Patrick Vieira has revealed that Swedish billionaire Daniel Ek is ‘definitely going to try again’ in his bid to takeover Arsenal.
Ek has made public his interest in taking over the north London side, with the Spotify co-founder and owner having already enlisted the help of former Arsenal favourites Vieira, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp to aid his bid to take control.
Gunners owner Stan Kroenke has said he has no intention of selling his majority stake at the Emirates, despite huge protests against the current ownership amid the club’s involvement in the European Super League proposal.
Arsenal fans have voiced their desire to see change at the top level and Vieira has now revealed that Ek’s bid to take control of the club will be continued.
“He [Ek] is definitely going to try again,” Vieira told the ITV football podcast.
“He is going to be there for quite a long time. He’s a massive Arsenal fan. And talking to him a couple of times his desire and his commitment to Arsenal Football Club will be fantastic.
“Obviously, if the club is not for sale there is nothing that he can do but he’s going to be there and he’s going to wait and he wants to buy the club.
“I think it will be really important because Arsenal is in a critical moment. For me, it is the right time for him to do his maximum or to do what is possible to buy the club, to convince the country to buy the club.”
Arsenal endured a disappointing season to finish the Premier League in eighth, the north Londoners lowest league position since the 1994/95 season.
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The Gunners have failed to qualify for the Champions League since the 2016/17 season and will be without European football next term, with Vieira insisting that now is the time for change following the club’s failure to compete.
“In the last couple of years I believe that the club didn’t take the right direction,” Vieira added. “And I think it is time for change. If the change doesn’t happen, I believe that Arsenal will be in a difficult position.
“We can only make a judgement from outside. We watch every single Arsenal game and it is difficult to recognise the club that we used to play for and it’s difficult to understand the reasons why Arsenal went down the last couple of years but obviously losing Arsene and not finding the right sort of crew to handle the fact that Arsene wasn’t there wasn’t in place.
“And I think every single year Arsenal didn’t get through to the Champions League or even this year to the Europa league. So this is a big disappointment for all of us as Arsenal fans.
“But we get to the time where everybody at the club, the Kroenkes need to get more involved to take Arsenal back where he (thinks) the club should be. If that’s not the case, I think it is time for them to let the club go and let somebody else take care of the football club.”