MIKEL ARTETA cheered on his Arsenal players by telling them Manchester City have tried to “humiliate you” and Brentford thinks you are softies.
The Gunners boss used the taunts of opposing players in a series of extreme measures to motivate his side last season.
The Spaniard warned his Stars Wolves they would try to ‘insult’ them.
And Arteta interjected Pep Guardiola’s tactics for City and the taunts of Brentford striker Ivan Toney.
Amazon Prime’s all-or-nothing series captured these searing assessments – including a Zoom conversation with the Emirates on New Year’s Day when he had Covid.
Animated and excited, the ex-City No. 2 recalled City’s earlier 5-0 win as they gave blood after Granit Xhaka was sent off for a 2-0 lead.
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He yelled, “I’m really sorry I can’t be there because we’re going to the damn war today.
“One guys, be yourself. I want a game with you guys face to face [with City]. I want to see [our] players facing them.
“Remember what they did when we were in the Emirates… Three to zero and with 10 players and they fucking putted [Riyad] Mahrez and [Raheem] Sterling on the field to humiliate you.
“Let’s get the fuck started guys. We’re a completely different team and from the first minute to go, think forward, act forward and play forward… all the damn ones of you.
“I’m proud of you. Let’s go out and win this damn match.”
Arteta’s men responded with a rousing performance, albeit in a 2-1 defeat, when Arsenal defender Gabriel saw a red card on the hour and Rodri came on for City’s injury-time winner.
One of Arteta’s strongest outbursts was reserved for Wolves a month later.
He urged: “Compete because you know what they’re going to do… they’re going to dive, they’re going to insult you, they’re going to provoke you and provoke some more.” Let’s go and win this game. ..”
Gabriel consolidated the only goal before the Gunners held on to victory after Gabriel Martinelli’s unique sending off in the 69th minute for two simultaneous yellow cards.
Later in February, Arteta recalled a post from Toney to goad his men.
The Englishman’s scathing tweet after the Bees’ 2-0 opening day win was projected onto a whiteboard and read aloud by Arteta like a teacher.
“Kind. To step. Hereabouts. With. The. Guys. Today. Afternoon …”
Ateta then added his own words: “So today they’re playing at our house lads and there’s only one team on this damn pitch. And that’s us. Just one team and it’s like they don’t play football.
“We take that damn ball, we take the game and we do it. And we’re fucking winning this game. Let’s go …”
It might have worked as Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka scored in the second half to put the Gunners close to the top-4 with a 2-1 win.
Arteta’s words didn’t always work, of course – so who knows what his testy chat was after Arsenal missed out on fourth place against Tottenham on the final day of the season
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5966549/mikel-arteta-arsenal-mind-games-revealed/ Arteta mind games have been revealed after he told the Arsenal team Man City have tried to ‘DEUMILE’ you and Brentford think you are SOFT