Mikel Arteta wants Arsenal players to exhibit “more emotion” in the build-up to the North London derby.
The Arsenal manager has revealed how he likes his players to behave in the last moments of the changing room before heading out onto the pitch for important games.
Mikel Arteta has given an insight into how he wants his Arsenal players to be before they leave the dressing room and walk to the pitch to compete for Champions League qualifying.
The Gunners will be well aware that a win at the Emirates against their fiercest rivals on Thursday night will guarantee their position in European club football’s top tournament next season.
Arsenal have three games remaining and a four-point lead over Antonio Conte’s side as they battle for fourth place.
Arteta just signed a new deal that will keep him at the Emirates for another three years, demonstrating the club’s trust in him.
Last summer, Arsenal’s owners entrusted the Gunners manager with a large transfer budget, and he is likely to be afforded the same leeway in the coming transfer window.
The club organized a short discussion between Arteta and Jonas Eidevall, the manager of the Arsenal Women’s team, as part of the formal statement announcing Arteta’s new agreement.
After the Gunners finished second in the Women’s Super League, the Swedish coach signed a new contract, extending his term in charge.
During the meeting, Eidevall asked Arteta how he liked the dressing room to be once the players have returned from their warm-up and are now focused on the game ahead of them.
The Spaniard’s remark was eye-opening and revealed how the Arsenal players will be in the build-up to the North London derby on Thursday.
“Isn’t it so different in the dressing room around an hour and a half before kick-off and two minutes before kick-off?” Before stating his expectations of his players, Arteta pondered.
“It’s usually more emotional. more sentimental. [I inquire] How should the game begin? How will we win this game? all of the above. I enjoy receiving input from the coaches.
How did the warm-up go? Were they giving each other advice? Were they careless? Were they fast? Were they involved? For the warm-up, I stayed inside.”
The Arsenal boss went on to outline a pre-match strategy that many people are unaware of. “We’ve designated someone to monitor the opposition’s warm-up.
So, if they’re doing anything like shapes, clearances, or patterns in the final third, and who’s playing on the right, we’ll at least know what to do.”
Arteta has till Thursday to consider how he intends to counteract the Spurs’ incredible offensive talent.
With Champions League football on the line, both Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min have a strong scoring record against Arsenal. The Arsenal defenders will have to be at their best.