Josh Kroenke sends fresh message to Spotify chief Daniel Ek over buying Arsenal

Arsenal director Josh Kroenke has sent a fresh message to Spotify chief Daniel Ek insisting that the Gunners are not for sale.

Swedish billionaire Ek had a £1.8bn offer for the Premier League club turned down last summer but is still keen to discuss terms with the Arsenal owners, recruiting the help of club legends Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp in his bid.

The Kroenke’s have faced widespread criticism from Arsenal fans in recent years and there were intense calls for the owners to sell up following the European Super League fiasco.

But Josh Kroenke has quashed any talk of a takeover and says the current owners are ‘only just getting started’.

He told Sky Sports: ‘We get bids for the club all the time, from many different parties around the world and that speaks to the strength of the Arsenal.

‘It’s a wonderful institution, Arsenal Football Club is a global brand and my only response to anything is the club is not for sale, we’re just getting started.

‘We’ve only really owned the club since 2018. We have a young manager, we have a young squad and we’re charting our path to the future.

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‘In the United States we have a certain model [used at other organisations run by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment] and we’re implementing that here, and we have over the last three years, which is, young players, talented players with the right mentality, let them grow together while continuing to sprinkle in talent throughout the squad.

‘Eventually it grows into something very special. The power of continuity behind the scenes and people working together and pulling in the same direction is an underrated aspect of pro sports.

‘With the power of continuity and allowing this group to grow together, special times are ahead for this club.’

Following a difficult start to the season, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have impressed in recent weeks and will look to continue their encouraging run on Sunday when Watford travel to the Emirates Stadium.

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