Patrick Vieira discusses Daniel Ek’s attempt to buy Arsenal ahead of Crystal Palace return

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Patrick Vieira discusses Daniel Ek’s attempt to buy Arsenal ahead of Crystal Palace return


Patrick Vieira has distanced himself from Swedish billionaire Daniel Ek’s attempt to buy out his former club Arsenal.

Vieira and his former Arsenal teammates Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry backed the takeover bid from Spotify founder Ek in April, following the club’s involvement in the failed Super League project European.

Stan Kroenke, who owns the club through his company Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, rejected the offer, but Henry said last month that Ek remains fully committed to buying Arsenal and that “he and us are here to stay.”

Former Arsenal captain Vieira was then appointed manager of Crystal Palace in July and is expected to make an emotional return to north London on Monday evening, live Air sports.

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Mikel Arteta has urged Arsenal fans to give Viera the welcome he deserves when Crystal Palace visits Arsenal on Monday night.

“I was just speaking as Patrick, a former Arsenal football player,” Vieira said when asked for his support for Ek’s buyout plans.

“This comment was based on the evolution of the management (of the club).

“I was talking to someone who had a different point of view and a different way of doing (forward) Arsenal Football Club.

“That was why Dennis and Thierry were involved in the kind of situation Arsenal found themselves in.

“I’m in a different position than I was a few months ago. So I’m not going to express myself the same way as when I was just a former Arsenal football player. “

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Vieira has confirmed that Eberechi Eze is back in training with the team but will not be rushed after a long injury.

Henry confirmed in September that there was “no dialogue” between the Kroenke family and Ek over a possible change of ownership at Arsenal.

But Arsenal’s top scorer Henry said the deal was not dead, saying: “It hasn’t happened yet, but he and us are here to stay. So let’s see what will happen. “

However, Vieira said: “When you looked at the situation at the time, it was clear that the Kroenke family were saying the club was not for sale.

“Then I think it was all over. You cannot buy a football club if it is not for sale. “

Vieira returns to Arsenal for the first time as a manager almost six years after starting his executive career with MLS in New York.

The 45-year-old also succeeded in Nice in the French Ligue 1.

“Coming back from my time at Manchester City (as manager of the Elite Development Squad) and where I am today, there were some ups and downs,” Vieira said. “But overall I’m really happy with the course I’ve done so far.

“What I really wanted was to come back to the Premier League to manage and I’m really lucky to be at a good football club.

“There is the basis to express myself as a manager and I want to grow with the football club.

“This football club is really ambitious, as I am as a coach, and we can both achieve some good things here.

“The club want to be bigger and challenge themselves for bigger things, and we’re developing something pretty interesting. “

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