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Daniel Ek’s £1.8bn takeover bid can bring ‘new ambition’ to Arsenal, insists Pascal Cygan

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek’s £1.8bn takeover bid – backed by Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira – can bring ‘new ambition’ to Arsenal, insists former defender Pascal Cygan

  • Spotify founder Daniel Ek revealed his desire to buy Arsenal from Stan Kroenke
  • Ek has enlisted Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira to help his bid
  • Ex-Arsenal defender Pascal Cygan says he supports the Invincibles involvement
  • He says they ‘know the club and its needs’ and can bring Arsenal ‘new ambition’

Former Arsenal defender Pascal Cygan says Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira’s backing of Daniel Ek’s £1.8billion bid is ‘great news’ for both the club and the fans. 

Cygan believes the Invincibles ‘know the club and its needs’, claiming they can help bring ‘new ambition’ to Arsenal.

However, owner Stan Kroenke has no intention to sell the North London club despite fans gathering outside the Emirates Stadium to urge him to quit. 

Former Arsenal defender Pascal Cygan says Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira’s backing of Daniel Ek’s £1.8billion bid is ‘great news’ for both the club and the fans

Speaking of the Arsenal legends involvement in the potential takeover, Cygan told Goal: ‘I am very happy for them. All three were great team-mates and friends. They know the club and its needs, and this is important

‘I think it would be great news for the club and for the fans who could benefit from a new ambition.’

Cygan – who spent three seasons at Arsenal having arrived from Lille in 2002 and won the Premier League in 2004 – spoke out after Arsenal’s involvement in the controversial European Super League. 

Spotify owner and co-founder Ek (above) says he is 'serious' about his plans to by Arsenal

Spotify owner and co-founder Ek (above) says he is ‘serious’ about his plans to by Arsenal 

Ek has enlisted Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira (left to right) to help his bid

Ek has enlisted Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira (left to right) to help his bid

Arsenal were named as one of the 12 founding members of the controversial breakaway league, causing animosity among fans. 

Thousands of supporters gathered outside the Emirates to protest against the decision and call for a change in the club’s ownership.

As a result, Spotify founder and billionaire, Ek, threw his hat in the ring – taking to Twitter to say: ‘I’ve been an Arsenal fan since I was 8 years old. Arsenal is my team. I live the history, the players, and of course I love the fans.  

‘So as I look at that I just see a tremendous opportunity to set a real vision for the club, to bring it back to its glory. 

‘I want to establish trust with the fans and engage the fans again. So, I’m very serious. 

‘I have secured the funds for it and I want to bring what I think is a very compelling offer to the owners and I hope they hear me out.’ 

It comes after fans protested against Stan Kroenke's decision to be in the Super League

It comes after fans protested against Stan Kroenke’s decision to be in the Super League 

Current Arsenal owner Kroenke has reaffirmed his stance on not selling the football club

Current Arsenal owner Kroenke has reaffirmed his stance on not selling the football club

However, Kroenke and his director son Josh released a statement saying they are not selling the club.

They said: ‘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.’     


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