Mikel Arteta says the Kroenkes apologised to him about their botched attempt to take Arsenal into a Super League. “Obviously they have the maximum responsibility of running the football club and this is what they said,” he explained in his press conference this morning. “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.”
It did not necessarily sound like an apology for the idea itself. Under intensive questioning Arteta generally defended his employers but he did say the ability to participate in a competition “has to be earned on the pitch”. He said a “big tsunami” killed the league, referring to the strength of reaction to it.