Arsenal legend Paul Merson has questioned whether Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek is "serious" about wanting to buy the club.
Ek took to Twitter earlier this month to publicly declare his interest in mounting a takeover, writing: "As a kid growing up, I’ve cheered for @Arsenal as long as I can remember. If KSE would like to sell Arsenal I'd be happy to throw my hat in the ring."
However, Stan and Josh Kroenke have insisted that the club is not for sale, releasing a statement which read: "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."
Writing in his latest Daily Star Sport column, Merson said he was "dubious" of Ek's bid, questioning why he announced his interest on Twitter.
Merson wrote: "Is Daniel Ek serious about buying Arsenal? I’m always dubious of things like this.
"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.
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"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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