The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust held a “ constructive meeting ” with Daniel Ek after being approached by the CEO of Spotify about his takeover plan.
Ek has teamed up with Gunners legend Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp, as he offers to buy the club from the owner under fire, Stan Kroenke.
Henry has confirmed his involvement in the £ 2bn takeover bid on Monday Night Football, which warned enthusiastic fans that it would take ‘a very long time’ to secure a deal.
In a statement Tuesday morning, AST then revealed that they had spoken with Henry and co. about the offer.
“AST welcomed a recent approach by Daniel Ek and his consortium partners Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira, and that they said meeting with us was a priority for them,” the statement read.
“A constructive meeting took place and we were encouraged to hear their commitment to placing the role of fans at the center of their proposals.
“This is very welcome and we look forward to continuing the dialogue.
“We will engage with anyone who has a serious proposition as it is important that any current or future owner be aware of the importance of working with the fans.
“We also continue to seek constructive and meaningful dialogue with Stan and Josh Kroenke.”
And in an interview with Jim White on talkSPORT later today, Akhil Vyas, AST’s youngest board member, provided an update on the meeting.
“We were approached by Daniel Ek. We have a statement on our website confirming this, ”he explained.
“We had a constructive meeting with Daniel Ek and his team. We wanted to explain what’s important in terms of representing the fans and things like that.
“We will be having a public meeting with our members this week to explain more.
“AST has always said that if they are current owners or potential owners we want engagement, then of course we are absolutely encouraged.
“We have always said that we are ready to make a commitment and the same goes for our current owners, it has always been the rule and it will continue.”
Fan dissatisfaction with the Kroenke family has intensified since the collapse of the controversial European Super League, which was disbanded just 48 hours after it was announced.
The north London side was one of the six founding members of the Premier League, with thousands of Gunners supporters protesting their owners as a direct result ahead of last month’s home clash with Everton.
On the ESL crash, Vyas added: “It was a shameful idea from the start. Mikel [Arteta] I can’t say it but I can and I will say it.
“It was not 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. Do not arrive. It was doomed from the start.