Arsenal’s Amazon documentary was supposed to show their bold new era but from sitting bottom of the table and Arteta’s tiff with Klopp to the Aubameyang fiasco, football fans can’t wait to watch!
- Arsenal are set to appear in the latest All or Nothing documentary next year
- The club had hoped to showcase an emerging young side under Mikel Arteta
- However, the season started badly as they sank to the bottom of the table
- Other issues, such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s saga will be shown in detail
- Yet progress appears to be underway on the pitch, with some good results
- The rollercoaster of their season should be an enjoyable watch for neutrals
It might have seemed a good idea at the time. With a new coach instilling new-found confidence in a group of young and talented players it makes sense that Arsenal wanted to showcase their revolution to the world.
Now, with Amazon’s All or Nothing cameras catching every detail of a season filled with wildly fluctuating fortunes and disciplinary issues, they might be having second thoughts in the Emirates boardroom.
Mikel Arteta has been forced to strip the captaincy from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the latest dramatic twist to hit the Gunners’ season.
It makes the next installment of Amazon’s popular sporting series even more tantalising for neutral sports fans, though the Arsenal faithful are likely to be watching through their fingers at this rate.
With the dressing room currently split over the handling of Aubameyang’s situation, expectant audiences are predicting explosive scenes come 2022.
It is not the side of Arsenal the club will have wanted to export around the globe.
Arsenal and Mikel Arteta’s troubles will be laid bare in the next All or Nothing TV series
The team is on the way up on the pitch, but the dramas keep unfolding, particularly off pitch
Embarrassments for the north London outfit have been all too common this season.
The first came on the first day of the season, as Arteta and his men visited newly-promoted Brentford in the Premier League’s curtain raiser.
A dismal display saw the Gunners beaten 2-0, too easily.
It got worse, as Arsenal lost their next two league games, beaten 2-0 again, this time at home by rivals Chelsea, before being demolished 5-0 at the Eithad by Manchester City.
Granit Xhaka’s needless sending off was symptomatic of a start to the season that had seen the Gunners shoot themselves in the foot time and again.
Off the pitch, the soap opera was already unfolding, too. The club were left deeply embarrassed when Ainsley Maitland-Niles went public on his Instagram to accuse the club of blocking a move away.
The Gunners’ season got off to a dreadful start as they were beaten by new boys Brentford
‘All I want to do is go where I’m wanted & where I’m going to play @Arsenal,’ he wrote on Instagram amid Everton’s push to sign him.
The Arsenal youth product had been given just one substitute appearance by Arteta in the opening three matches. The club’s resolve held, though, and he stayed put.
The City defeat did appear to provide a turning point for Arteta and his men. Bernd Leno was dropped and summer signing Aaron Ramsdale put between the sticks. It worked wonders.
He kept three clean sheets in his first four league appearances, while Arsenal went on a run of eight games unbeaten as chaos made way for calm. It wasn’t to last.
After an inviting run of fixtures, which saw north London rivals Spurs and Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester the trickiest tasks yet impressively dispatched, the Gunners were brought back down to earth with a thud at Anfield.
A 4-0 hammering at Liverpool was noticable for the ease in which they were carved open, but also for the head coach’s behaviour on the touchline.
Arteta and Jurgen Klopp had to be pulled apart after the Spaniard took exception to a challenge from Sadio Mane on Takehiro Tomiyasu. Both coaches were booked, but the man standing in the away dugout was clearly rattled.
There were unsavoury scenes on the touchline against Liverpool, as Arteta was involved in a heated debate with Jurgen Klopp, with both managers screaming at each other
‘I think he was defending his team and I was defending my team. That’s it,’ was the curt explanation given by Arteta when asked about the incident after the game.
The defeat appeared to have upset the rhythm of Arteta’s team, who won two and lost two of their next fixtures, including a dismal 2-1 loss to a struggling Everton side at Goodison Park.
Yet arguably their most impressive result of the season then came this week with the 2-0 victory over West Ham, who have been enjoying a very strong season and count Liverpool, among others, as their victims. The win moved Arsenal up to fourth, another high point on this rollercoaster season.
And with the likes of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard leading a group of young guns who appear to have a very bright future, Arteta appears to be steering the team in the right direction – albeit with a slump in form just as likely to be around the corner as another winning run given their unpredictability.
The focus at the moment, however, is still fixed off the field and the situation surrounding Aubameyang.
The 32-year-old has been stripped of the captaincy, with Arteta citing publicly a lack of commitment from the Gabon international.
The disciplinary issues of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have taken up much time this season
He was stripped of the captaincy after he returned late from a trip to see his ill mother
He was told in person by the head coach of the decision, with his lack of punctuality key to the decision.
He had previously been dropped last March for turning up late to the north London derby, while he also broke Covid regulations in February to get a tattoo.
This season he has been missing due to visits to see his seriously ill mother and having also been hospitalised with malaria.
But having arrived back late from a permitted personal trip to see his mother last week, the club has taken the decision to act upon the growing list of infractions.
‘The decision we have taken as a club is very clear,’ Arteta said. ‘It is because we believe he has failed to be committed as the level we all expect and agree. It is as simple as that.
‘What I expect from any person in this football club, that is representing this badge, is passion and that he gives absolutely 100 per cent, that he puts the club in front of any personal interests and is able to do anything to fulfil the badge we have on the chest.
‘Apart from that, you can listen to individuals and you can understand different cultures, but that commitment and passion has to be there. Unfortunately, it wasn’t.’
What were there, however, were the documentary cameras. They are sure to shed even more light on this captivating Arsenal soap opera. It might not be Gunners fans reaching for the popcorn though.
With so much drama already and the season not even at the halfway stage, it may get worse
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