This revelation, along with Arteta’s unusual claim about Win, the club’s resident chocolate Labrador, has sparked interest into the Spaniard’s motivational techniques at the club.
- Mikel Arteta brings an olive tree to Arsenal meetings for motivation.
- Arteta considers the club’s resident Labrador, Win, as part of the team rather than just a pet.
- Arteta uses various unconventional methods to keep his team motivated and focused.
Mikel Arteta has consistently demonstrated innovative strategies to mentally motivate and inspire his team. These tactics, unveiled during Arsenal’s All or Nothing documentary, range from using disparaging tweets to Game of Thrones references to boost the Gunners’ morale.
Arteta’s strategy has particularly been effective during the title chase against 155 charges Manchester City.
Until the last few games, that is.
Arteta has recently revealed the symbolic presence of an olive tree during team meetings.
He elaborates that the tree, aged over 150 years, represents the need for nurturing the squad’s “roots” and promoting core stability.
Arteta stated, “It’s an olive tree… similar to the club, and we have to look after those roots every single day, make sure they don’t get poisoned, don’t get damaged and it’s in the right condition.”
In another innovative approach to foster a familial atmosphere, Arteta introduced Win, a 1-year-old Labrador, into the team.
Rather than just a pet, Win has become a loved member of the Arsenal family. According to ESPN, Win even sports a tag stating: “I’m not a dog, I’m a Gooner. Come on the Arsenal.”
Arteta views Win as a representative of the Arsenal family and integral to their journey, bringing an uplifting energy to the club.
Arteta’s unusual but effective motivational techniques have not only drawn attention but also contributed significantly to Arsenal’s incredible season.
It’s clear that Arteta’s approach to morale boosting isn’t conventional, but it’s certainly been effective in nurturing a spirited and united Arsenal team.