Mikel Arteta is proud of his Arsenal players after their show of solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement.
He revealed that club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang called him to request the squad where T-shirts in the warm up before their behind-closed-doors friendly with Brentford on Wednesday, in support of the widespread protests following the tragic death of George Floyd last month.
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Bukayo Saka wore a shirt which stated: “My skin is not a crime”, while Kieran Tierney wore a T-shirt with the words: “I can’t breathe”, the same words uttered by Floyd while he was being held on the floor by police.
Hector Bellerin’s had the message: “I’m not black but I stand with you”.
After the warm up, all of the players and Arteta then took a knee on the Emirates pitch for a picture.
And speaking to Sky Sports, Arteta revealed his pride for the “powerful” statement his squad had made.
“The thing that I like most is that it came from them,” revealed Arteta. “I got a phone call from the captain asking to do that.
“I spoke with the club straight away and we were very clear that we wanted to support their intentions, everyone collaborated, we created the shirt.
“It was a really strong message and it is more powerful because it comes from them. They think they have to support these types of causes.”