Arsenal Qatari takeover update provided after Josh Kroenke speaks out on Gunners future – Tom Canton

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The Premier League has seen a significant acceleration in the talk of possible takeovers since the acquisition of a majority shareholding in Newcastle United from a Saudi-backed consortium.

West Ham United have also seen a part-purchase with the view to a future total takeover from a Czech billionaire. Arsenal too has seen talk in 2021 of possible takeovers with Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify, having multiple public bids rejected by owner Stan Kroenke.

Josh Kroenke, Stan’s son, has become the face of the KSE ownership and has also faced pressure from public figures of the Qatari state. Individuals have used social media to hype up the possibility of a takeover from a multi-billion-pound consortium.

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The Arsenal Way investigated the social propaganda earlier this season. Tweets from individuals such as the former president of Qatari side Al Arabi, Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Thani, sent the Gunners social feeds into hysteria.

Speaking with Qatari football expert Mitch Feeley, he outright claimed that this was all just a social media ploy describing it as very much ‘for show.’

Whereas sports journalist Ben Jacobs, who has worked for many years in the region, outlined several reasons why a Qatari takeover of Arsenal would be very unlikely to happen with the primary explanation outlined below.

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“The main reason a Qatari takeover of Arsenal won’t happen is there is no substance to the talk beyond a glib tweet from Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani,” explained Jacobs.

“He does have royal links, and is the former president of Al Arabi, so there is some football pedigree there, too.



Newcastle United have recently become effectively the richest club in the league after a successful majority takeover by a Saudi-led consortium.
Newcastle United have recently become effectively the richest club in the league after a takeover by a Saudi-led consortium.

“Yet he has nowhere near the personal wealth to buy Arsenal. Any takeover would also go through Qatar Sports Investments and if Al Thani knew of, or was part of, such a bid he wouldn’t be tweeting cryptic clues. QSI are very secretive and rarely allude to investments until they are 100 percent done.”

However, the latest interview Josh Kroenke conducted with Sky Sports revealed some interesting insight into possible takeover bids.

When asked about Ek’s proposed bid, Josh revealed that they had received interest from far beyond just the Swedish billionaire.



Daniel Ek, Spotify owner and interested buyer of Arsenal, was spotted watching on from the stands earlier this season.
Daniel Ek, Spotify owner and interested buyer of Arsenal, was spotted watching on from the stands earlier this season.

“We get bids for the club all the time, from many different parties around the world and that speaks to the strength of the Arsenal,” he said.

“It’s a wonderful institution, Arsenal Football Club is a global brand and my only response to anything is the club is not for sale, we’re just getting started.

“We’ve only really owned the club since 2018. We have a young manager; we have a young squad and we’re charting our path to the future.”

Could the ‘many different parties’ include a possible Qatari consortium? There is ultimately no possible way of knowing but with the public calls from the Qatar-based individuals, it would seem odd that a bid would occur so privately.

The Arsenal fans’ hope of a takeover from KSE seems very slim at the present. Yet whilst the club is looking healthier, actions speak far louder than words and should the current regime want to change the perception of themselves amongst supporters this will only be achieved with further positive results on the pitch and in the transfer market.

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