Thursday 11 August 2022

All or Nothing: Arsenal episode 6

As much I love Arteta, I don't think this episode was the same level as the others, even though it was about El Boss.

It starts off with revenge tasting bitter-sweet with Arteta using Ivan Toney's 'kickabout' tweet as a motivational tool against Brentford. It was still a 2-1 win in an unconvincing performance.

We later get to see Arteta at home. Again, viewers will feel the key to success is a supportive family and he's got that with his wife and three sons.

Lacazette takes centre stage a bit more, confronting Smith-Rowe about his tasteless trainers, which is relatively amusing.

Later, last season's number nine is told to be more 'selfish' in front of goal, by Steve Round, as he needs more than a 'magic beenie' hat to hit the net. Nevertheless, in one of the games, to me, it was Laca's goal, although officially it was credited as an own goal. Round tells him he needs to more like Benzema, in regard to his movement.

The Wolves game at the Emirates is particularly dramatic, with Arteta's subs paying off, after going 1-0 down. So Pepe's goal drew the Gunners level and then Laca delivers. It took a deflection, but it was his goal!

As well as that, we see how well Leno deputised for Ramsdale at Villa. The unusual thing was a Ramsdale injury, as he had never had a significant one before in his career, as we saw in an earlier episode.

Ben White also gets lots of credit for being 'immense' in that game, and you can see how focussed he is on being the best. No wonder big things are expected of him.

It sounds like it's more disappointments, as well as entertainment in the next batch of episodes, as the series documents Arsenal's losing streak, amongst other things.

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