AST holds ‘constructive meeting’ with Ek and legends over takeover bid

The Kroenkes have insisted the club is not for sale but Ek is expected to test their resolve this week with a formal offer – thought to be worth in the region of £1.8billion.

“We were encouraged to hear their commitment to making the role of fans central to their proposals,” AST said in a statement. “This is very welcome and we look forward to further dialogue.

“We will engage with anyone who has a serious proposal as it is important any current or future owner is aware of the importance of working with fans. We also continue to seek a constructive and meaningful dialogue with Stan and Josh Kroenke.

“Our message to all of them is simple: Football needs to change. Arsenal needs to change”.

Henry discussed the takeover proposal in an appearance on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football last night and confirmed the group planned to involve fans in the running of the club should they prove successful.

“When we knew, first and foremost, that he [Ek] wanted to involve the fans, we actually met the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust and told them what we wanted to do,” he said.

“Bring them back on board, being part of the meetings, knowing what is happening because we need to put the DNA back into the club.

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“He wants to inject the Arsenal DNA, the identity I think that is long gone. You don’t have Arsenal people there among the board that can maybe sometimes show the right direction. That’s what Daniel wants to do.”

Henry also revealed thatEk has now “reached out” to the Kroenke family and says the Spotify founder will not back down in his bid to buy Arsenal.

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