Mikel Arteta's sensible answer when asked for his view on the Newcastle United takeover

By Andrew Musgrove

Mikel Arteta believes that his view on the Newcastle United takeover is 'not relevant.'

The Spaniard, whose Arsenal side face the Magpies' this Saturday, was asked about the Saudi-led consortium finally completing a deal for the club.

Questions were asked of Arteta following the publication of the government's fan-led review in which the Toon deal - which was completed last month - was explicitly mentioned.

Asked why Arsenal were opposed to the deal - as was reported, Arteta said: "I cannot say much.

"I think we have the regulators who decide who can own a football club or not - they've gone through the system and now Newcastle have new owners.

"They have fulfilled the criteria needed and that's it - that is what the regulators should do."

Arteta was then asked for his personal views on the new ownership from an 'ethical' point of view.

He responded: "We are guided by the regulators and what we think is better or not, is not very relevant."

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It was a short and brief answer - unlike that of Liverpool Jurgen Klopp who compared the takeover as something similar to the European Super League proposals, the deal in his view guaranteeing Newcastle a place in the Champions League in the years to follow.

Arteta's answer was much more diplomatic, and as he pointed out, the deal passed the Premier League's owners and directors test - despite the concerns raised.

The Saudi sovereign wealth fund - The PIF, alongside PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports and Media - finally bought the club from Mike Ashley after a prolonged saga to do so.

Newcastle head to the Emirates for a 12:30 pm kick-off on Saturday and are in desperate need of a win - remaining the only club in the league system not to have recorded a victory this season.

Jason Tindall is leading the press conference tomorrow with Howe missing out due to COVID-19 - it remains to be seen whether Howe will be in the dugout for the game.

The Magpies are bottom of the league with the gap to safety already five points.


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