Hector Bellerin became the first Arsenal player to react to the news that Arsenal had signed up for the European Super League.
The Gunners announced on Sunday night that they will take part in a new competition that will effectively replace the Champions League and Europa League in the current format.
football.london understands that none of the player staff was aware that the decision was made until the rest of the world began to find out during their 1-1 draw with Fulham.
Speaking immediately after the draw with the Cottagers at the Emirates Stadium, Mikel Arteta claimed he had heard nothing about it.
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“I don’t know anything about it,” he said.
“I don’t know once I know every detail and I have all the information and then I can evaluate and give you my opinion,” he added further.
The Gunners ’gaming staff generally decided to join their manager, keeping silent on the matter until the full nature of the proposal to join the European Super League was published.
However, Hector Bellerin has now switched to social media to become the first Arsenal player to address the issue.
The Spanish defender posted on his Twitter account a picture of his former manager Arsene Wenger, with a quote from the Frenchman that reads: “All Arsenal fans care about the club’s values. My love and support forever.”
Bellerin is one of a dwindling number of players at the club that played under Wenger and is the current longest-serving Arsenal player to make his 2013 debut.
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Arsenal players Beth Mead revitalized a post by Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford featuring a banner at Old Trafford with a quote from Sir Matt Busby that reads “football is nothing without fans”, but Bellerin is the first senior player from the men’s team to admit the news on social media.
The 26-year-old is a member of the PFA artillery team and was captain of the team during a draw with Fulham on Sunday in the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang due to malaria.
football.london understands that he is the leader in the locker room of Arsenal and that he played a role in uniting the team due to the 12.5% salary reduction that the gaming staff took at the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.