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Footage shows a fuming Mikel Arteta ripping into his players after FA Cup exit at Nottingham Forest

Jack Kenmare

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Footage shows a fuming Mikel Arteta ripping into his players after FA Cup exit at Nottingham Forest

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reached boiling point after the club's shock FA Cup third round defeat to Nottingham Forest last season. You can watch behind-the-scenes footage of that moment from Amazon Prime's 'All or Nothing' documentary below.


Back in January, on a cold night at the City Ground, 14-time FA Cup winners Arsenal were dumped out of the competition after suffering a surprise 1-0 defeat to Championship outfit Nottingham Forest.

A late goal from substitute Lewis Grabban in the 83rd minute sealed a historic win for the recently promoted side, who went on to play Leicester City in the fourth round.

But the headlines belonged to Arsenal following a dismal performance. Mikel Arteta's side failed to record a single shot on target throughout the game.

In fact, Nuno Tavares was brought off after just 33 minutes following a poor display, while former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane suggested they were playing "like a pub team."

"It's been so poor," he said on ITV. "Pace of pass, decision making, passing it behind people. Really… rubbish."

Clearly irked by the lack of commitment on show, a furious Mikel Arteta said in his post-match comments that Arsenal fans deserved an apology after their lacklustre performance in the cup.

And after the full-time whistle, the Spaniard didn't hold back when he entered the dressing room.

"I accept losing guys, I accept losing. I don't accept these f****** standards, I'm telling you. I don't accept them, I don't accept them, these standards," Arteta said, wagging his finger.

"It's nowhere near, nowhere near. I'm not criticising the attitude but attitude is not enough, courage is not enough, to run is not enough, you have to have much more than that and it's nowhere near.

"You agree with me guys? Yeah? But between you f****** do it and demand yourself, that's what I'm telling you in f****** training because I see it in training, that it doesn't matter to give the ball away. 'It's okay, sometimes I go to the next ball and I run,' no! Because in the game it's a goal.

"When I lose a duel, I am upset," Arteta shouts. "When I lose the small-sided games, I am upset because that's the f****** standards, because you come here and f****** lose."

As you can see in the footage above, Arteta lifts the kit trolley and slams it down before walking off. "It's nowhere near guys," he says. "It's f****** s***. I'm telling you, s***."

Image credit: Amazon Prime
Image credit: Amazon Prime

Amazon's incredible All or Nothing series involving Arsenal has also brought some light-hearted moments to the table.

For example, ahead of their visit to Leicester in October, Arteta encouraged his players to do something a little different while stood in a circle in the King Power Stadium away dressing room.

The Spaniard called for his Arsenal squad to rub their palms together in an attempt to get "everyone with the same energy".

“We’re going to do something, guys," Arteta said.

"We’re going to get all the energy in this room together. If I tell you I want you to start with this (rubbing palms). I want you to close your eyes and I’m going to tell you what’s going to happen in the game.

"And then you’re going to grab each other’s hands and we’re going to create energy in a bubble and play f****** there [pointing towards the pitch]. Close your eyes."

Thoughts on Arteta's dressing room rant after the club's defeat against Forest in the FA Cup?

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Topics: Arsenal, Premier League, Mikel Arteta

Jack Kenmare
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