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Arteta says Kroenke has apologised but had to pass it on to Arsenal players

Stan Kroenke

Kroenke apologised

Mikel Arteta faced the media and said that owner Stan Kroenke had apologised for the club’s involvement in the Super League plans.

The now dismantled proposal caused serious backlash from supporters across the world.

Protests are planned for Friday but Arteta has said that he understands the situation.

“Yes, absolutely,” said the Spaniard when asked if the Kroenke’s had apologised.

Arteta says Kroenke has apologised but had to pass it on to Arsenal players

COMMERCE CITY, COLORADO – JULY 15: Josh Kroenke the Arsenal Director with Stan Kroenke the Arsenal Owner before the match between Colorado Rapids v Arsenal at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on July 15, 2019 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

“Obviously they have the maximum responsibility of running the football club and this is what they said. They apologised for disturbing the team, not having the capacity or ability to communicate in a different way earlier and explain the reasons why.

“They wanted me to pass on the message to the players. That’s all you can ask for. The way they’ve done it, I have to accept it completely.”

Knowing that a message had to be passed onto the players instead of them being addressed directly is likely to further frustrate fans.

Nicknamed ‘Silent Stan,’ the owner has failed to speak directly to supporters and seemingly the players have received similar treatment.

Arteta says fan power won

Arteta spoke of how the fan power had ‘killed the project’ and that clubs must ‘listen to them.’

“This has given a big lesson and it shows the importance of football in the world. It shows that the soul of this sport belongs to the fans and that’s it,” said Arteta.

Arteta says Kroenke has apologised but had to pass it on to Arsenal players

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Mikel Arteta the manager / head coach of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 1, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

“During this pandemic for a year, we’ve been trying to sustain this industry with no fans in the stadium but when the fans have to come out and talk they’ve talked really loud and clear.

“They’ve sent probably the strongest message that has ever been sent in the football world. Every club leaving their interest apart have done the right thing, which is, they [the fans] are the ones [we have to listen to]. We have to listen to them.

“We put it out and within 24 hours they killed the project. That’s a massive statement in the history of football.”

He described the fans as the ‘soul’ of the sport.

“In a club like Arsenal and in football in general. We have to understand them. As I said before, I don’t want to repeat myself but this has shown the importance of the fans in world football and that they are the soul of this sport.”

Arsenal play Everton on Friday at 8pm with a protest against the owner scheduled for 6pm.

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This article was edited by Robert Fosterman.