Mikel Arteta has responded to speculation about a takeover at Arsenal from Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek.
Arsenal’s current owners, the Kroenkes, have become unpopular figures at the Emirates Stadium over the last few years, having not invested money into the club. The recent European Super League drama only added more fuel to the fire.
In response, Gunners fans protested against the owners outside the ground during their fixture against Everton. Many are calling for the Kroenkes to sell their stake in the club.
Spotify CEO and Arsenal fan Daniel Ek has recently come out and declared his interest in purchasing the Kroenkes’ stake. Club legends Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, and Dennis Bergkamp have joined Ek in his takeover bid.
Manager Mikel Arteta has responded to the rumours, defending the club’s current owners.
As quoted by Football London, the Spaniard said: “A lot of talks and a lot speculation has been surrounding the situation in the last week or so. Our fans raised their voices during the match against Everton but now we have a very clear statement from the owners.
“So, I think that is gone when they say what they said last night and show the commitment and desire to take the team where we all want. I think it’s very clear where we are moving forward.”
Arteta continued to praise the commitment of the Kroenkes, claiming that they are ‘excited’ to be a part of Arsenal.
“I said from the beginning what my perception was, everything that I sense, all the communications that I have with them (the Kroenkes). They are fully excited and committed to this project and they really want to push everybody to do what we want to do.
“The reality is that we have owners who are really committed. They want a successful team on the pitch and they are going to do everything they can to achieve that. This is what we have and I feel fully supported with them.”
Arsenal currently sit in tenth place in the Premier League, and risk dropping into the bottom half if Aston Villa win their game in hand. They are on course for their worst league finish since the 1994/95 campaign.
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