Arsenal stars hold training ground talks over Super League plans

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Arsenal players reportedly held talks with the club’s hierarchy on Monday about the controversial plans for the new European Super League.

The Gunners announced on Sunday that they agreed to be one of the 12 founding members of the breakaway league, which could get begin as early as the 2022-23 season.

According to Goal, manager Mikel Arteta and his first-team squad were kept in the dark throughout negotiations and are now seeking answers from those involved.

Chief executive Vinai Venkatesham – who also stepped down from his role on the board of the European Clubs’ Association – has been leading the discussions at London Colney.

Venkatesham is aware that the players have concerns and will be answering their questions on issues such as them potentially being barred by UEFA from competing with their national teams.

Majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, however, was not involved despite being a major force behind the club’s involvement in the European Super League.

Talks are ongoing between Uefa, the Premier League and relevant footballing bodies regarding the future of football after this shock announcement.