Ek "secures funds" to buy Arsenal and outlines plans despite Kroenke stance

Swedish billionaire Daniel Ek insists he is "very serious" about buying Arsenal as speculations mounts over a potential takeover.

Ek, who made his fortune as the co-founder and CEO of Spotify, threw his hat in the ring amid the fallout from the Super League plans.

Gunners fans have long had an issue with current owner Stan Kroenke and their disconnect has only increased over the past week.

Kroenke has come out and said he has no interest in selling the north London outfit, but Ek has the backing of several club legends.

The Swede, who himself is an Arsenal fan, has now come out in an interview with CNBC and laid out his vision for the club which includes reconnecting with the fans.

He said: "Arsenal is my team I love the history, I love the players. Of course I love the fans and I see a tremendous opportunity to bring the club back to its glory.

"I want to establish trust with the fans and I want to engage the fans again.

"So to answer your question I am very serious. I have secured the funding and I want to bring a very compelling offer to the owners and I hope they hear me out."

Kroenke, who also owns sports teams in the NFL and NBA, doesn't seem interested in selling, but Ek is not put off by their stance.

He added: "As I started out saying I've been a fan for 30 year and I didn't expect this to happen overnight and I'm ready for a long journey.

"All i can do is prepare what I think is a very thoughtful offer and bring it to them and hope they hear me out."

When challenged on whether the club's owners had angered him as a fan Ek replied: "I just focus on the club, the fans and I focus on trying to return it to glory.

"As you said I'm first and foremost a fan and I want the club to do better, that is my primary interest.

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