Thierry Henry, the club’s all-time top scorer, warned Arsenal fans that a potential acquisition by Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek could take a “very long” time.
In the wake of fan demonstrations against Arsenal’s participation in the failed European Super League initiative, Ek has made known his intention to purchase the failing Premier League giants.
However, the club’s billionaire American owner, Stan Kroenke, has confirmed that he has no plans to sell the Gunners.
Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira, two of Henry’s former teammates and Arsenal legends, are both members of an advisory committee for Ek’s takeover bid.
“He confronted us, and we listened to what he had to say, ” Henry told Skysports.
“When we realized that he needed to engage the fans first and foremost, we met with the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust. We told them what we wanted to do — get them back on board. He needs to reintroduce the Arsenal DNA, the long-lost identity. You don’t have Arsenal people on the board who will occasionally point you in the right way. That is what Daniel needs to do. He has already stated that he has raised the funds to ensure that he will make a competitive bid. They must now listen and determine what they should do.”
On the field, the club’s success has dipped significantly under his tenure.
Henry, 43, was already at the pinnacle of his career when Arsenal lifted the Premier League in 2003/04. The Gunners have missed out on a top-four finish in the English top-flight for the fifth time in a row.