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"We are here to stay" | Arsenal legend Bergkamp determined to complete takeover

Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp says the group bidding to take over the club won't give up.

Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira are working with Spotify owner Daniel Ek to buy out current owner Stan Kroenke. Their 1.8 billion pound bid was rejected last week.

Speaking to Dutch football magazine, Voetbal International, Bergkamp said Arsenal needs to be run on sporting, rather than business, principles.

“Daniel doesn’t see a takeover as buying a nice toy," the former Holland striker said.

“We can’t force anyone to sell. I understand that, in addition to that offer, Daniel has now reached out twice to Josh Kroenke and his bankers.

“Whatever Kroenke’s intentions are, it would be good if we at least have a conversation with each other. Regardless, Daniel is not a quitter and neither are we. We are here to stay.

“The club is in my heart. Just like Patrick and Thierry, I recognise the Arsenal from our own time less and less. The ambition to win top prizes is in Arsenal’s DNA, never accepting loss.

"That mentality has slowly disappeared. I sense resignation about the current situation.

“That is serious. As if, given the financial situation, it is normal for Arsenal to end in the middle bracket. That does not belong to this club. The DNA must be restored."

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