Arteta wants Arsenal to become addicted to winning

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Mikel Arteta says that success and winning are things which foster an environment of togetherness, and says that teams and players can become addicted to that feeling.

His comments come ahead of this evening’s clash against Leeds United in the FA Cup, a competition the Gunners have won three times in the not too distant past.

Of course the victory over Hull in 2014 ended a nine year drought without a trophy, and the new manager believes that success helped the team win again in 2015, and an against the odds victory over Chelsea in 2017.

“For us, to lift that first FA Cup for this football club was like a massive relief that they tried to get this club again fighting to win some trophies and be there for everybody to see,” said Arteta.

“It generated a really good belief and unity around our team and that helped that group of players to achieve what they achieved later when they won other cups.

“I think winning brings togetherness and, when you have beautiful experiences together and you win trophies, then those experiences stay within that group.

“You like more the people that you work with, you believe more in them, you share some fantastic moments and that habit of winning, winning, winning.

“After you win, you don’t want to stop. You become addicts to that and that’s what we have to try to implement at this football club.”

After a punishing recent schedule, Arteta will have to find the balance between fielding a strong team to win tonight’s game, and resting some players who need to recuperate for Premier League action.

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Newxieland
Newxieland

Potential banana skin… but with Leed’s squad fully focused on getting automatic promotion, might turn out to be relatively drama free.

thenewera
thenewera

Can Nketiah be unleashed to show Biesla that it was a mistake to not play him enough?

AussieGooner
AussieGooner

I think we should keep him the rest of the season and play him against Leeds.

I have been thinking that he could get plenty of time playing in premiership games if we rotate and keep fresher legs for Europa and future FA Cup games. Cup games important as a plan B because it could well be our only route back to the Europa next season.

I think we should absolutely prioritise Europa now and by keeping our first 11 fresh for those games we would have a great chance, whilst we send the kids to The Monday night away games.

OnlyBeingHonest
OnlyBeingHonest

Mate, we’re only 9 points off with 17 games left to play! no need to throw in the towel yet

Pep
Pep

He’s not physically ready yet

Cycs

I’d pretty much like that, Mikel…

Right right left wrong
Right right left wrong

Very true. Just look at what that winning addiction has done to this Liverpool team. Or even better what it did to the Invincibles. Beautiful addiction! I hope we get to that point sooner than later.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Invincibles are a bad example not from players point of view but from club point of view. It led directly to reconstruction which ironically never happened until Arteta reconstructing the whole philosophy now.

Mtz
Mtz

So u think it shouldn’t had happened??

Group Captain Mandrake
Group Captain Mandrake

How is it a bad example? It didn’t lead directly to reconstruction. If you look at the rosters for the Invincibles season compared with the next year, they were pretty similar. Sure, there are players that come and go every year, but that’s normal. Inevitably rosters change as players retire or move on to other club.

Jack but
Jack but

We should field our strongest squad and bash just so Eddy can get the last laugh

kinghenrythe14th
kinghenrythe14th

I’m with you all the way on that. It’s the sort of addiction I crave for this club; I’d personally love to be bored with routine wins against everybody, especially the supposedly “big” English and European teams. This will in turn create a new “problem” of expanding our trophy cabinet to accommodate said silverware.

I can 200% get behind this!

mjc1892
mjc1892

Always wonder what would have happened to that 2011 team if we hadn’t ballsed up the League Cup final. Remember some of the pundits saying if the young players we had developed a winning mentality they could very well dominate English football for a few years. Then.. well, we alk know what happened.

pierre lacapeppe
pierre lacapeppe

2011 was the season i got addicted to watching arsenal more than any other season. in hindsight that squad was very average but despite that wenger really got them playing some sexy football. how on earth did a midfield of wilshere-fabregas-song boss Barcelona?!

Longbow
Longbow

2010/11 was very good, but 07/08 were on another level. That incredible midfield of Fabregas, Flamini, Rosicky and Hleb. They had so much chemistry with each other who were also very good friends. I remember them just outplaying Milan with Gattuso, Pirlo, Seedorf and Ambrosini.
We should have won the league that season and probably got further in the Champions League if it weren’t for Ryan Babel’s dive.
And poor Eduardo and Rosicky.

Alex
Alex

Wenger

Rich
Rich

In April 2011 Kroenke secured a controlling majority, we then sold Cesc, Nasri, Clichy in the summer.

We followed that up by selling RVP to United the following summer.

Winning the league cup would have been irrelevant, because the Kroenke’s don’t recognise that sometimes, you need to speculate to accumulate.

They’ve made an estimated £800-£900million since their investment in Arsenal, but they’ve never put anything back in, they’ve taken out £6million, and are probably going to come back for more, to pay off the money they borrowed to buy us.

They also sat on their hands while on the pitch we were sinking, they’re indecisive, disinterested, and have been a disaster for this club.

