Mikel Arteta insists there is “good communication” with Kroenkes at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta has insisted he enjoys a good line of communication with Arsenal owners Josh and Stan Kroenke.

Arteta was speaking at a press conference ahead of the Gunners’ Europa League semi-final second-leg against Villarreal.

Arsenal need to win at the Emirates on Thursday after losing the first-leg 2-1 in Spain last week.

While Arteta attempts to focus his side on the task at hand, questions continue to swirl over Arsenal’s ownership.

The Spaniard was broached on a series of topics, including his relationship with the Kroenke family and supporter protests.

One of the questions posed to Arteta concerned how often he speaks to the club’s American owners.

"Often enough and the rest Vinai, Tim, Edu do it often as well", he replied. "There's a really good communication line."

Arteta also gave his thoughts on the possibility of more fan-led protests outside the Emirates before the match against Villarreal.

Gunners supporters made their feelings clear about the club’s ownership prior to last month’s fixture with Everton.

Hundreds of fans gathered outside the ground with banners and chanted against the Kroenkes in the wake of the European Super League project.

Arteta knows more protests could happen on Thursday and is wary of their threat after Sunday’s events at Old Trafford.

Manchester United’s match with Liverpool was postponed after angry supporters managed find their way inside the stadium.

The chances of something similar happening at the Emirates are slim, but Arteta acknowledges that fans have a right to make their feelings known.

He said: "They have to be able to express themselves. They have the right to do it.

"We will try to prepare the game in the best possible way. I know the only purpose of the fans is to defend the club and they want the best for the team."

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