Thursday 4 August 2022

All or Nothing - episode 3

I'm not sure what to make of this episode. Of course, there was expected drama: losing at Everton. That game already was expected to live long in the memory, but now it's been immortalised by Amazon Prime Video.

The most memorable aspect of it was Arteta saying post-match in the dressing room that the reaction was too 'late' and then walking out. I think it was the right thing to do, as words spoken in the heat of the moment might be regretted afterwards.

Of course, the real drama was Aubamayeng being dropped to the bench for a number of games, as Arsenal suddenly started struggling for form after being whacked for four by Liverpool.

Looking back on that game, I still feel Arteta shouldn't have reacted so badly to the foul on Tomiyasu, even though it was x-rated and Mane should have been sent off. Arteta's subsequent row with Klopp got the crowd going and it was a turning point.

Most of the episode focusses on Tierney and Nuno Tavares, who made a couple of costly mistakes at Anfield. The Portuguese is clearly a quiet lad, but he mustn't forget he's a phenomenal talent. Of course, he'll be on loan this season, so I think Arteta's done it to build up his character.

Tierney also talked about how difficult it was for him to come back from injury, only to find out he was on the bench. Like all the players interviewed by Amazon, he seems like a lovable character, who has worked hard and deserves all the success he's had and will have in the future.

In the next episode, it's probably going to be all about Aubamayeng. I'm looking forward to learning something that I don't already know. This time I learned that Arteta is fallible, despite seeming indestructible like Captain Scarlet. In my view, playing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' during training was a mistake before the Liverpool game. However, in the final analysis, it probably didn't really affect the result; the touch line altercation did the damage.

However, Arteta is forever learning and we can see how rapidly he is improving, especially when the chips are down.

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