Founder and CEO of Spotify, Daniel Ek proclaimed his love for Arsenal on Twitter this Friday. And even said he was interested in a buyout, if Stan Kroenke, much criticized by supporters after the failure of the Super League, decided to sell the club.
Anger is brewing among Arsenal fans, who are clamoring for the departure of the owner of their club, Stan Kroenke. In their eyes, the American was guilty of wanting to join the Super League, the competition project between big clubs dead in the bud a few hours after its formalization. In case of departure, there would already be a candidate for his replacement: Daniel Ek, the founder of Spotify.
“If KSE decides to sell …”
On Twitter, the latter, wrote: “I have supported Arsenal for as long as I can remember. If KSE (Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, the company that owns the club’s shares) decides to sell, I would be delighted to enter in contention. ” The 38-year-old Swede made his fortune by launching Spotify in 2008. Still CEO of the company, he was notably named the most powerful man in the music industry in 2017 by Billboard.
In previous interviews, Ek had already spoken of his love for the Gunners, explaining that he had followed the club since his compatriot Anders Limpar donned his colors in 1990. A time based in London, he would have an estimated fortune of 4.5 billion of dollars.
Kroenke in the crosshairs of fans
For now, nothing indicates that Kroenke decides to bequeath Arsenal, of which he acquired the majority of the shares in 2011. The American currently manages several sports clubs, among which the Denver Nuggets, the Rams of Los Angeles or the Colorado Avalanche (the Denver hockey franchise).
Yet it has crystallized the anger of Gunners fans for a while. When it was in the process of acquiring 100% of the club’s shares in 2018, the Arsenal Supporters Trust (AST) considered it “a terrible day”, insisting that “members of the AST “keep their actions as” goalkeepers concerned about the future of the club “. Kroenke’s choice to join the Super League, although he has since backed down, has not raised his popularity, on the contrary. On the sidelines of their reception of Everton, hundreds of fans demonstrated around the Emirates. Slogan: “Kroenke out”.