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Arsenal met with players

Arsenal’s players and staff met with club executive Vinai Venkatesham after the announcement the club was to be one of the Founding Clubs of the proposed European Super League.

The executive was there to answers the concerns of those who had them and to explain why the club had taken the decision.

Meetings are taking place at London Colney today between Arsenal and the players. Vinai Venkatesham will be explaining the club’s position on the Super League and answering questions from the players around their concerns at the plans.

— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) April 19, 2021

Arsenal have been playing out of Europe’s top competition for 4 seasons in a row. The failure to qualify, with this season also not looking likely, besides by winning the Europa League, shows why the club is so keen to join.

The financial losses the club is making also feed into a desire to earn additional revenue.

Here’s a clue as to why 12 clubs have signed up for a European Super League:

They lost a combined £1.2 billion in 2019/20 before player sales*

And that was for a season where only the last 3 months were impacted by COVID…

*Liverpool have not yet published their accounts

— Swiss Ramble (@SwissRamble) April 18, 2021

Arteta & players left frustrated

The decision has reportedly left Mikel Arteta and the Arsenal players frustrated.

They were not told that this was happening or going to be announced.

European Super League fall out at Arsenal:

– Mikel Arteta and players left frustrated at not being informed before announcement

– Former Arsenal head of football Raúl Sanllehi tells me he is “not involved in any way with this project”

And more:

— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) April 19, 2021

Considering the troubles the Gunners have had this season, it is likely this will only further affect performances from a mental standpoint.

However, considering Arsenal’s league finish will soon be irrelevant due to their permanent presence in the Super League.

The Europa League final which would grant The Gunners a return to the Champions League also seems now a moot point.

There is an air of hollowness to the game which will be tough to replace. A task which could take years.

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