Mikel Arteta gave his view on the scenes outside Stamford Bridge when Chelsea supporters demonstrated against the European Super League.
Arteta’s Arsenal was one of the clubs included in the competition’s potential development
Speaking in his press conference, which was covered by the club’s official website, the Gunners manager was asked whether he saw the protests from Blues fans on Tuesday evening.
He said: “Again, people and fans are free to express their feelings, and if they decide to do it that way, we have to respect that and we have to listen to them.
“World football listened to them and that’s why they made the decision afterwards to withdraw from the project.”
Chelsea’s Premier League tie against Brighton & Hove Albion was completely overshadowed by events happening off the pitch.
Followers of the Blues swarmed onto Fulham Road to voice their disapproval of the Super League.
The match was even delayed by 15 minutes because the team bus struggled to breakthrough the human wall of displeasure.
As the game inside the stadium rumbled on, it was announced that Chelsea had withdrawn themselves from the project.
Manchester City and the other Premier League sides involved gradually pulled out as well, leaving the plan in tatters.
Other clubs followed suit as the tournament’s organisation thankfully came to halt. For now.