Daniel Ek, founder of the audio streaming service Spotify, has expressed interest in taking over the majority stake in Arsenal FC. After the collapse of the Super League, Gunners fans protested against club boss Stan Kroenke.
“I’ve been a fan since I was a kid and I would be happy to throw my hat in the ring,” the Swedish billionaire said on Twitter.
Kroenke had been heavily criticized in connection with the planned participation of the Premier League club in the European Super League, which has now been filed. Before the home game on Friday against Everton (0-1), around 2000 fans had portrayed the 73-year-old as a devil and a vampire on banners.
The American had agreed to plans for a European Super League the week before and signed a contract with eleven other top clubs in Europe. After clear fan protests, the Big Six from the Premier League (Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham) withdrew from the project.
Kroenke then apologized to Arsenal fans for going it alone. He has been a co-owner of the Gunners since 2011 and sole owner of the club since 2018. In addition to Arsenal, the Los Angeles Rams (NFL), the Colorado Avalanche (NHL) and the Denver Nuggets (NBA) also belong to the Kroenke empire. Arsenal fans have been criticizing Kroenke’s reluctance to donate to the Gunners for a number of years. The Super League chaos apparently broke the barrel.