Spotify CEO Daniel Ek would ‘throw hat in ring’ to buy Arsenal if Stan Kroenke sells club

Simon Collings
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Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek quipped he would be “happy to throw his hat in the ring” should Stan Kroenke decide to sell Arsenal amid intense fan protests against his ownership.

Thousands of Arsenal fans gathered outside the Emirates Stadium ahead of Friday night’s Premier League meeting with Everton to voice their disapproval of Kroenke, whose Kroenke Sports and Entertainment group owns the club, in the wake of their role in the doomed European Super League.

Arsenal were one of 12 founder clubs who announced the intended breakaway on Sunday night, but pulled out less than 48 hours later in the face of criticism from across football and beyond.

The club subsequently apologised for its actions and KSE will foot the bill for any costs involved in pulling out of the proposal, while Kroenke’s son, Josh, attended a virtual forum with fans on Thursday, promising to rebuild trust.

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That did little to appease the Gunners fans who, hung Kroenke Out banners outside the ground ahead of Friday’s clash with the Toffees and could be heard chanting anti-Kroenke songs as the game got underway.

Ek tweeted: “As a kid growing up, I’ve cheered for Arsenal as long as I can remember. If KSE would like to sell Arsenal I’d be happy to throw my hat in the ring.”

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