Stan Kroenke has declared he has no desire to sell Arsenal.
It has been somewhat of a turbulent week for the Gunners owner. Last Friday a number of supporters staged a protest outside the Emirates Stadium calling for him to leave.
On the same day, Swedish billionaire, Daniel Ek who the co-founder of the music streaming device Spotify, declared his interest in buying Arsenal from Kroenke.
“As a kid growing up, I’ve cheered for @Arsenal as long as I can remember,” Ek wrote on Twitter. “If KSE would like to sell Arsenal I’d be happy to throw my hat in the ring.”
Sources involved in the proposed takeover told football.london that the approach was ‘serious’, explaining that Ek ‘sees himself as the solution to the problem’ at the north London outfit right now.
However, Ek won’t get the chance to fulfil his dream of buying the club as Kroenke has now officially confirmed he will not be entertaining any offer.
A statement from KSE (Kroenke Sports & Entertainment) reads: “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.
“Stan Kroenke and Josh Kroenke Kroenke, Sports & Entertainment.”
Not only is this a blow to Ek, but Aliko Dangote too as the Nigerian billionaire has made no secret in the past of his desire to buy out Kroenke one day and become the owner at the Emirates Stadium.
In fact, he was hopeful of doing so at some point in 2021.
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“It is a team that yes I would like to buy some day, but what I keep saying is we have $20billion worth of projects and that’s what I really want to concentrate on,” Dangote said in an interview with fellow billionaire businessman David Rubenstein that was published in January 2020. “I’m trying to finish building the company and then after we finish, maybe some time in 2021 we can.
“I’m not buying Arsenal right now, I’m buying Arsenal when I finish all these projects, because I’m trying to take the company to the next level.”
But with Kroenke officially confirming Arsenal are not for sale and no offers to buy the club will be entertained, any talk of Dangote’s long-term vision can be stopped.