MIKEL ARTETA was livid with a few of his Arsenal stars after the Gunners slipped to a 3-2 defeat to Championship aspect Brentford final week, it has been claimed.
Regardless of the match being only a warm-up for the return of the Premier League, Arteta, 38, was sad by the appliance of sure members of his squad.
And in accordance with The Athletic, the Spaniard laid into his gamers after the sport – making his unhappiness completely clear.
The efficiency additionally gave Arteta a “few extra pointers” as he continues to evaluate his squad.
These frank conversations are unlikely to alienate gamers, nonetheless, with technical director Edu having gushed over his supervisor’s communicative expertise.
He mentioned: “I keep in mind a match we misplaced or drew at residence and didn’t have the very best efficiency.
“However the way in which he talked to the gamers I actually appreciated. It’s straightforward to connect with individuals if you win as a result of everyone seems to be completely satisfied, you are feeling superb.
“However if you don’t win it exhibits much more about you as a coach.”
All three of Brentford’s objectives got here shortly after Arsenal giving the ball away cheaply in harmful areas.
The erratic David Luiz was at fault for the primary, attempting to flick the ball previous an opponent earlier than ambling again when possession had been misplaced.
Alexandre Lacazette, who had put Arsenal 2-1 up with a wise flip and end, was then the subsequent to be at fault, taking too many touches earlier than surrendering the ball on the sting of his personal 18-yard field.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles then gave away possession in an analogous space… resulting in the identical consequence.
Talking to Sky Sports activities the next day, Arteta performed down the importance of the defeat.
He mentioned: “We’re attempting various things.
“We’re attempting to present minutes of their legs to all the gamers, clearly it’s important to change a number of gamers via the video games. Getting tailored to taking part in in an empty stadium as effectively, not having that power from the followers.
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“It was good, we performed two friendlies, we’re getting a little bit of rhythm, we haven’t performed for some time, we tried to make it as shut as potential to an actual sport.”
The Gunners resume their Premier League marketing campaign this night, as Arteta makes his first return to Etihad Stadium since leaving his submit as Pep Guardiola’s No2 to take the reins on the Emirates.
They achieve this sitting a disappointing ninth within the desk – however solely 4 factors behind fifth-placed Manchester United and but to lose a league match in 2020.
Their gamers will take to the sphere in specifically altered shirts supporting the Black Lives Matter motion and NHS.
Above every participant’s quantity “Black Lives Matter” shall be printed as a substitute of their names – whereas the NHS emblem shall be emblazoned on their chests.