This is not the first takeover bid rejected by Stan Kroenke, who rejected an offer from minority shareholder Alisher Usmanov in 2017 that valued the club at a similar level to that which Ek offered.
Keown insists if the Kroenkes are to remain in charge however then they need to provide financial backing for Arteta to get the 10th-placed Gunners back towards the summit of the Premier League table.
The fixture with Leeds marks the start of another hectic run of matches which includes two ties against Benfica in the Europa League, with league clashes against Manchester City and Arsenal before the end of the month.
Arteta probably needs to switch to a back-three formation but he has been stubborn of late in trying to play with a more traditional four in defence – so will probably stick with that.
Chelsea signed experience Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva ahead of the 2020/21 campaign to help fix their leaky defence and Arsenal have the opportunity to strike a similar deal to their London rivals.
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