arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta inspired his players with drawings of hearts and brains holding hands – but they all looked confused at first.
Arteta’s management was a big focus, with the Spaniard having to prepare for a huge clash with north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in Episode 2.
Arsenal have lost three of their first five Premier League games and Arteta knows he has to put everyone on the sidelines to beat Tottenham.
What did he do? He decided to keep in mind the belief and desire needed to come out on top in the derby.
My interesting trainer. We know you have to play with your big heart and which one is with your big head haha😂🤣. I loved Arteta from day one 🤛🤛 pic.twitter.com/q2QDacL7lp
— Tunde Yunus (@Tmajor77) August 4, 2022
He picked up a pen and drew a cartoon of the brain and heart on the whiteboard and explained the need for coordinated work on the pitch.
“Guys, we have to play with our big hearts,” he said as he drew. “At the same time, we have to play with our big heads. These have to work together. It’s your passion, how your manager wants you to be in the game. How much you want to be in the game.
“They want to piss you off in the game. [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg, Kane, Dele Alli, [Eric] Dill, you’re always in control. When you have to make decisions, when you have to play through the gears, you can’t play at 100,000 mph for the entire game. “
He then pointed to Arsenal fans as the most important piece of the puzzle, stressing that if they saw the enthusiasm and wise decisions made by the players, they would support them.
Cut to Bukayo Saka, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Martin Odegaard, Albert Sami Lokonga and Emile Smith Rowe.
All six looked bewildered, but in order to give Arteta his due, the speech worked. Arsenal went on to win 3-1 after goals from Smith Rowe, Aubameyang and Saka. They were obviously listening.
Despite the “all-or-nothing” insight into what’s going on inside the Emirates Stadium, Arteta recently said the dressing room cameras were distracting at certain points in the campaign.
“Every day last year they were here for distraction or attraction,” he said at the documentary’s premiere.
“We try to work together to make sure that everything that is produced is a reality of how this football club operates.
“The passion of its staff, the purpose and responsibility that all of us have to make it work, how much we care and love the club and how much we want to have fun with our staff.”
Arsenal are fifth in the Premier League and have failed to qualify for the Champions League. They will return to domestic action against Crystal Palace on Friday night.