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Mikel Arteta urges Arsenal to move on from Daniel Ek's proposed takeover after Kroenkes turned down bid

Daniel Ek claims he had £1.8bn offer for Arsenal rejected by the Kroenke family last week; Gunners' US owners insist the club is not for sale; Mikel Arteta admits to underwhelming season ahead of final game at home to Brighton on Sunday, live on Sky Sports from 3:50pm; kick-off 4pm

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Mikel Arteta says it is time to move on from Daniel Ek's proposed takeover of Arsenal so the club can search for unity and progress next season

Mikel Arteta says it is time to move on from Daniel Ek's proposed takeover of Arsenal "for the benefit of the club".

Spotify co-founder Ek claimed he had a £1.8bn offer for Arsenal turned down last week by the club's owners, Stan Kroenke and his son Josh.

Ek - whose plans have been backed by Gunners legends Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry - says the Kroenkes told him they 'don't need the money'.

Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek
Image: Spotify founder and chief executive Daniel Ek is said to be an Arsenal fan

The US owners have long been unpopular with some Arsenal supporters and their role in signing the club up to the failed European Super League has only added to the fans' unhappiness.

However, the Kroenkes have regularly insisted they will not sell Arsenal, and when asked whether the time had come to forget about Ek's planned takeover, Arteta said: "I really hope so because I think it's very clear where the owners are standing.

"For the benefit of the club, which I think is the only interest, we are aiming to get the unity and togetherness that we need to be back where we want."

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke
Image: Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is unpopular with large sections of supporters

Arsenal go into their final game of the season - at home to Brighton on Sunday, live on Sky Sports - ninth in the Premier League and guaranteed to end the season without a trophy.

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While they will still qualify for the inaugural Europa Conference League if they beat Brighton and Everton and Tottenham fail to win on the final day, Arteta accepts his first full season in charge has been less successful than he envisioned.

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"This is not where we want to be," the manager admitted. "We haven't won a title. In the league we have two more points than last season, but that is nowhere near what we wanted.

"The fact that we don't have a title makes it really difficult to see more positives."

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Arsenal's form in the first few months of the season was bad enough to see Arteta sweating over his position, but a surprise 3-1 win at home to Chelsea on Boxing Day appeared to mark a turning point.

The following month saw a number of out-of-favour players, such as Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi, leave the club, and their form in the second half of the season places them fifth in the Premier League form table.

While Arteta admitted Arsenal are still not where they hoped to be on the field, he suggested changes made off the pitch have been more successful, saying: "There are a lot of other things that have been done that were very necessary that were not related to results.

"It's a lot of things from September to December that are contributing to that. There were a lot of things in that period.

"This is my job - to identify and to be very critical with myself and try to analyse why things happened. If it's positive, let's keep doing a lot of the good things that we are doing."

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