The red (and white) carpet! Mikel Arteta gets first glimpse of new All or Nothing series at special London screening with Arsenal boss leading host of past and present Gunners stars… as Ben White insists players didn’t notice Amazon’s cameras
- A host of Arsenal stars and VIP guests got a first glimpse of the new All or Nothing series at a glitzy red carpet event in London on Tuesday evening
- Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and several of his players were in attendance
- Gunners icons David Seaman and Nigel Winterburn were also at the screening
- Those in attendance watched the first two episodes of the eight-part docuseries
Arsenal stars, including Emile Smith Rowe and Ben White, had their first nervous glimpse of the fly-on-the wall documentary, All or Nothing Arsenal, at a special screening in London on Tuesday night.
Players and manager, Mikel Arteta, along with his wife and children, braved a private screening of the first two episodes of the eight-part docuseries, with 150 invited guests.
The staff at Arsenal spent all of last season under the watchful eye of scores of Amazon Prime Video cameras and admit that they quickly forgot they were even there, leaving them curious, and perhaps a little anxious, about what and who made the cut.
(Left to right) Arsenal stars Emile Smith Rowe, Ben White, boss Mikel Arteta, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Kieran Tierney attend the All or Nothing special screening in London on Tuesday
Arsenal boss Arteta poses for pictures alongside his wife Lorena Bernal at the event
Takehiro Tomiyasu, Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney were also in the audience, slipping quickly inside the Islington Assembly Hall, in north London, avoiding further scrutiny from the ranks of journalists, bloggers and influencers edging the red carpet.
‘You forget about the cameras instantly because you don’t see anything,’ admitted defender Ben White. ‘They are all up in the ceilings, in the walls, everywhere.’
‘Sometimes you see a bit of movement and you know they are following you,’ he told Sportsmail ahead of the screening.
The Prime Video fly-on-the-wall series has already featured Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
The first three – of eight – episodes in the series will be streamed on Prime Video from Thursday
The first three – of eight – episodes in the Arsenal series will be streamed on Prime Video from Thursday, eventually reaching 240 countries and territories.
A lot of the early action centres on manager Mikel Arteta’s struggle to help his team recover from a disastrous start to last season’s campaign and then find consistency in the battle for a Champions League spot, which they narrowly missed.
In the initial instalments, the strain on the manager is plain to see as he tries to take the pressure off his young side and imbue them with confidence. Arteta employs a series of unorthodox practices and preparations to spark his team into life.
At Leicester, he asks the team to vigorously rub their palms together and then hold hands to generate a bubble of energy; before travelling to Liverpool, he blasts ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ across the London Colney training ground to prepare for the atmosphere at Liverpool, and in the minutes before his side go out to face Spurs at the Emirates, he asks club photographer and life long fan, Stuart MacFarlane, to address them.
Smith Rowe (left), Tomiyasu (middle) and White (right) all got a first glimpse at the series
Arsenal legends Nigel Winterburn (right) and David Seaman – alongside his wife Frankie Poultney (left) – attended the special screening in London
‘I f*****g love this football club,’ the photographer, who has been at Arsenal for 30 years, told the players. ‘And I f******g love all of you.’
MacFarlane implored the players to get stuck in.
‘First f*****g tackle, listen to the crowd, they will f*****g be on you straight away,’ he urged. ‘Win every tackle.’
White, a £50million summer signing, did not need to be asked twice. Within two minutes of the referee’s whistle, he flew into a tackle to dispossess Tottenham forward Son Heung-Min.
In one of the first episodes seen at Tuesday’s screening, Arsenal’s club photographer Stuart MacFarlane was mobbed after a derby winning team-talk
Those in attendance also got to see Arteta’s unusual training methods in full effect on screen
‘Someone like him speaking to us, the amount of history he has with the club, it’s incredible,’ said White, who admitted MacFarlane’s words had made an impact.
‘You need a tackle like that every game, it’s not just in the derby. You need it in every Premier League game. Everyone fighting. [The tackle] seemed to get the tempo and we were fighting.’
Arsenal were irresistible and raced to a 3-0 lead in the first half, eventually winning 3-1.
Emile Smith Rowe agrees MacFarlane made a difference that day in September.
Hollywood actor and Arsenal supporter Daniel Kaluuya arrives for the All or Nothing premiere
‘It was a good moment,’ the young player told Sportsmail.
‘For him to speak like that, it was good. We went on to perform as well. We had to make sure we performed for him. I love him.’
And Smith Rowe appreciates the innovative pre-match routines Arteta delivers, even if they do look a bit weird to outsiders.
‘It is stuff we have not had before,’ said the midfielder. ‘It is motivation, it gives us the energy to go and perform. That is really important for us.’
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