‘Let the club go’ – Patrick Vieira makes plea to Kroenkes over Daniel Ek’s Arsenal takeover

The Gunners legend feels the time has come for new ownership (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has called on the club’s owners, the Kroenke family, to ‘let the club go’ and says Spotify founder Daniel Ek will not give up on his attempt to buy the Gunners.

The Swedish billionaire revealed last week that the Kroenkes – owner Stan and his son Josh, who is a director at the club – had rejected his proposed takeover offer which is believed to have eclipsed £1.7billion.

Vieira, along with Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, has been helping Ek with his bid to buy Arsenal and has now urged the Kroenkes to either ‘get more involved’ or accept an offer and walk away.

Ek made a £1.7billion offer to the Kroenkes earlier this month (Picture: Getty)

‘In the last couple of years I believe that the club didn’t take the right direction. And I think it is time for change. If the change doesn’t happen, I believe that Arsenal will be in a difficult position,’ Vieira told the ITV Football Podcast.

‘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.

‘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 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.’

Confirming Ek would return with a fresh offer, Vieira continued: ‘He’s definitely going to try again.

Stan Kroenke has little intention of selling Arsenal despite Ek’s huge offer (Picture: Getty)

‘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.’

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