For people who’ve been involved in sports ownership for a long time, they don’t seem to have learnt much.

mc1892
mc1892

I’m by no means a fan of the Kroenkes, and I think their forcible purchase of the fan-held shares is one of the most sickening and saddening things I’ve seen in sport, but I’d argue the timing of their arrival and the selling of players is very much correlation rather than causation.
I think Wenger would have behaved that way whether we had Kroenke, Abramovich, the Qatari royal family or whoever in charge. We had a bunch of players who didn’t want to play for us and a very rich and ambitious club wanting to buy. Wenger’s belief in the self-sustaining model really meant our ownership was more or less irrelevant at that point.
We’ve also spent a fair bit of money in the last few years. To reiterate, I’d rather they didn’t own us, but you’re assertion that it’ll be/ it would have been absolutely impossible for us to be successful with them as owners is rather Doomsday-ish.

The Voice of the Noise
The Voice of the Noise

We should hire Charlie Sheen in as mental coach then!

Artetist
Artetist

Hi, my name is Socratis and I’m a ….
WIN addict!!!

T.A.
T.A.

The words are nice but no one can win anything unless they have ability and I am still unconvinced by this group of players. I hope I’m wrong and it’s impressive how Arteta has already improved them, but I do expect some more serious defeats this season unless we bring in much needed help in the form of better players.

Ashish Mann
Ashish Mann

Ummmmm.. Keeep talkinggg!!!!

Pépé Le Pew
Pépé Le Pew

Me too !

GUS
GUS

martinez

kolA, MUSTAFI, holding, niles

guendozi
willock smith-rowe

Nelson Nketiah Saka

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Nice words from Arteta, but winning isn’t just about attitude: in professional football it’s also about money, as he would well know from his time at at City. We’ve finally got a great manager, now we need an owner who’s committed to spending the cash to take us to the next level. I’m not sure we have one.

Interesting game tonight: this is actually a bigger match for us than Leeds. With a top-four finish highly unlikely, and even a fifth-place final position against the cards, the FA Cup is now very significant. But for Leeds this competition is very much a secondary consideration. The Whites are having a great season in the Championship and look odds-on to finally make it back into the Premier League after more than a decade in the second tier. That’s why it wouldn’t surprise me if Bielsa played a weakend side at the Grove tonight. Leeds can’t afford to let anything get in the way of their promotion push. But Arteta should play his strongest side. If all goes well then we’ll get through and then get an easy draw in the next round – then we can rest players.

A nice comfortable win would be welcome.

mjc1892
mjc1892

Much as I enjoyed the FA cup wins and the days out at Wembley, surely the Europa becomes priority now? If Arteta can get us resembling something approaching a relatively solid team, with the front 3/4 we have we could (excuse the cliche) beat anyone on our day. I’d sacrifice the FA Cup and- to a point- league position for the EL. Though there is something rather depressing about being dead set on winning entry to a tournament that you’re gonna get absolutely pumped in.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Europa League is priority No. 1 now. We may progress in FA Cup only to be beaten by City or Liverpool whichever has remained in the competition until then.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

We’re not good enough to win the Europa League.

mjc1892
mjc1892

I agree currently, but given you’ve said yourself that we’ve now “got a great manager”, surely the chance is there? I’d argue our players individually are better than every other team in the competition, not that that means anything.
The team that I’d be least confident in beating would probably be Wolves!

Goo-nerd
Goo-nerd

I think I might be getting addicted to Arteta…

Gooneropolis
Gooneropolis

He is a PR Director’s dream.

Santori
Santori

Yes please.

So mentally feeble over a long stretch now.

Arteta hopefully owns a super powerful hairdryer for his hair…and the squad.

Santori
Santori

Wenger did alright for a while getting back on course when he realised (belatedly) his project youth was not going to deliver intended results with changing landscape of PL (Chelsea and City entering fray)

Did the practical thing brought in Arteta converted him to CDM and added Metersecker to Koscielny. We still faltered but we managed 3 FA cups and stayed within the pack in CL.

I think the pivotal season was the one he neglected to add anyone but Cech and Leicester ran away with it.

Thereafter, it started to unravel sped up by fan dissent.

Still managed 5th place spot and europa feature.

Unai started with much fanfare by same people who now champion Arteta, want to give him (ludicrous) 3 seasons to right things.

First season was OK but second season was compounded with lack of address to long standing Cback issue (Sanlehi and Mslintat before still preferring quick fix and existential solutions) and at CM.

This was compounded by too much changes and Emery confusing himself with intransigent tactics. Thereafter he lost faith in himself and the squad in him and issues complicated further again by toxic fan base.

Cautious on Arteta. We’ve won one game in 3. Some good positive signs but jury still out. Feel good factor back but could easily still turn.

Enforcing focus and ability to implement good intentions and tactics will be key.

Sustaining it will be another issue. If the squad at least buys into it, it will help Arteta.

Players have been responsive and the United win was critical.

But we need to continue to build on it. Early (salad days) still.

Santori
Santori

Dunno why we continue not to have a captain.

I think someone should be held accountable. Everyone is hiding behind each other otherwise.

To me, someone at the back who can enforce discipline during defensive phases is key.

Sokratis has been about the most consistent and a senior voice. Otherwise I would also consider Leno. Lacazette another who puts in effort but maybe as a vice captain higher up the pitch to lead more by example.

Its not that complicated. We need someone to enforce on field discipline.

Canadrian
Canadrian

Does anyone say “football club” as often as Arteta?