Mikel Arteta admits he feels responsibility to make Arsenal supporters ‘happy’ as England goes into a second lockdown on Thursday.
Premier League football and other elite sports will still be allowed to continue during the four-week lockdown, but amateur sports and lower leagues will be put on hold.
Arteta has only experienced three months of the Arsenal fans support inside stadiums since being appointed as manager in December, and he reiterated in his pre-match Europa League press conference just how much sympathy he has towards those people struggling right now.
“The message to the fans is that I miss them a lot. With what we are trying to build here, I want them to be a big part of the feeling and the passion that we want to transmit as a football club.
“We haven’t been able to spend time with them and now they have to go and sit in their houses again. I think that increases our responsibility to give them some happiness in these moments where people are suffering, and mentally it’s a really tough period to go through.
The measures will also see the closure of pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops which lasts until December 2.
Arsenal face Norwegian side Molde on Thursday night having won their opening two group stage games in the Europa League.
By signing up for our Arsenal newsletter, you will receive a once-daily email, focused around goings-on at Emirates Stadium.
You won’t miss a thing when it comes to the Gunners – you’ll get all you need to know directly into your inbox.
We’ll also send out special newsletters with any big breaking news too.
How do you sign up?
It’s easy and only takes seconds.
Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article – or any article on the Arsenal section of football.london in fact – labelled ‘Get the biggest daily stories by email’ and click ‘Subscribe’.
And that’s it, you’re all set.
If you decide later that you no longer…