The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust have held a ‘constructive meeting’ with Daniel Ek after being approached by the Spotify CEO about his proposed takeover.
Ek has teamed up with Gunners legend Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp as he bids to buy the club from under-fire owner Stan Kroenke.
Henry confirmed his involvement in the £2billion takeover bid on Monday Night Football, who warned excited fans it could take a ‘very long time’ to get a deal over the line.
In a statement on Tuesday morning, AST then revealed that they had spoken with Henry and co. about the bid.
“The AST welcomed a recent approach from Daniel Ek and his consortium partners Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira, and that they said meeting us was a priority for them,” the statement read.
“A constructive meeting was held and we were encouraged to hear their commitment to making the role of fans central to their proposals.
“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.”
And in an interview with Jim White on talkSPORT later in the day, Akhil Vyas, the youngest board member on the AST, issued an update on the meeting.
“We were approached by Daniel Ek. We do have a statement on our website confirming this,” he explained.
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“We did have a constructive meeting with Daniel Ek and his team. We wanted to explain what is important in terms of fan representation and things like that.
“We are going to host a public meeting with our members this week to explain more about this.
“AST have always said if it’s current owners or prospective owners we want engagement, so of course we are absolutely encouraged.
“We’ve always said we’re willing to engage and that goes the same for our current owners, that’s always been the line and that will continue.”
Fan discontent towards the Kroenke family has escalated since the collapse of the controversial European Super League, which was disbanded just 48 hours after being announced.
The north London side were one of six founding members from the Premier League, with thousands of Gunners supporters protesting against their owners as a direct result prior to last month’s home clash with Everton.
On the ESL fracas, Vyas added: “It was a disgraceful idea from the start. Mikel [Arteta] can’t say that but I can and I will say that.
“It wasn’t handled well and the apology was poor. It was from the Arsenal board, not Stan Kroenke.
“All he’s done is hide all week like a coward and now he’s sending his son [Josh] to justify the decision. Not happening. It was doomed from the start.”