Is this the way the game is played now? Souness rips into Mikel Arteta’s “nonsense” strategy, asking, “Is this what the modern game has become?”
Some of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s strategies have been called “nonsense” by Arsenal legend Graeme Souness.
With 11 games left in the Premier League season, the Gunners are currently five points ahead of second place.
Some of his coaching techniques, such as playing Anfield noise through speakers during a training session before a game in Liverpool, have caught the attention of the media.
After last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Fulham, Arsenal’s players were photographed in the locker room holding a replica of the Clock End’s famous clock.
Furthermore, both of Arteta’s ideas have been dismantled by Souness.
I read the story about Arsenal bringing their home comforts into opposition dressing rooms and had to read it again to make sure it wasn’t a joke,” he wrote in his column for The Mail.
“Really? Is this what the modern game has become?
Says one Fulham fan: “So Arsenal players arrive to find their own clock on the wall along with their own pictures and stickers?
Only a successful manager could get away with such an unusual tactic.
Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager, is doing a great job, but he has a history of saying ridiculous things.
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In preparation for a game at Anfield last season, he played You’ll Never Walk Alone over the loudspeakers during practice. They did well considering they lost by a score of 4-0.
I didn’t want to feel at ease in the opposing team’s locker room. My goal was to avoid recreating the atmosphere of my own living room. I was busy working. I needed to get pumped up because I was in hostile territory.
I guarantee that I would have laughed out loud if, upon entering an opposing stadium, I saw a replica of Anfield’s clock hanging on the wall. “And I wouldn’t have been alone, either.”
On Thursday night, Arsenal was eliminated from the Europa League by a penalty shootout loss to Sporting Lisbon.
However, they are still in a strong position to win the Premier League title and can put themselves in a commanding eight-point lead over second-placed Crystal Palace with a victory on Sunday.