Arsenal All or Nothing: Mikel Arteta used Ivan Toney's tweet as motivation vs Brentford


Amazon Prime will release three more episodes of Arsenal’s ‘All Or Nothing’ documentary on Thursday as we gain access to the Gunners’ 2021/22 campaign.

So far, this is what we’ve seen in the first three episodes.

As Arsenal’s season progresses, we will see manager Mikel Arteta get more emotional with his team talks ahead of matches in dressing room footage.

We’ve already touched on how he gave a brilliant team talk ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Manchester City despite isolating due to contracting Covid-19.

And Arteta gave another inspiring team talk before Arsenal’s victory over Brentford in February.

On the opening day of the 21/22 campaign, Arsenal lost 2-0 to the newly promoted club with Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard both getting on the score sheet.

After the match, striker Ivan Toney tweeted: “Nice kick about with the boys.”

Brentford v Arsenal - Premier League

Mikel Arteta uses Ivan Toney tweet as motivation

He probably didn’t expect to tweet to be used as motivation by Arteta six months later.

But the Spaniard didn’t forget, believing the tweet suggested the Gunners were a soft touch and were easy to play against.

Ahead of the return fixture at the Emirates, Arteta gave one final message before the players walked out onto the pitch.

“Before I go, because it’s still in my stomach and I have managed to keep it for four months, five months, six months,” Arteta said, pointing to the tweet on the screen.

Mikel Arteta on Toney's tweet

“This is Toney after the game when we played at Brentford. You know what he did? You know his tweet? Nice kick about with the boys this afternoon.

“So today they play in our house, guys there is only one team on that f***ing pitch – and it’s us! Only one team, it’s like they don’t play football. We take that f***ing ball, we take the game, we go for it and let’s f***ing win this game!”

Arteta’s motivational message worked as Arsenal ran out 2-1 winners with goals from Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka.

It even led to Alexandre Lacazette mocking Toney with a tweet of his own after the match.

Toney tweet and Lacazette tweet

A note to Premier League strikers – don’t mock Arsenal if you beat them this season because Arteta will remember your tweet and stick it up in the dressing room as motivation!

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