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Mikel Arteta bemoans “energy suckers” in Arsenal’s Premier League title pursuit

Mikel Arteta bemoans “energy suckers” in Arsenal’s Premier League title pursuit

After his switch from tough love to restraint, Mikel Arteta will not permit “energy-suckers” to derail Arsenal’s title bid.

Arteta told his players to “shut your mouth and eat it” in a dressing room rant captured on Fcamera in Amazon Prime’s All Or Nothing documentary the last time the Gunners Arsenal suffered consecutive defeats, which cost them a spot in the Champions League.

However, his response to last weekend’s 1-0 loss to relegation-threatened Everton, following a narrow FA Cup exit at Manchester City, was more forgiving.


Arteta said: “I want the team to know how much I love them and I love them much more now than three hours ago, a week ago, a month ago, three months ago.”

Prior to Saturday’s trap game against Brentford – unbeaten in nine Premier League games – at the Emirates, the Gunners head coach refused to comment on the litany of charges alleging financial impropriety against title rivals City.

Instead, he emphasized the determination of his injured players to return to winning ways, saying, ““It’s always an opportunity to bounce back and to show how much we want what we’re fighting for.

“It’s not about being in a comfort zone before, but losing brings a lot of opportunities to look at other things and see the reaction of the team – and the reaction of the team has been superb this week.

“I think a lot of teams have already been looking at the best way to beat us. They use data, images, experiences they had, they play to their strengths. Everton did what they did really well, better than us on the day, and that’s why they won the game.

“There were certain details and aspects that we didn’t do as well in the games we won. There is also another level of aggression you can go into. It is what they need.”

Asked what it was like to be in the thick of his first title race as a manager, Arteta replied: “It takes a lot of energy – I am an energy giver, I don’t like energy-suckers, I just like to give and I like people who give energy in many different ways. Sometimes it’s with body language, tone of voice, hugging people and looking for solutions, not excuses. So energy, a lot of energy.”

And Arteta does not expect the Bees to present the biggest mental test of the season after those successive setbacks, adding: “I think we prepare in the best possible way mentally every game, but it doesn’t mean it is the toughest – the easiest, probably, because the players don’t need much (motivating).

“They are really looking forward to the game, I can sense that, and we are going to have our people full of energy, enthusiasm and passion.”

Arteta is unconcerned by the gathering storm clouds over City, as he is determined to win the championship on the basis of his team’s superior performance.

“We have enough to look after our own garden,” said the Arsenal boss. “Let’s focus on what we have to do and win enough football matches for that to happen. We have to earn the right to win it, that’s for sure.”

Mikel Arteta bemoans “energy suckers” in Arsenal’s Premier League title pursuit

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