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Press conference: Arteta speaks on European Super League and more ahead of Everton clash

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on March 14, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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Arsenal are preparing to host Everton in the Premier League on Friday. Ahead of the game, Mikel Arteta has given a press conference where he spoke out on different topics including the European Super League.

On European Super League

Yeah 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.

If anyone has apologized

Yes. Starting from Vinai, the ownership, and everybody that is involved in the process. 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 obviously has had terrible consequences and that it was a mistake.

Did the Kronke’s apologize?

Yes absolutely. Obviously, they have the maximum responsibility to run the football club and this is what they said.

On why did Arsenal think it was a good idea to join the ESL?

Well I don’t know but I know the people that works in the organisation. First of all they are very caring for the interests of the football club and secondly they are very intelligent and professional people. So I’m sure that they have the right reasons to start something but it clearly didn’t work, or it wasn’t the right time, it wasn’t done the right way and it was time to step back.

On how much has the squad been affected?

I don’t know. We tried to speak to them, Vinai explained to all of them what happened, so hopefully they are in a good place. It was a big shock for all of us to go through.

On protests at Chelsea

Again, that people and fans are free to express their feelings. If they decide to do it that way, we have to respect that. We have to listen to them.”

On speaking with Pep Guaridola about it?

I was going to, but again, by the time that was happening, it didn’t even give us time because we knew what was happening. It was clear that we were going to get out of it and it wasn’t necessary.

On the five key players

They’re all doing really well to be fair they’re a little bit ahead of schedule. We don’t expect them for Everton I think. We have the doubt with Martin, let’s see how he is in training. The rest will be out and let’s get them as quick as possible back in the team.

How big is this game?

 Yes again they’re having a really good season. We need to win every game now in the Premier League to give us the best possible chance to be in Europe next season through that competition.

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