The manager of Arsenal football club, Mikel Arteta has revealed that the owner of the club, Stan Kroenke, and the club’s chief executive Vinai Venkatesham have extended their apology to him over the club’s decision to join the failed European Super League.
Arsenal were among the 6 clubs in the Premier League – Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, and Liverpool, that signed up for the controversial European Super League. After intense pressure, the 6 clubs withdrew from the proposed league.
In a statement Arsenal issued after they withdrew from the controversial league, the club apologized to the club’s supporters and described their decision to join the league as a mistake.
The Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham has been calling PL club execs among the 14 today to apologise for his club’s actions re European Super League, according to sources. Conversations described as rather awkward but sentiment behind it appreciated— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) April 21, 2021
Ahead of Arsenal Premier League game against Everton which is scheduled to kick-off at 20:00 on Friday, April 23, Mikel Arteta revealed that “Vinai, the ownership, and everybody that is involved in the process” of joining the league at the club apologized to him when he got to know about the club’s decision.
He also revealed that he was not carried along before the club signed up for the failed European Super League. Mikel Arteta however noted that the ownership of the club had good intentions when they signed up for the failed league.
He said: “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 have to really respect that when people have genuine intentions to do the best for this football club but, if it’s not the right thing to do, they can apologize. I think the players, staff, and everybody working at the club has to accept that and move on…
“I found out just a little bit before the news was leaked, and then everything was completely out of control and the world reacted in a really unified manner,” said Arteta.
“So not really time to think about it, reflect or evaluate because by the time it was out, a big tsunami came onto it and basically killed it.
“Vinai spoke to me and explained a little bit what was happening just before it was announced. He was very clear and transparent with me.
“I understand the reasons why we could not know. Obviously, we were not involved in the decision.”
Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal’s squad have moved on from the controversial European Super League saga and are focused on their league match against Everton.
Arsenal need to beat Everton to move up on the league table. They are currently sitting on the 9th spot on the league table with 46 points in 32 games. While Everton are three points above them with a game in hand.