Arsenal takeover LIVE: Arsene Wenger latest to help Spotify founder Daniel Ek blockbuster bid – transfer latest

ARSENAL are in the midst of a takeover bid from Spotify CEO Daniel Ek.

The Swedish digital entrepreneur is worth £3.4BILLION and certainly has the cash to buy the North London club – and plans to team up with Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira to do so.

Former boss Arsene Wenger is the latest to offer his help to Ek, though the Kronke's have said they will NOT sell. Follow all of the latest twists and turns on this developing story here.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    PAIN IN THE ARSENE

    Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has vowed to help any potential bid alongside Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp.

    Speaking to beIN Sports, he said: "I would say I like the fact that former people of the club run the club.

    "Basically you have two examples in the football world – former players who run the club like Bayern [Munich], or big investors who buy a club like Man City.

    "I personally, because I'm a football man, I like the fact that former Arsenal players take over and give advice.

    "For the project, I prefer personally… the best deals I made were when nobody knew about it and you come out and it's done. When you announce things, you have a mountain to climb after. Nobody wants to give in.

    “It's easier always when you do your deals, when it's done you come out and [announce it]. Look, I will always support Arsenal. If I can help Arsenal I will do it in any way. That's my answer. If not, I am happy in my life."

  • Jake Lambourne

    GUNS OUT

    Arsenal could be preparing a mass exodus this summer as SIX players are reportedly set to be sold in a bid to accumulate funds.

    According to Football London, Alexandre Lacazette, Hector Bellerin, Eddie Nketiah, Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Lucas Torreira could all be set for moves away from north London.

    Club captain Lacazette is preparing to enter the final year of his contract with the Gunners and has been heavily linked with a transfer in the summer.

    Meanwhile, Guendouzi, Torreira and Maitland-Niles have all spent the current campaign out on loan and therefore could be seen as easily expendable assets.

    Nketiah has struggled for first team action due to the attacking options at Mikel Arteta's disposal, while the emergence of Calum Chambers as a solid right-back may mean the departure of Bellerin.

    All of those deals would collectively accrue somewhere in the region of £120million.

    Lacazette could be on his way out of the Emirates this summer
  • Jake Lambourne

    TV GLEE

    Prem chiefs have wrapped up a new three-year TV deal — worth the same £4.6billion as the current contract.

    In a big success for League boss Richard Masters, Sky, BT, Amazon and the BBC have agreed to extend the terms of the contract which was due to run out next summer for a further three seasons.

    It comes after the Covid chaos of the past 12 months which saw the broadcasters demand a £330million collective rebate from the 20 clubs.

    But concerns about those repayments have been eased by the certainty offered to the clubs with the new deal.

    Sky, paying £3.58bn over three seasons, keep the lion’s share of the 200 games to be broadcast live each season.

  • Jake Lambourne

    RY NOT ME?

    Ryan Giggs has reportedly been left fuming after being snubbed in the Premier League Hall of Fame.

    Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer are the first inductees – with Giggs being replaced by former Arsenal star Henry at the last minute.

    The Mirror reports that 'Giggs has been left shocked' by the snub and was 'dropped at the last minute after being charged with assaulting two women'.

    The charges follow an alleged bust-up with ex-girlfriend Kate Greville at his mansion.

    SunSport has since exclusively revealed that the 47-year-old former Manchester United ace could face up to FIVE YEARS in prison.

    The Premier League have not responded to request for comment.

  • Richard Forrester

    GOOD MORNING ARSENAL FANS,

    Stan Kroenke has REFUSED to sell Arsenal despite fan protests and Spotify owner Daniel Ek plotting a £2.5billion bid.

    The American billionaire released a statement which will come as a crushing blow to Gunners fans.

    The statement read: “In recent days we have noted media speculation regarding a potential takeover bid for Arsenal Football Club.

    “We remain 100 per cent 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.”

    Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is available for the Europa League semi on Thursday night — even though he is still not fully fit after malaria.

    Aubameyang has not played for the Gunners since the start of the month, having picked up the illness on international duty with Gabon.

    The 31-year-old has returned to training but is still trying to build up his overall health levels.

    But with Alexandre Lacazette injured and boss Mikel Arteta left with youngsters as other attacking options, Aubameyang will have no hesitation answering the call if needed against Villarreal.

    His return would be a major boost to Arteta ahead of the first leg.

