The pressure is already on Mikel Arteta to deliver at Arsenal this season, but that will only increase following the launch of Amazon Prime Video’s fly-on-the-wall documentary today.
Cameras followed the club’s every move last season and now is the chance for people to examine where Arsenal went wrong in their bid to qualify for the Champions League.
Having fallen short, the Gunners have backed Arteta in the transfer market and spent big this summer.
Arteta has secured his top striker target with the £45million arrival of Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City. Oleksandr Zinchenko has also transformed the alliance for north London, while the arrival of highly-rated Portuguese youngster Fabio Vieira has pushed the club’s total spending to over £100m.
This summer’s spending means the pressure is on Arteta to lead Arsenal back into the Champions League this season.
Arsenal have enjoyed an excellent pre-season this summer, winning all five of their matches, and the mood inside and outside the club is one of optimism.
In past seasons, the Gunners have gone into their opening game of the season still needing reinforcements or looking undercooked, but Arteta cannot argue that is the case this time around.
Ahead of the Premier League kick-off at Crystal Palace tomorrow night, fans of all clubs will have the chance to watch the first three episodes of All or Nothing: Arsenal.
It’s the ideal appetizer ahead of the new season, as supporters get an insight into Arteta and, to use his own description, his “crazy ideas”. Like Jose Mourinho in Amazon Prime’s Tottenham documentary, a lot of airtime centers around Arteta.
It’s a shift from the Spaniard himself, who often prefers to keep things in-house despite being with the media. While incidents have escalated in the past, such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s loss of the captaincy, Arteta has reiterated his desire to resolve matters “internally” rather than be in the public eye.
Arsenal have certainly signed him based on what viewers see from the documentary but the insight into Arteta’s coaching methods means he is open to scrutiny.
One of his “crazy ideas” included speakers saying you’ll never walk alone in training, before Arsenal headed to Anfield. Another told him to have his players rub their hands together to create positive energy in the dressing room before a match at Leicester.
For those who have bought into Arteta’s way of thinking, the scenes will serve as confirmation of why they rate him so highly. In their eyes, he will come across as an innovative coach who tries out new ideas to motivate his players.
There are undoubtedly those, however, who will see this as an opportunity to question Arteta. If Arsenal have a bad result at Crystal Palace tomorrow, for example, how long will it take for pundits or social media to draw documentary scenes?
Summer spending means the pressure is on Arteta to lead Arsenal back into the Champions League this season.
Today’s start means Arteta is the focus of more attention than before the start of the new Premier League season, and he will only be hoping the Gunners’ campaign doesn’t start like last year, when they suffered three defeats. were rotate
All signs in pre-season suggest that won’t happen again, and technical director Edo recently revealed that he and the club have long believed that 2022/23 will be the season when the project begins.
Arteta knows this too, and now the pressure is on. He’ll just hope he has nothing left come May.