Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes that players need to be heard out over their concerns as the Covid-19 cases continue to rise. Arteta questioned whether player welfare is being taken seriously after the Premier League decided to continue with the current schedule. He admitted that they would have preferred more postponements amid the spike in coronavirus cases in the Premier League. There were 90 positive coronavirus cases last week among players and staff.
“We have to listen to them [the players],” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said. “There are two protagonists in all of this: one is the players and the other the supporters. Without players, we can do nothing. So we have to really listen to the players because they’re the ones that have to be there (on the pitch during Covid). It is easy for us to be there and demand when they’re the ones who have to perform and they have to do it. And the same with the fans because this industry wouldn’t work without any of those two. So I think we have to listen much more to our players.”
“If the players are saying that (no concern for player welfare) then it is genuine because they have never done it like this,” he added. “They always try to carry on and try to get this league at the highest standards and when they start to say something like that, think we have to really really listen with open ears because we don’t want to damage the product and the incredible league that we have.”