Thierry Henry addressed Daniel Ek’s Arsenal takeover interest on Monday night as the fallout from the Manchester United protests continue. There’s also a new Premier League charter in the offing, while the social media boycott is over – for now. Welcome to your Tuesday’s morning Warm-Up for all the day’s football news.
Arsenal DNA. Reinject it into their veins. Well, that doesn’t sound scientifically correct (* Googles can you inject DNA? *) but it’s what Daniel Ek wants to do, apparently, kind of, according to Thierry Henry.
Henry was of course talking here about the Arsenal supporters, and mainly the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, when discussing his discussions with Ek regarding the Swedish billionaire’s discussions with the Kroenke family.
“He already reached out [to the Kroenkes],” Henry told Monday Night Football, “and already said himself that he had collected the funds to make sure that he can put in a good bid.
“They now need to listen. A lot of people have been screaming that they want the owner out. We are trying to offer a solution involving the fans and getting the DNA of the club back.”
Henry admitted it is going to be a “long” journey, but having now gone public the former Arsenal striker has made Ek’s bid that little bit more concrete.
Question is, will the Kroenkes ever actually listen?
LISTEN TO YOUR FANS
From Spotify’s CEO potentially taking over at Arsenal, to United fans’ calls for their own owners to listen.
“Not one member of the Glazer family has ever had so much as a conversation with us,” the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST) told Joel Glazer in an open letter.
This follows the protests which prompted United’s match with Liverpool to be postponed on Sunday. Investigations are under way, security measures are being reviewed, an arrest has been made, but while answers are sought to clear any confusion, as far as the United fans are concerned their intent is clear.
“This has been 16 years in the making, there’s been an uneasy truce with the Glazers, all that trust disappeared with one statement on the European Super League. It laid bare the risks to supporters put in place by these owners,” Ian Stirling, vice-chair of MUST, said
Arsenal fans, United fans, supporters of all clubs, simply want to have their voices heard. Just look at Newcastle United and their attempts to have a say, clubs further down the ladder too, who have seen their clubs fade out of existence. With the support of supporters, and owners who listen, the sport could change for the better, but it will need a lot of help…