Mikel Arteta has revealed that Arsenal’s owners have apologised over the club’s involvements for a breakaway European Super League.
Football has been dominated by the news of a potential breakaway competition featuring some of Europe’s elite clubs, Arsenal one of six Premier League sides to have confirmed their participation before the collapse of the plans this week.
Each of the confirmed clubs announced their agreement to start a new European competition, one which was greeted with outrage following proposals for each of the founding 15 teams to be handed guaranteed annual entry – with just five places reserved for qualifiers based on sporting achievement.
The franchise-style system has subsequently collapsed amid fierce protests from fans, players and managers within the game, several leading figures – including Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola – having criticised the proposals despite their own club’s involvement.
Arteta was one of several Premier League managers to have been left in the dark over his side’s plans to join the competition, admitting he found out only a ‘little bit’ before the news was leaked.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Everton tomorrow, the Spaniard revealed chief executive Vinai Venkatesham and owner Stan Kroenke have since apologised and hopes his side can now move on from the fall-out.
“Yes. Starting from Vinai, the ownership and everybody that is involved in the process,” Arteta told his pre-match press conference when asked if there had been an apology from the hierarchy.
“All of them, with the right intentions to defend the club and put the club in the best possible position for now and for the future, but accepting that the way it’s been handled has had terrible consequences and that it was a mistake.
“I really have to respect that when people have genuine intentions to do the best for this football club. But if it doesn’t happen or not the right thing to do, they can stand up here and apologise.
“I’m speaking for myself and I think the players, staff, everybody working at the club, we have to accept that and move on. The way it’s been handled has been really good internally.”