The Swedish Spotify co-founder who wants to buy Arsenal watched on with record goalscorer Henry as the Gunners blew Spurs away in the first half at the Emirates Stadium
Daniel Ek, the Swedish billionaire who wants to buy Arsenal was in attendance at the Emirates Stadium to watch his beloved Gunners in their north London derby victory over bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
And he was in good company in his seat, as he was pictured next to club legend and record goalscorer Thierry Henry, who was wearing a retro Arsenal shirt as he took in the 3-1 home victory.
It’s the first time Ek has been spotted in the stands since a takeover approach was turned down by the club’s current owners Kroenke Sports Enterprises (KSE).
Gunners fans will have been interested to see he was with Henry, considering the legendary French striker confirmed back in May that he and other club legends had been approached by the Spotify co-founder, who asked them to be part of his takeover bid.
“He approached us, we listened to him,” Henry said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
Three years after first revealing to the world that he is an Arsenal fan, Ek announced his desire to buy the club from KSE after the owners were caught up in the furore surrounding the proposed European Super League.
“As a kid growing up, I’ve cheered for @Arsenal as long as I can remember,” he wrote.
“If KSE would like to sell Arsenal I’d be happy to throw my hat in the ring.”
The owners issued a statement in which they said they had no interest in selling the club, but Ek doubled down and said he was preparing an offer.
KSE later said that no offer had been received for the club, but the Swede disputed this publicly.
“Inaccurate reports emerged today saying I have not made a bid for Arsenal Football Club,” Ek said, again communicating through social media.
“I think it’s important to correct the record – this week an offer was made to both Josh Kroenke and their bankers that included fan ownership, representation at board and a golden share for the supporter.
“They replied that they don’t need the money.
“I remain interested should that situation ever change.”
Henry confirmed that it was Ek’s pledge to have the supporters involved in the clubs ownership which piqued his interest, along with fellow club legends Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira.
He said: “When we knew first and foremost that he wanted to involve the fans, exactly what we talked about, we actually met the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust and told them what we wanted to do – bring them back on board, being part of the meetings, knowing what’s happening, because you’ve got to put the DNA back into the club.
“The golden share that I’m talking about.”