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European Super League: Fan backlash to crush breakaway ‘strongest message sent in football’, says Mikel Arteta

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Fans of Chelsea Football Club protest against the European Super League outside Stamford Bridge
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ikel Arteta says the failed launch of the European Super League shows how fans are “the soul of this sport” and sent the “strongest message that has ever been sent in the football world” to ensure the breakaway competition was stopped.

The club have since apologised to supporters and Arteta revealed on Thursday morning that owner Stan Kroenke had said to sorry him and his squad as well.

Arsenal pulled out of the competition following a huge backlash from their supporters and football fans around the country.

Arteta has described their movement as a “tsunami” and he believes it has showed how important fans are to football.

“I think this has given big lessons and it shows the importance of football in the world,” said Arteta.

“And it shows that the soul of this sport belongs to the fans – and that’s it. During this pandemic, for a year, we have been trying to sustain this industry with no fans in the stadium.

“But, when the fans have to come out and talk, they’ve done it really loud and clear, and they sent probably the strongest message that has ever been sent in the football world.

“And every club, leaving their interests apart, has done the right thing – which is, they are the ones (the fans), we have to listen to them, we put it aside and in 24 hours we kill the project.

“So that is a massive statement for the history of football.

“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.

“There was not really time to think about it, reflect and evaluate or anything because by the time that was out, a big tsunami already came onto it and basically killed it.”

Speaking ahead of Everton’s clash with Arsenal, Arteta revealed he had been in direct contact with Gunners owner Kroenke and his son Josh, who is a director.

The Spaniard explained the club’s billionaire owner had apologised for his role in the Super League and insisted he had Arsenal’s best interest at heart.

“As always, every time we need something and something is happening they (the owners) are straight away ready to act, to give us the answers they can do, the support they can do and they have done it again,” said Arteta.

“They have the maximum responsibility to run the football club and that is what they said: ‘Apologies for disturbing the team, we did it without the capacity to communicate in a different way earlier and pass on my message to the players’ – that is all you can ask for.

“All of them had 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 was 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 the club and then they can stand up here and apologise.”

Protests were already planned to take place against the Super League, but now that it is dead in the water attention has turned to Kroenke.

Supporters already had a fractured relationship with the owner and his role in trying to launch the Super League has reopened old wounds.

The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust (AST) have said Kroenke is “not fit to own Arsenal”, while they also want him to pay any costs for the Gunners leaving the Super League.

They tweeted on Wednesday night: “Reports Arsenal could have lost up to £8m on Super League costs. That’s many times more than the salaries of the 55 they made redundant.

“What a disgraceful farce. Any costs should be borne by Kroenke and not Arsenal. It was his idea. He should pay #KroenkeOut #FansIn”.

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Liverpool XI vs Manchester United: Commencing lineup, confirmed group information, most current harm update now

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Manchester United XI vs Liverpool: Confirmed team news, predicted line up, injury latest for Premier League

The defender sat out Saturday’s 2- win more than Southampton with what Jurgen Klopp explained as a “minor issue”, leaving Rhys Williams to lover Nat Phillips at the coronary heart of the defence.

On the other hand, Klopp will be without having Kabak along with midfielders James Milner and Naby Keita, as none of the trio have recovered from the knocks which held them out from the Saints.

Klopp has expressed his self-assurance in fielding the somewhat-inexperienced central-defensive partnership of Phillips and Williams, who stored a clean sheet from Saints.

Captain Jordan Henderson will not perform for the club once more this period as he continues his comeback from groin surgery.

Klopp’s reverse range, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is going through all types of selection dilemmas, with the rearrangement of this sport following it was postponed because of enthusiast protests before this thirty day period meaning it now falls at the conclusion of a operate of 3 video games in five days for United. 

Liverpool, by distinction, have not played because Saturday evening, and Klopp is as a result probable to go whole-strength as his side glimpse to preserve alive their hopes of ending in the Champions League destinations. 

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez keep on being very long-phrase absentees, whilst Jordan Henderson is also nevertheless to return and faces a race to demonstrate his exercise in time for this summer’s European Championships.

Manchester United XI: Henderson, Wan Bissaka, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Pogba, Cavani

Subs: De Gea, Mata, Greenwood, Diallo, Alex Telles, Matic, Williams, van de Beek, Tuanzebe

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Rhys Williams, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Firmino, Jota

Subs: Mane, Adrian, Jones, Tsimikas, Shaqiri, Origi, Woodburn, Kelleher, Neco Williams

Liverpool provisional squad: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, R Williams, Phillips, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Salah, Firmino, Mane, Adrian, N Williams, Koumetio, Tsimikas, Jones, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jota, Shaqiri, Woodburn.

Injury listing: Henderson, Milner, Van Dijk, Keita, Davies, Matip, Gomez, Kabak, Kelleher, Origi

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