Henry: Arsenal buyout “will be long and not easy”

According to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, the plan to take over the club by Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek “is going to be long and difficult” and may not happen.

The 38-year-old Swedish billionaire has declared his interest in buying out the Gunners, whom he has supported since the age of eight, following the collapse of the European Super League a fortnight ago.

There has been growing fan frustration with the Kroenkes lately, which has recently spilled over in the midst of the European Super League saga.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Henry said Ek has contacted Stan Kroenke and is expected to make a £ 1.8bn offer to buy Arsenal this week.

Ek has the backing of Arsenal greats like Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp, ​​but it remains to be seen whether Kroenke will listen or consider the offer.

“I think it’s going to be long and not easy – if it ever happens,” Henry said.

“One thing I want to reiterate is that Daniel will not be leaving, he will be there to see if they want to sell.

“It’s going to take a very long time, we know what we want to do, but first and foremost, we have to make sure that we can take over, if they are listening.”

Henry said Ek had approached him among other former Arsenal players in a bid to restore the club’s DNA.

“He approached us, we listened to him,” said Henry. “When we found out first and foremost that he wanted to involve the fans, we actually met the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust and told them what we wanted to do.

“We want to bring them back on board, be part of the meetings, find out what’s going on because you have to put the DNA back into the club.

“But he wants to re-inject Arsenal’s DNA, the identity that for me is long gone. There are no Arsenal members on the board who can point in the right direction. “

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