Thursday 11 August 2022

All or Nothing: Arsenal episode 4

Episode 4 begins dramatically with the end of Aubamayeng's captaincy and his exile from the club, as he trained alone.

People often ask me how I feel about Auba and my answer is: 'He is still a legend and one of my favourite players of all time.' The problem for me is Mikel Arteta is even more legendary, I feel, for the values he's brought to the club and I also can't forget what an exemplary skipper he was when he joined Arsenal as a player.

Luckily, the club and the fans mostly backed the manager, who is coming out of this documentary as potentially one of the best in the world.

This episode documented how it was the last straw with Auba, as he broke the camel's back. Perhaps some people think it's strange, but in the workplace, you often have to document misdemeanours, when you're in a managerial role. No one likes to do it, but it's often necessary. That's why I believe that Arteta was justified in assembling a dossier on Auba.

The Auba decision was vindicated by results and the episode ends with Arteta getting Covid, Gabriel getting sent off unjustifiably, Man City getting the softest penalty you've ever seen, and a defeat at home.

Watching from home, Arteta told the players how proud he was of their performance, and it's easy to understand why.

The other thing to come out of this was what a nice guy Martinellli is. You can see how hardworking and humble he is. Not only that, he's really talented.

To be honest, when he first arrived in England, I couldn't see what all the fuss was about but I was wrong: Martinelli is the real deal. Who says: 'nice guys can't succeed?'

I think the next episode promises to be full of disappointing news, as the winter transfer is open and we all know it was more about the exit door than the entrance to Arsenal Football Club.

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