This is perhaps the event most anticipated by many Arsenal fans, along with the start of the 2022-2023 Premier League season, which the Gunners will kick off on Friday at Crystal Palace (9:00 p.m.). This is obviously the documentary series. All or nothingnow well known to regulars of the streaming platform. Amazon Prime Video and whose first 3 episodes will see the light this Thursday, August 4, which permeated the intimacy of the Arsenal players throughout the 2021-2022 financial year. A year as surprising as it was frustrating for Mikel Arteta’s men. Because if the 40-year-old Spanish coach had the youngest squad in the English championship, his team still had a promising season, but in the end he narrowly failed to take the Londoners to the top 4, and therefore to the League of champions. .
A particular presence that has become habitual
During a press conference organized by the English club and first video, Foot Mercato He was able to speak with Martin Ødegaard, the new Arsenal captain, Emile Smith Rowe, one of the darlings of the Emirates Stadium, and Cédric Soares, the experienced Portuguese winger who triumphed at Euro 2016 in France. The opportunity for the protagonists of this series to express their feelings in the face of the omnipresence of cameras and an external film crew in their daily lives for many months. “To be honest, it was a bit weird and awkward at first.First recognize the former element of Real Madrid. But I think after a while we forgot and they made it natural for us. It went very well and they didn’t bother us too much. There were cameras everywhere, but after a while you don’t think too much about it.”.
A report shared by the number 10 of the Gunners, pointed out in the first episodes that we could observe his shyness. “At first it was quite disturbing, having cameras everywhere, recording everything… But then we got used to it. So much so that at the end of the season we didn’t even realize the film crew was there.throws Smith Rowe, before specifying. “I would not say that I am the shyest of the group, but you will make your own decision (laughs). » Same story for the Lusitanian. “At first it was something new, but during the season we gradually managed to forget about forgetting these cameras. It normalized over time. »
The players, these natural actors… or almost
One thing is certain in the eyes of the Gunners: the permanent presence of the cameras has not altered the behavior of the players. “Of course, when there are cameras and microphones everywhere, you pay a little more attention to what you do and say, but I think we all felt protected and knew it was a good thing. They did things well, they respect the players, they didn’t bother us too much. I don’t think anything has changed, the players were natural. Maybe some changed their behavior a bit (laughs), but overall it was not a problem.”testifies in this sense, not without humor, Martin Ødegaard.
The man who also wears the bracelet with Norway also wanted to underline the importance of this All or nothing: Arsenal for the fans, and the closeness that this can create between the fans and the dressing room. “For me, it’s not ideal to have cameras around me, I’m not the type to like it. But I think it’s interesting, for the fans and the people, to see what it’s like to be a footballer. It’s not just training and playing games, there are a lot of things you have to do, like the tactical aspect, the movements, the pressure you have to handle… it can be good for young players to see that too. »
And who better than Emile Smith Rowe, kid from the club formed in Hale End, to understand what the fans can expect? “It is important that the fans see how we are off the pitch, our personalities and not just our way of playing. It is good that they understand all this. This documentary is good for them, so that they also get to know us better.”comments the English international. “Arsenal is a great club, you understand it better from the inside.analyzed by Cédric Soares. The fans help Arsenal a lot to regain its greatness. Therefore, it is normal that a series can show what happens every day in this club. »
When Arteta plays You’ll Never Walk Alone in training
Although the Gunners’ 21-22 season was marked by several periods of sporting ups and downs, lovers of this legendary club from Her Majesty’s Kingdom will have the opportunity, thanks to this documentary, to discover the backstage of their favorite club. There they will know in particular that before Arsenal’s debacle in Liverpool (0-4, November 20), Mikel Arteta organized a special training session accompanied by the famous You’ll Never Walk Alone, a symbol of the reds’ fervor, to acclimatize his players to this very special environment. ” It was funremember ESR. He warned us that he was going to do it. We got to practice and saw the speakers in place. We thought “wow, he’s really going to do it” (laughs). » If this original experiment, to say the least, surprised the players, as Ødegaard confesses, unfortunately it did not have the desired effect. Hopefully, both for Arsenal and for AmazonMay this long-awaited documentary series be a real hit in the eyes of fans.
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