielder has led to the coach considering him for a pre-season runout.

    He said: “[Willock] has a chance.

    “He is a player we really like so at the end of the season he will come back here and then we will make the decision again for what is best to move forward.

    “We knew all this but he needed game time, he needed to expose himself away from our environment and we believe as well that Newcastle, Steve and his staff is the right place for him to do that.”

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  • Marc Mayo

    UN-AI ON THE ARSENAL GAME

    Unai Emery had the luxury of making several changes for Villarreal’s weekend win over Getafe.

    Gerard Moreno, Raul Albiol and Juan Foyth were among the stars rested ahead of Thursday’s Europa League return leg in London.

    And the coach said afterwards: “You have to try to be fresher, to have a clear idea of what we should do.

    "We go with an advantage, we will have moments that can change things and it's not going to be easy.

    "The team is very alive and with excitement to live it. The key is to live in that process."

  • Marc Mayo

    STANDING THEIR GROUND

    Arsenal and Manchester United’s unpopular owners are no strangers to batting off angry fans to keep their place in charge, fans have been warned.

    Dr Dan Plumley of the Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University has told PA Media of the Glazers and Stan Kroenke’s history of being thick-skinned.

    He said: “One thing we know from history with American involvement in football clubs – and we’ve seen it at Arsenal – they do stand their ground, they are pretty stubborn.

    “That is rooted in the way their sports are run. Stan Kroenke picked up the Rams and moved them [from St Louis to Los Angeles] and nobody can tell you you can’t.

    “You upset a full state by moving it, but if you’re prepared to do that then you can do it – you’re the owner. That’s just not the English model and that’s been the cause of the friction over the last few weeks.”

    Plumley added: “There’s a potential for this sort of protest to cause damage to the valuation of the club. The angle is to hurt the Glazers in the pocket, but it won’t do too much, to be brutally honest.”

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