The Arsenal Supporters Trust have revealed that they have recently held a meeting with Spotify founder Daniel Ek as well as Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira ahead of a planned takeover bid of the club.
The group confirmed in a statement on their official website that they had spoken with Ek and the legends consortium, with the AST writing: “A constructive meeting was held and we were encouraged to hear their commitment to making the role of fans central to their proposals. This is very welcome and we look forward to further dialogue.”
Talk of a potential takeover bid has hit a peak in recent weeks, with The Telegraph reporting yesterday and that Ek has reached out to club owner Stan Kroenke ahead of his planned £1.8bn offer to buy Arsenal from the American businessman’s hands following the fallout of the European Super League.
Whilst supporters are excited that Ek could potentially buy the club, Henry told Sky Sports News that it could be a ‘very long’ time before such a transaction could take place and that fans need to be patient with what is happening behind the scenes with this takeover bid.
TBR View: AST support could be key for Ek’s takeover of Arsenal
It’s no secret that the majority of Arsenal supporters want Kroenke out of the club, with fans eager to see someone new, and someone who cares about the interests of the team, to take the helm at the top of the pyramid and to lead the Gunners into a brand-new era full of hope and optimism.
Yet whilst it remains to be seen whether or not Ek’s bid will be successful or not, winning over the support of the AST and being in communication with the group is a step in the right direction for the Swedish billionaire if he is to claim ownership of the club he supports.