Mikel Arteta spoke yesterday about the latest addition to the Arsenal training ground family: a chocolate Labrador named ‘Win’.
The Gunners have had a ruff week, but the boss says the addition of the dog is a symbol of the atmosphere he’s trying to cultivate among players and staff alike.
“We always talk about family, and being connected,” he said.
“A big family like we are at the club, and I feel like we are a family, we need a dog to represent that family. I think there are still things at the club that can be done to connect with people. To be more caring with people, to show love.
“I carefully chose the dog and in my opinion it’s the perfect representative of who we are right now. Her name is Win, we all love winning and Win needs a lot of love. So the love for Win, that was basically the feeling.
“The reaction from the players and the staff has been incredible, she is one of us. She is going to be on this journey with us together. It’s something that changes your mood like this [clicks fingers].
“She gives you all the love and suddenly you feel the energy of the place. It’s just beautiful and to me those things are very important.”
Some might say Arteta is barking up the wrong tree with this approach, but it sounds like the addition of Win has been a real pawsitive. Hopefully it will help the team focus when it takes a lead, and perhaps the addition of a midfield terrier will allow us to hound the opposition in games next season.
What a tail it would be to go one better in the Premier League next season, you could say it’d be snout of this world, but we don’t want to be a mal-tease about all this so we’ll leave it there for now.