    There is a hope the Arsenal captain’s fitness level will be enough to see him through because he played against Liverpool and Slavia Prague before being diagnosed with malaria.

    And finally, Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka picked up the Young Player of the Year award at tonight’s London Football Awards.

    Accepting his award after beating Rice, Mount, Reece James and close pal Emile Smith Rowe, the four-cap Three Lions international said: “I’m really happy to win this award.

    “I want to say a big thank you to everyone for your support and of course another big thank you to everyone who voted for me.

    “I promise to keep giving my all on the pitch to make you happy and keep you entertained.”

  • Joe Brophy

    AUBA AND OUT

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is available for the Europa League semi on Thursday night — even though he is still not fully fit after malaria.

    Aubameyang has not played for the Gunners since the start of the month, having picked up the illness on international duty with Gabon.

    The 31-year-old has returned to training but is still trying to build up his overall health levels.

    But with Alexandre Lacazette injured and boss Mikel Arteta left with youngsters as other attacking options, Aubameyang will have no hesitation answering the call if needed against Villarreal.

    His return would be a major boost to Arteta ahead of the first leg.

    There is a hope the Arsenal captain’s fitness level will be enough to see him through because he played against Liverpool and Slavia Prague before being diagnosed with malaria.

  • Joe Brophy

    MEGA-BUKS

    Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka picked up the youngster award at tonight's London Football Awards.

    Accepting his award after beating Rice, Mount, Reece James and close pal Emile Smith Rowe, the four-cap Three Lions international said: "I'm really happy to win this award.

    "I want to say a big thank you to everyone for your support and of course another big thank you to everyone who voted for me.

    "I promise to keep giving my all on the pitch to make you happy and keep you entertained."

  • Joe Brophy

    £MIRAT£$ RICH LIST

    Mesut Ozil is still Arsenal’s second highest player despite leaving in the January transfer window.

    The 32-year-old left the Emirates earlier this year and moved to Fenerbahce.

    But the Gunners agreed to pay 90 per cent of his £350,000-a-week deal until it ends this summer, reports say.

    And that means – incredibly – that Ozil is still Arsenal’s second highest paid player.

  • Joe Brophy

    SAK RACE

    Bukayo Saka has been crowned the Young Player of the Year at the London Football Awards.

  • Joe Brophy

    VA VA VOOM

    Manchester United have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Abdallah Sima, according to reports.

    The Slavia Prague ace has impressed for the Czech side in the Europa League this season.

    Impressive forward Sima, 19, has drawn comparisons with Thierry Henry with his livewire performances.

    And he fits in to Man United’s current recruitment policy.

    According to the MEN, the Red Devils are ‘monitoring’ Sima’s progress ahead of a potential summer move.

  • Joe Brophy

    GUNNER STAY PUT

    Stan Kroenke has REFUSED to sell Arsenal despite fan protests and Spotify owner Daniel Ek plotting a £2.5billion bid.

    The American billionaire released a statement which will come as a crushing blow to Gunners fans.

    The statement read: “In recent days we have noted media speculation regarding a potential takeover bid for Arsenal Football Club.

    “We remain 100 per cent 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.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WHAT THE EK?

    Here’s how Spotify founder Daniel Ek compares to current Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke.

  • Joe Brophy

    NOT GUNNER STAY

    Konstantinos Mavropanos is reportedly set to leave Arsenal this summer.

    The 23-year-old defender has spent this season on loan with VfB Stuttgart.

    But Football.London claim a chance to stake a claim in Arsenal's team next term is not on the cards.

    And Mavropanos will either go out on loan for another campaign or depart in a permanent move this summer.

  • Joe Brophy

    TAKING OVER

    Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek has recruited Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira in a bid to tempt Stan Kroenke into selling Arsenal.

  • Joe Brophy

    MAT'S NOT OK

    Mathieu Flamini is not believed to be involved in Arsenal’s takeover bid with Spotify giant Daniel Ek.

    But unlike his old pals Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira, the Frenchman is reportedly not on board with the plan to oust Kroenke Sports Enterprises.

    ESPN claims mega rich businessman Flamini is not involved despite having a reported net worth of £30bn after investing in clean energy.

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  • Joe Brophy

    SPOT THE DIFFERENCE

    Arsenal have been warned that Spotify owner Daniel Ek would be 'worse' than Stan Kroenke.

    Journalist Philippe Auclair told Off The Ball: "I don't think that Mr Ek is more acceptable than Kroenke at all, I don't think so.

