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Josh Kroenke: Arsenal is not for sale

In the face of pressure from Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, Arsenal director Josh Kroenke has reiterated that the club is not for sale.

The Kroenkes have been harshly chastised by Arsenal fans in recent years, who have urged their owners’ dismissal in the aftermath of the European Super League disaster.

The club turned down Ek’s £1.8 billion bid earlier this summer, but the Swede has enlisted the help of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, and Dennis Bergkamp in his bid to buy the club.

Kroenke has seemingly laid those hopes to rest, however, telling Sky Sports News: “We get bids for the club all the time, from many different parties around the world and that speaks to the strength of the Arsenal.

“It’s a wonderful institution, Arsenal Football Club is a global brand and my only response to anything is the club is not for sale, we’re just getting started. We’ve only really owned the club since 2018. We have a young manager, we have a young squad and we’re charting our path to the future.

“In the United States we have a certain model [used at other organizations run by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment] and we’re implementing that here, and we have over the last three years, which is, young players, talented players with the right mentality, let them grow together while continuing to sprinkle in talent throughout the squad.

“Eventually it grows into something very special. The power of continuity behind the scenes and people working together and pulling in the same direction is an underrated aspect of pro sports. With the power of continuity and allowing this group to grow together, special times are ahead for this club.”

With a win at Watford on Sunday, Arsenal will move above Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United into fifth place in the Premier League table.

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