Mikel Arteta has probably been in the mood to throw things after a frustrating transfer window, but the Arsenal manager unleashed the perfect stress reliever on his players
Mikel Arteta has endured a lot of stress recently and his Arsenal side appeared to be on the receiving end.
The Gunners’ only signing of the January transfer window was Colorado Rapids’ defender Auston Trusty, who was loaned straight back to the MLS side.
It was a frustrating month for Arteta and technical director Edu, who missed out on top transfer targets Dusan Vlahovic and Arthur Melo.
While they were able to offload Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona, January was marked down as a very disappointing month.
But at least Arteta was able to blow off some of that angry steam by hurling some tennis balls at his players from close range.
Arsenal have been enjoying some warm weather training in Dubai, where the Gunners’ boss has been putting them through their places.
However, the north Londoners did find some time to enjoy a bit of team bonding, as they carried out a drill which involved the players running through a grid, while having tennis balls thrown at them from close range.
Children were also allowed to participate in the carnage, in what was a very heartening exchange between the club and its supporters.
However, in the same way Arteta and his staff hurled the tennis balls, some Arsenal fans have thrown some shade over the session and the throwing techniques of Arteta’s staff.
“This is worse than Emery’s crosses into those massive bollard things. Chucking tennis balls around. Good grief,” said one bemused Arsenal fan.
“How is any player supposed to get behind a manager that can’t even throw a tennis ball with conviction,” added another confused supporter.
“To be fair, the depth of our squad, surprised we haven’t seen squid game going on,” added another fan.
“The throwing technique is atrocious? Who is coaching them on how to throw the balls?” another confused supporter asked.
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