Mikel Arteta is calling for a change in the way football plays out after the revelations of Steve Bruce’s personal misbehavior.
Arsenal chiefs want the game to “reflect” after Newcastle’s sacked counterpart Bruce’s family life has been plagued by fans’ vitriol for several years.
But Arteta refused to blame supporters, instead pointing the finger at football and the society’s culture.
The Magpies’ mega-rich new owners ousted Bruce when his 1000th match as a manager opened his reign with Sunday’s 3-2 home loss to Tottenham.
And Bruce added: “By the time I got to Newcastle, I thought I could handle everything thrown at me but it’s been very, very hard.
“To never really want to, to realize that people want me to fail, to read people constantly saying I’ll fail, that I was worthless, a fat waste of space, a nerd, clever Was incompetent than cabbage-head or whatever. And it was from day one.
“When we were doing fine result-wise, it was like ‘Yeah but the football style is crap’ or I was just ‘lucky’.” It was funny and persistent even though the results were good.
“I tried to enjoy it and, you know, I did. I’ve always enjoyed fighting, proving people wrong, but it all seemed like something. One fight, one fight.”
Arteta responded by saying: “I was really sad to read that statement from Steve.
“You’re talking about someone who has been in the game for over 40 years as a player and a manager.
“I guess we have to reflect. We can’t take some things lightly and accept them as they are.
“No, we are also here to improve and change them, just as we do with any rules, with any fixture list and anything we have that we can for our games, fans, stadiums, facilities and broadcasts. want to improve.
“We’re going to spend more time and we have an open table to discuss how we’re going to do it because I think we have to think about the fact that one of the most experienced managers in the history of England One of the letters is telling you that.
“You can’t ignore it, so to me, that’s a very serious statement and it’s something that has to change and start changing.”
The Spaniard added: “We can’t blame the fans…
“Football is in an industry that’s so big, it has such a huge impact on society that everyone has an opinion and that’s great.
“But when you cross the border, I think it gets really difficult.”
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