May 11, 2021

Sports Legend

Henry warns of long road ahead for Arsenal takeover bid


LONDON: Thierry Henry (pix) warned Arsenal supporters that a possible takeover by Spotify Co-founder Daniel Ek could take “a very long time” as the club’s all-time scorer confirms his role in the bid.

Ek has gone public with his desire to buy the struggling Premier League giants following fan protests over Arsenal’s involvement in the failed European Super League project.

However, the club’s billionaire US owner Stan Kroenke has insisted he has no plans to sell the Gunners.

Former Henry teammates and Arsenal legends Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira are also on an advisory group for Ek’s takeover bid.

“He approached us, we listened to him,” said Henry. Sky Sports. “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 wants to re-inject Arsenal’s DNA, the identity that has long since disappeared.

“There aren’t any Arsenal members on the board who can sometimes show the right direction and that’s what Daniel wants to do.

“He has said before that he raised the funds to make sure he can make a good offer. Now obviously they have to listen and see what they can do. “

Last week, Kroenke, through his company Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, released a statement saying he “won’t” take any offers.

“A takeover is going to be very long and not easy if it happens,” added Henry.

“Daniel won’t be leaving, he’ll be there waiting to see if they want to sell, it’s going to take time.”

Kroenke has been the majority shareholder of Arsenal for a decade and took full control of the club by buying out Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov’s stake in 2018.

On the pitch, the club’s performance declined markedly during his reign.

Henry, 43, was still at the peak of his career the last time Arsenal won the Premier League in 2003/04 and they had missed a top-four spot in England’s top-flight for a fifth consecutive season. – AFP