Mikel Arteta defended Arsenal owners after fans protested again against the Kroenke family. The Arsenal head coach said the club’s “passionate” owners have “ambition.”
On the very day when Arsenal fans protested their ownership of the club once again, Arteta defended the Kroenke family.
So, within the matter of a day, Mikel Arteta defended Arsenal owners after fans protested again.
On Sunday, Arsenal defeated Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0. In this final Premier League home game of the season, two goals from Nicolas Pepe gave them a win.
There were 10,000 fans inside Emirates Stadium to watch the game. And many of them expressed their displeasure with the Kroenke family.
Josh Kroenke was in attendance for the game. Then, the American met with Arteta before the game, after which the Arsenal head coach defended him.
“He’s very supportive, very passionate about the club,” Arteta told a post-match media conference.
“He wants to take the club to a different level. That’s the ambition and that’s why he’s here.”
“I am disappointed we are not in Europe,” Arteta said. “We made progress with the number of points but it’s frustrating because last season with 61 points you were fifth and now you are eighth.
“It shows you the level you need to get into. We won the last five games but it wasn’t enough.”
Arteta said: “I leave the season sad because this club deserves to be delivered trophies and Champions League football and we haven’t been able to do that.
“We have tried to stick together and do our best. It’s not been enough.”
“Now we have to be very critical with ourselves and me,” he continued. “For next season prepare the best possible way and take advantage of that.”
“Hopefully, we can have a pre-season because I haven’t had that and have the chance to work with those players and do a better job,” he finished.