Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has admitted that the “All or Nothing” documentary caused distractions to his side during the course of last season.
THE LOWDOWN: MIXED TENURE
Mikel Arteta became Arsenal’s new coach in December 2019. The Spaniard left his role as Manchester City assistant manager and replaces Freddie Ljungberg, who took over as interim head coach following Unai Emery’s sacking at the end of November.
Upon his appointment, he stated that he believed the club had lost direction and that he didn’t want players to shirk responsibility. Arsenal went on to win the final 2–1 over Chelsea for a record 14th victory, making Arteta the first person to win the FA Cup as both captain and coach of Arsenal. He followed that up with a Community Shield triumph over Liverpool that August.
The following campaign did not go accordingly as the Gunners finished in a distant eight, thereby missing out on a place in any European competition the following campaign. Meanwhile, Arsenal had the UCL qualification within their before a 3-0 defeat at Spurs and subsequent loss at Newcastle saw them miss out.
THE LATEST: “ALL OR NOTHING” DISTRACTION
Mikel Arteta admits Amazon’s new All or Nothing series didn’t help his team last season.
“The distraction, or attraction, was last year having them here every single day,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“We tried to work together to make sure that whatever is produced is the reality of how this football club is run.”
“The passion of its people, the aims and responsibilities we all have to make it work, how much we care and love the club and how much we want to bring enjoyment to our people.”
Ultimately, the Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League as they went yet another season without Champions League football.
THE VERDICT: NO MORE EXCUSES
Arsenal have shown ambition and look like a team with a plan going forward at the moment. The type of signings made and other decisions taken have been towards rebuilding the squad in order to compete with other Premier League top sides.
Now, for the second successive summer, Arsenal have been heavy spenders. The investment last year amounted to around £150 million. Now it is closer to £120m, with Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira and Oleksandr Zinchenko the most prominent additions.
Arsenal have done well in preseason once again and the season gets underway at Crystal Palace, a side they picked just a point from last term. It could be the first real test for Arteta and his men ahead of a defining campaign.
At least Arteta and Arsenal have no distractions this season, so he is expected to deliver at least a top-four finish, while anything shy of that will be a bad season for the Gunners.