Tempers high as Mikel Arteta leaves a message to Arsenal fans ahead of planned protests against Stan Kroenke.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is bracing himself for protests against Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke outside the Emirates on Friday night and the Spaniard has conceded: “The fans are free to express themselves.”
Arteta is clear that he wants his players to stay focused and leapfrogging his former club Everton after a turbulent week following European Super League fiasco.
Furious football fans finally made their voice heard after they delivered “probably the strongest message in world football” to sink the Super League at launch.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright was among those who joined the chorus against the club’s American billionaire owner, tweeting “#KroenkeOut.”
Mikel Arteta, however, prefers to keep his players’ minds on the long shot of a top-four finish and next week’s Europa League semi-final against his predecessor Unai Emery’s Villareal.
Asked if the lingering ill-feeling cold be a distraction, despite Arsenal apologizing to their supporters after abandoning the project, Arteta said: “I will try to prepare the team in the best possible way so that isn’t the case.
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“We know that we might have a situation outside the stadium because our fans want to express their feelings, and they made it loud and clear they weren’t having it.
“But our job is to try to make the team as focused as possible to perform on the pitch.
“I am getting used to it, since I joined it has been a rollercoaster and more things have happened in those 18 months than probably in the last 20 years.
“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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