    "I think he's an even worse example of late-stage capitalism than Kroenke.

    "Kroenke is almost an old-style capitalist, we know exactly what we get with Kroenke.

    "With Ek we get the puff of the 'cool brand' which is even more exploitative than Kroenke's operations.

    "And by the way the money would probably not be his but he would raise the money through some kind of investment.

    "Yeah [the same way as the Glazers]. To be honest that is exactly what I think."

  • Joe Brophy

    GUNNER BE A STAR

    A dedicated post to Folarin Balogun after the Arsenal youngster committed his long-term future to the club.

  • Josh Graham

    WHAT THE EK

    Arsenal legend Jens Lehmann has admitted his fear for the structure of his old club if his fellow Invincibles help Daniel Ek complete his proposed takeover.

    The German told talkSPORT:“Josh Kroenke and his father are still interested, and they like to make people happy. I only met Josh a couple of times, but he doesn’t seem to be not interested about his club.

    “It’s about competence and the guys who are there right now are good, I know the CEO, I obviously know Edu and they’re doing to the best of his abilities.

    “Bringing in guys like Thierry, Dennis and Patrick, my former teammates, that would be fantastic as well. About a new owner, I don’t know if that works because first of all you need to know if Mr Kroenke wants to sell the club, and I’m not aware of it.

    “If you have these three guys, they are all coaches and managers, so who is doing what there? There could be a conflict of interest, or a conflict of their jobs, will they all be in the pitch?

    “It sounds interesting, but at the end of the day I’d like to see how they’d structure that.

    “Oliver Kahn has about to become the CEO of Bayern Munich, and I’ve always liked that concept of having a CEO who was a former footballer and who is well educated. To have an ex-football player on board is not a bad idea.”

  • Josh Graham

    ON GAARD

    Martin Odegaard believes he has settled in well to life at Arsenal and in the Premier League.

  • Josh Graham

    EK OF A BLOKE

    Prospective Arsenal owner Daniel Ek and his team of Invincibles are reportedly set to give fans a say in the running of their club.

    The Spotify founder is preparing a bid in the region of £1.8billion for the club in the next ten days, according to The Telegraph.

    Stan Kroenke's son Josh insisted the club wasn't for sale last week but their resolve is set to be tested amid widespread outraged at the Super League debacle.

    The report states Ek will gain support through his plans to speak with fans and could included fan representation on the board or even the 'golden share' idea that gives fans the power to vote on and block constitutional or legacy items.

  • Josh Graham

    NEW ERA?

    Here is who is said to be involved in the Arsenal takeover bid.

  • Josh Graham

    DAN THE ARSENAL MAN

    Daniel Ek is obsessed with Arsenal and watches live matches during Spotify board meetings, according to reports.

    The Swedish billionaire, 38, is reportedly set to launch a multi-billion pound takeover bid for the North Londoners.

    Spotify founder Ek is said to have enlisted the help of Gunners legends Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira.

    The song-streaming entrepreneur has supported the Gunners since he was eight and his favourite player – and compatriot – Anders Limpar graced Highbury.

    And he has taken his love for the North Londoners into adulthood.

    Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol tweeted: "Daniel Ek is said to be Arsenal obsessive who even watches live games on his laptop during Spotify board meetings.

    "Watches every Arsenal game and has been to Highbury and Emirates Stadium many times."

  • Josh Graham

    WHAT THE EK?

    Here's how Spotify founder Daniel Ek compares to current Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke.

  • Josh Graham

    EU BEAUTY

    Gareth Southgate will be able to choose a 26-man squad for the Euros after a Uefa rethink.

    Members of Uefa's national team committee agreed to extend squads from the normal size of 23 players as a result of the demands of the Covid-condensed season.

    The decision will be ratified by Uefa’s ruling executive committee later this week.

    But it means Southgate will be given more flexibility in his thinking when it comes to his squad for the finals which start in June.

    Southgate suggested last month he would be happy to stick with the normal 23 and he appeared to hint that Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was likely to miss out.

    But the extra places represent good news for Alexander-Arnold and also for players like Bukayo Saka at Arsenal and Dortmund teenagers Jude Bellingham and Jadon Sancho. It is also a boost for Aston Villa starlet Jack Grealish.

  • Josh Graham

    PIER PRESSURE

    Piers Morgan called on Harry Kane to do a Sol Campbell and cross the North London divide to join Arsenal from Spurs.

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