Mikel Arteta reveals ‘crazy’ Arsenal training plan before Liverpool clash at Anfield

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Mikel Arteta reveals ‘crazy’ Arsenal training plan before Liverpool clash at Anfield
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Mikel Arteta made his Arsenal players train with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ playing in the background ahead of their clash with Liverpool at Anfield last season.

Arteta implemented the idea to try and help his players prepare for the atmosphere on Merseyside, and footage of the session features in episode three of Arsenal’s All or Nothing documentary - which begins airing this week on Amazon Prime Video.

In the episode in question, Arteta is seen speaking to a member of staff before the session and asks him to get cables for the speakers, which are then positioned around the pitch and blare out ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ as the Arsenal players train.

“One of my crazy ideas. Today they are going to train in the background with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’,” Arteta says in the documentary before the training session.

“Boys, we mentally start to play the game now. We are at Anfield, let’s go.”

Arsenal went on to lose the game 4-0 and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale doesn’t think the training tactic will be used again.

“I’ve never experienced the speakers before,” he said. “I don’t think they’ll be coming back!

“We could all see what the method was. It’s one of those stadiums which if it gets on top of you it can be too much, but his team talks are definitely different.

“I think he keeps it fresh because sometimes he is writing, sometimes he talks, sometimes he lets some of the lads talk and what not.

“It keeps you engaged and lets you into his life as well. There are new things which we have found out about him over the past year that you would never find out unless he probably wrote a book or something, so before games I do feel very engaged with what he is saying.”

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