Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has disclosed that owner Stan Kroenke and Chief executive Vinai Venkatesham have apologised to him and the players over the club’s plans to join the collapsed Super League.
On Sunday, Arsenal announced they part of Premier League “big six” to join the breakaway European Super League.
However, the move ignited angry protests from supporters and football bodies across Europe, forcing all clubs involved to withdraw from the league on Tuesday.
Arsenal has since put out a statement on Tuesday night apologising for signing up to the Super League.
“Yes, starting from Vinai, the ownership and everybody that is involved in the process.” Arteta confirmed on Sky Sports .
“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 apologise. I think the players, staff and everybody working at the club has to accept that and move on.”
Arteta was then asked whether Kroenke – or his son Josh Kroenke, who is a director at Arsenal – had directly apologised to him, and the head coach said: “Yes, absolutely.
“Obviously they are the maximum responsible to run the football club. They apologised for disturbing the team, not having the capacity or ability to communicate in a different way earlier and explained the reasons why.
“And they passed on a message to the players. That’s all you can ask for, and I have to accept it.
“I spoke with them yesterday [Wednesday]. As always, every time we need something and every time something is happening, they are straight away ready to act, to give the answers they can and give the support they can.”