Mikel Arteta targets ‘organized chaos’ at Arsenal after disciplinary tactics are in the spotlight

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rsenal manager Mikel Arteta insisted he could be flexible with his non-negotiables and didn’t want a team devoid of characters and full of clones.

Arteta is renowned for being a disciplinarian and his strict ways were in the spotlight this week due to the airing of Amazon Prime Video’s flying documentary ‘All or Nothing: Arsenal’.

Cameras followed Arsenal all last season and the most recently aired episodes show Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang losing the captaincy and his contract being mutually terminated.

It’s revealed that Arteta had a ‘catalogue of offences’ against the striker but the Spaniard has denied he doesn’t give his players leeway sometimes.

When asked if there was any flexibility with his non-negotiables, Arteta replied, “100%. You can’t treat everyone the same.

“They are all human beings with different needs. They need to release energy in very different ways and we are here to understand that and try to facilitate that.

“Because in the end, we want the best. But they must also understand that in order to do this, there are times to do it.

“And we have to share and choose those times because not everyone can show up at the time and on the day they want. And in the end it’s chaos.

“If it’s organized chaos, I’m happier for that because I’ve been a player and it’s very necessary to have.

“When you need a moment, when you need to get lost in a mountain for two days, go ahead and do it. When you need to spend time with your family, go out there and do it. No problem. But I think we should at least know if you’re coming or not.

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The documentary showed how there are different characters in the Arsenal squad, with goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale getting plenty of airtime.

Arteta was asked about having different characters on the team and when asked about having 20 clones, he replied, “No.

“Ideally, these characters need to improve and be consistent.

“You need really competitive people, some people maybe more selfish, very driven to win, some people more modest, some people who are passengers. You need all kinds of characters, but you have need a balance.

“The world is small. We know each other quite well and through three or four contacts we usually manage to get good information about the player.

“You have to be yourself and you have to be authentic. You have to behave as you are and that’s it.

“We will determine if we believe this character is going to fit into our environment. But we have to let people be who they are. I’m not here to shape anyone’s character, that’s for sure.


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