Arsenal have issued a statement confirming they will leave the European Super League.
The Gunners have announced they will join a new competition that would effectively replace the Champions League and Europa League in the current format on Sunday night.
However, after a huge backlash from fans, experts, UEFA, FIFA, the government and players – including deputy captain Hector Bellerino – the club made a dramatic turnaround just 48 hours later after it was confirmed earlier Tuesday night that fellow Premier League club Chelsea and Manchester City would exit the new tournament.
In a tweet from the club’s official account, Arsenal apologized to their supporters and accepted the guilt for making the decision, which they now admit is wrong.
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“As a result of listening to you and the wider football community in recent days, we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League,” the post reads.
“We made a mistake and we apologize for that.”
The Gunners are the only Premier League team to retire apologizing to Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City for failing to do so, and Chelsea have yet to post any comments at the time of writing.
The tweet was posted in conjunction with a statement from the Arsenal board that reinforced the message that the club felt they had made a mistake and asked for forgiveness from the fans.
“The last few days have once again shown us the depth of feelings our fans around the world have towards this great club and the game we love,” the text reads.
“We shouldn’t have been reminded of this, but the response of supporters in recent days has given us time for further reflection and deep reflection.
“We never intended to cause such trouble, however, when the invitation to join the Super League arrived, even though we knew there were no guarantees, we did not want to be left to ensure we protected Arsenal and its future.
“As a result of listening to you and the wider football community in recent days, we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League. We made a mistake and we apologize for that.
“We know it will take time to restore your faith in what we are trying to achieve here at Arsenal, but let’s be clear that the decision to be part of the Super League is driven by our desire to protect Arsenal, the club you love, and support the game you love through greater solidarity and financial stability.
“Stability is key to making the game progress and we will continue to strive to provide the security we need to progress.
“The system needs to be fixed. We need to work together to find solutions that protect the future of the game and harness the extraordinary power that football has to take us to the edge of the seat.
“Finally, we know that this was disturbing at the end of an incredibly difficult year for all of us.
“Our goal is always to make the right decisions for this great football club, to protect it for the future and to take us forward. We have not made the right decision here that we fully accept.
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Arsenal will hold a press conference on Thursday morning at which manager Mikel Arteta will probably solve the problem.