• Arsenal manager feels Kroenkes are ‘excited and committed’
  • More communication from owners to fans ‘would be helpful’

Mikel Arteta has backed Arsenal’s owners, the Kroenke family, in the face of mounting pressure from supporters and a potential bid by Daniel Ek.

Ek, the co-founder of Spotify, intends to test the Kroenkes’ resolve with an offer for Arsenal early next month and has the backing of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp. The Kroenkes released a statement on Tuesday saying they would not entertain any approach and Arteta, who has spoken with them in recent days, said nothing had changed his own view that they are the right people to take the club forward. Arteta added that supporters would be “surprised” by what they found if they were given a rare chance to interact with his employers.

Related: Kroenkes insist Arsenal not for sale but Spotify’s Daniel Ek will press on with bid

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