Mikel Arteta has received a personal apology from Stan Kroenke over Arsenal’s intention to be part of the collapsed European Super League – and he is ready to move on.
The Spaniard has watch his side struggle in the Premier League during his first full season in charge, but that has been overshadowed by the actions of his seniors.
With both billionaire Kroenke and chief executive Vinai Venkatesham apologising to supporters over their involvement, Arteta has been contacted for a more personal touch.
As well as their open letter, Venkatesham is said to have called Premier League chiefs at the other 14 clubs to try and make amends for their actions.
In addition to his own chat, Arteta also revealed that the players had received a message.
When asked if there had been direct communication from Kroenke, Arteta said: “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.”
Adding of the situation, Arteta said: "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.
"So not really had time to think about it, reflect or evaluate because by the time it was out, a big tsunami came onto it and basically killed it.
"It’s been a really challenging week for everybody in world football.
“We have to move forward. There’s a lot of lessons we can take from it and we have to learn, reflect and put football in a better position.
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“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 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.”
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