Spotify proprietor provides to purchase Arsenal amid fan protests

Co-founder and chief government of Spotify, Daniel Ek, has declared an curiosity in shopping for Arsenal after hundreds of followers protested in opposition to the golf equipment present possession.

Followers gathered outdoors Arsenal’s house floor, the Emirates Stadium, calling for Kroenke Sports activities & Leisure (KSE), owned by American billionaire, Stan Kroenke, to promote up.

Ek stated on Twitter: “As a child rising up, I’ve cheered for Arsenal so long as I can keep in mind. If KSE wish to promote Arsenal I’d be joyful to throw my hat within the ring.”

In keeping with Forbes, Ek’s estimated net-worth is £3.38bn (€4.7bn) and has beforehand been listed as probably the most influential individual within the music enterprise by Billboard journal.

Ek’s proposals have additionally been supported by Michael Acton Smith, the CEO and co-founder of meditation app, Calm, in addition to being the founder and chairman of youngsters’s leisure firm Thoughts Sweet – the creators of Moshi Monsters.

Smith replied to Ek’s tweet, commenting: “Rely me in too.”

Each tweets acquired a heat reception from Arsenal followers, nonetheless, throughout a discussion board between the Arsenal board and supporters earlier this week, Josh Kroenke, a director of the membership and son of Stan Kroenke, stated KSE has no intention of promoting.

Josh Kroenke is quoted as saying: “Now we have large plans to take a position. Now we have plans, we wish to be nice once more, however a long-term mannequin doesn’t assist long-term excessive funding. No intention of promoting.”

The unrest amongst the Arsenal followers comes instantly off the again of the European Tremendous League (ESL) announcement, with Arsenal named as one of many founding golf equipment of the competitors.

Regardless of pulling out of the plans for the ESL in lower than 48 hours, the choice to enroll to the breakaway league prompted followers to stage a protest outdoors the Emirates Stadium earlier than Friday’s recreation at house to Everton.

Supporters have been annoyed with Kroenke’s management for a while now, because of an absence of funding and ambition for the membership. Having gained a majority share within the membership in 2011, leaked monetary studies confirmed that Kroenke hadn’t invested any cash into the membership till the 2017/18 season.

Spotify owner offers to buy Arsenal amid fan protests