Arsenal”, immersed in the mythical English football club

The documentary series “All or nothing: Arsenal” reveals behind the scenes of the English club, between sporting crisis and moments of emotion. The first episodes – which Paris Match was able to watch – will be available from Thursday on Prime Video.

Arsenal’s red and white will float on Prime Video. The Amazon streaming platform will broadcast, from Thursday August 4, a documentary series devoted to the English club, after those on Tottenham and Manchester City. The opportunity for spectators, supporters or not, to discover the secrets of a professional team, between media pressure, emotions and sporting crisis. The players, the coach, the leaders and the former glories of the club are all invited to speak in front of the camera, delivering their reactions with sincerity throughout the 2021-2022 season. A season which begins in the worst possible way for the club, already deprived of European competitions, which chain defeats while the supporters give voice to oppose the American leaders of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, under the fire of insults for winning the controversial Super League project. Coach Mikel Arteta, too, is targeted by criticism from club lovers and targeted by articles from journalists. The first episode of “All or nothing: Arsenal” is a summary of these intense sensations, summarized by Thierry Henry himself: “You have to breathe, sleep, eat, live Arsenal. I hope people out there know that. »

Emile Smith Rowe, Ben White, Mikel Arteta, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Kieran Tierney attend the ‘All or Nothing: Arsenal’ World Premiere at Islington Assembly Hall on August 02, 2022 in London.

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While Mikel Arteta says he wants to “fight for this club, the players, the supporters”, Arsenal are at the bottom of the standings, among the relegated. Sports betting, which aims to give young players a chance, is struggling to bear fruit. Bukayo Saka, the club’s great hope, must not only forget the failure of the Euros, during which he missed a shot on goal in the final against Italy, but also overcome the crushing pressure placed on his shoulders. . Targeted by racist attacks after the defeat in the national team, he returns to the club, aware that his life will never be the same again. “Before, I could do normal things, now it’s not possible,” he slips, sitting down at the table with his teammates.

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Other players are highlighted, including goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, filmed during his medical after his transfer from Sheffield United. The young man also confides in front of the cameras on the stress of a professional career, made of unconditional support but also of unexplained hatred. He says he closed all comments on his social media after being threatened following his signing with the London club. But we also discover at his side the immense pride of his parents, filmed in the stands on the verge of tears. Among the other stars of the club to open up with sincerity, Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares, who both tell of their difficult adaptation to the club. Arrived in 2019 from Celtic, Kieran Tierney evokes the important question of mental health, some of his friends committed suicide. “I feel a certain responsibility to try to help as much as I can because I know what it’s like to be in a certain place. It was difficult,” he says.

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Throughout the three episodes that Paris Match was able to watch, “All or nothing: Arsenal” also highlights the personality and methods of Mikel Arteta. Increasingly close to his players over the weeks, he does not hesitate to play on the sensitive chord to motivate them. “My fears, my insecurities…Emotionally I was dead,” he said in a pre-game speech. The reason I keep going is you. So thank you “. Because sometimes images are worth more than words, we also discover it, by drawing on the board in the locker room: a heart, a brain and a supporter, supposed to represent the symbiosis between passion, intelligence and fan support, a magic recipe for becoming unbeatable. what will happen during the match. But all is not rosy and the tension seems to be rising more and more between the coach and the captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. But that’s a story… for future episodes.

The first three episodes of “All or Nothing: Arsenal” will be available on August 4. The series will then continue on August 11 and 18.

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