The documentary has had behind-the-scenes access to one of the most turbulent seasons in Arsenal history and the first trailer has been released
It’s here! A trailer for Amazon’s documentary on Arsenal has been released, offering supporters a glimpse into what was an interesting campaign for Mikel Arteta’s side on and off the pitch.
Just under a year ago it was announced that the Gunners would be the next installment of Amazon Prime Video’s popular sports documentary franchise ‘All Or Nothing’ with filming taking place across the 2021/22 season for it to launch exclusively on Prime at some point in 2022.
“We are looking forward to giving our fans around the world a unique insight into how we work day to day,” Arsenal’s Media and Communications Director Mark Gonnella said at the time. “We have one of the biggest global followings in the game and one consistent thing we hear from fans is their desire to see more about what happens behind closed doors at the club. All or Nothing will give our fans and sport lovers an opportunity to learn more about what makes Arsenal such a special club, our trophy laden history and our ambitions for future success.”
With Arsenal going into last season on the back of successive eighth-placed finishes in the Premier League and not competing in any European competition, this was always bound to be a fascinating watch. When factoring in just how close they came to Champions League qualification, it will only increase the level of anticipation.
Furthermore, the whole Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saga, the awful start to last season, both transfer windows and much more will be covered in the full release as the documentary makers have had cameras fixed in many rooms of the club’s training ground since the terms of the link-up were agreed.
Upon the official release of the trailer on Tuesday afternoon it was confirmed that the episodes will start streaming on August 4, but that wasn’t the only main talking point from the 24-second video clip. So without further ado, here’s what else we spotted from the trailer.
The trailer begins with six chilling words from Mikel Arteta: “We are bottom of the league”. This was Arsenal’s reality after losing their first three games last season against Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City. Unsurprisingly, there were calls from supporters for him to be sacked.
One fan said: “It’s relegation form”, another said: “Arteta’s got to go”. Of course, the club stuck with the Spaniard and he did manage to turn things around after the September international break, leading the Gunners to the brink of Champions League qualification for the first time in six years.
But how did he do it? Well, it would appear he issued a rallying cry to his squad to create an ‘us vs them’ mentality as he uttered the words: “When everybody is against you, you are stronger guys”. Bukayo Saka can be seen nodding in agreement and he certainly took it on board.
What is also interesting about Arteta’s speech is that he did so in front of a screen displaying wolves with Arsenal flags. As per @afcstuff on Twitter, this is a reference to the time Arsene Wenger drew a wolf on the board & told his players to play like wolves, in a match they went on to win.
The trailer didn’t go into any detail regarding Aubameyang being stripped of the captaincy and subsequently leaving the club in the January transfer window. But there might have been a subtle dig aimed at the striker as when Arteta’s voice-over says “zero goals” the camera pans to a dejected-looking Aubameyang.
Dressing room celebrations
Arsenal came in for a lot of criticism during the second half of the season for their post-match celebrations. It all started after the win over Wolves in February when Ruben Neves was extremely vocal in his criticism of the Gunners players for what he perceived as over-exuberant celebrations at Molineux.
“We saw the way they celebrated the win and that shows the level we are,” he said. “I didn’t see Arsenal celebrating like this in the past 10 years – it was like they won the league.” This prompted a response from a ‘vexed’ Arsenal legend in Ian Wright who explained why the players were so jubilant after the full-time whistle.
Little did we know that Arsenal’s post-game celebrations were probably a routine thing after a victory as highlighted in the trailer where the squad can be seen jumping up and down in the dressing room. With Ainsley Maitland-Niles spotted in one of the clips, that would have taken place before January.
Perhaps one of the most intriguing things to emerge from the trailer was Aaron Ramsdale letting his anger out in the Arsenal dressing room as he screams “embarrassing” before slamming down his water bottle.
It’s unclear as to whether this incident occurred at half-time or after a game and it’s also not clear as to which fixture is in question. The only thing for certain is that the fixture took place at the Emirates Stadium so perhaps one can assume it was after a loss which may narrow it down to Man City, Liverpool or Brighton and Ramsdale didn’t feature against Chelsea back in August.
Transfers, pre-season training, friendlies and the start of the new Premier League season are all things for Arsenal supporters to look forward to this summer, but it will take a lot to top the anticipation for the Amazon All or Nothing documentary.