Before last night’s 4-0 win over Hull, some of Arsenal’s most senior players called a meeting to address some of the issues the team have been having in recent weeks.
Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker, Petr Cech and Tomas Rosicky were the instigators of the get-together, which took place away from the coaching staff and the manager.
The Arse-summit, if you will, was revealed by Theo Walcott, speaking in the wake of his two-goal salvo which helped the Gunners into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
“We have quite a lot of experienced players in the dressing room,” he said. “It came from Cech, Mikel, Per and Tomas. We have four good old heads there. I’d like to keep what was said among ourselves but it was very important. We have had a reaction from it anyway.
“We know as a unit it has been tough and we all had a good chat among us behind closed doors, without even any of the coaches or the manager knowing about anything and I think it is important that as a team we have got it in us. We just have to produce it more often.”
And he said that Arsene Wenger would have been aware of it, despite respecting the privacy of the players (he certainly knows about it now that you’ve said it out loud, Theo!)
“He probably knows about it anyway,” he continued. “He’s got ears everywhere at the club. The manager respects the players’ privacy and what’s happening personally among us all. It was a meeting to express how everyone was feeling basically and it worked.”
Of course it would be better if these kinds of meetings weren’t necessary, but if the reaction to it helped spark our most convincing win (in terms of scoreline) all season, then they should do it more often.