Arsenal photographer’s speech before Tottenham game goes viral

  • Rob Swan
Arsenal photographer’s spine-tingling speech before 3-1 win vs rivals Tottenham goes viral

A clip from Arsenal’s new ‘All or Nothing’ documentary showing club photographer Stuart MacFarlane giving a spine-tingling speech before a north London derby against Tottenham last season is going viral on social media.

The Gunners got off to a poor start to the 2021-22 Premier League campaign, losing all three of their opening fixtures against Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City.

But under-fire manager Mikel Arteta managed to avoid a full-blown crisis with back-to-back wins over Norwich City and Burnley.

In their sixth league fixture of the season, on September 26, Arsenal faced arch-rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium.

Shortly before kick-off, Arteta took the decision to allow long-serving club photographer Stuart MacFarlane to address the team inside the dressing room.

And even the Spaniard must have been surprised by the impact MacFarlane’s passionate speech had on the players.

Arsenal photographer and Arteta
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal celebrates their side’s victory with the Arsenal Club Photographer after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 26, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

What did Arsenal’s photographer say in his speech to team?

Handing over to MacFarlane, Arteta said: “I want you to hear from him what he thinks about you, because he sees you every day around our club.”

The photographer began: “It’s tough. This is my club. I f***ing love this football club.

“I f***ing love all of you.

“In 30 years, I’ve photographed some unbelievable players. Some world class players, some great teams. 

“I look at you lot, this is a great team. This is a great team. I’ve been a fan all my life. This is what we have to do, we have to go out and win.

“This is me, I’m a fan, this lot outside… they would do anything to f***ing win today. 

“Look at them. When you go out, first f***ing tackle, listen to the crowd. They will f***ing be on you straight away. 

“Win every tackle. When you score, look at their faces. Look at the emotion, look how much they love you.

“Show them how much you love them. Okay?”

Every player and member of staff was visibly fired up by MacFarlane’s words.

Video: Photographer’s spine-tingling speech to Arsenal players

Check out the video here:

The footage is sure to give Arsenal fans goosebumps.

Did Arsenal win the match?

Arsenal’s players responded by scoring three goals inside the opening 35 minutes through Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka.

The Gunners has blitzed their rivals and effectively sealed all three points before half-time.

Son Heung-min netted a consolation goal for Spurs towards the end of the match, but Arsenal never looked like losing.

Arteta celebrates Arsenal goal v Tottenham
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: Mikel Arteta manager of Arsenal celebrates their teams second goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 26, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Video: Arteta celebrates with Arsenal photographer at full-time

After the full-time whistle, Sky Sports’ camera captured Arteta giving MacFarlane a massive hug and pointing at the popular member of staff.

Watch the video here:

Lovely stuff.

Now we know why they celebrated together on the pitch.

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