What happened after Brentford’s Matchday 1 win over Arsenal last season really pissed off Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s Amazon Prime documentary has revealed.
But the Gunners boss used a tweet from Bees striker Ivan Toney to fire his players for the reverse game.
Thomas Frank’s side led the Gunners in their first-ever Premier League game after promotion from the Championship, beating a dejected-looking Arsenal side 2-0.
After the match, Toney took to Twitter to poke fun at his team’s London rivals.
“Good kick with the boys. @BrentfordFC,” the star wrote wryly.
And it looks like the Bee hero position stung Arteta for the rest of the season, using it to motivate his side when the two teams met at the Emirates Stadium.
As revealed in upcoming episodes of the Amazon series, Arteta is seen putting a picture of Toney’s tweet on a screen as his side prepare for the draw against the side that gave them day one embarrassment. .
“Before I go, because it’s still in my stomach and I managed to keep it for four months, five months, six months,” Arteta said, pointing to the on-screen tweet.
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“It’s Toney after the game when we played Brentford. You know what he did? You know his tweet? Nice kick with the boys this afternoon.
“So today they’re playing in our house, guys, there’s only one team on this fucking pitch – and that’s us! One team, it’s like they’re not playing not in football. We take this ball, we take the game, we go and win this game!
Arteta’s tactic also seemed to work.
Seeking revenge, his side beat the Bees 2-1 at home, with Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka scoring their goals.
And the reactions of the Gunners players after the win also show Arteta’s message.
Copying Toney’s tweet verbatim in addition to using the Arsenal name and adding a kissing face emoji at the end, then-Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette said : “Good kick with the boys. @Arsenal.”