Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is known as an intense figure on the training ground – and goalkeeper Matt Turner has shed light on a time when he discovered exactly that.
The Spaniard should be all smiles at the moment given his side are top of the Premier League after seven games played, but Arteta is not one to get ahead of himself – especially with so much football still to be played.
A number of Gunners stars have shed light on what it is like to train under the Arsenal boss, with centre-back Rob Holding previously dubbing Arteta as “intense”. Turner must have a similar feeling after he opened up on a standout incident from his short time in North London so far.
Speaking to the MLS official website, Turner explained: “We were playing a small possession game and it was really, really tight… I tried to make a pass and I gave the ball away. I sort of visually got frustrated and upset and Arteta just came up to me and shoved me.
“He [Arteta] was basically like, ‘I don’t want to see that. I don’t like seeing that reaction. I want to see you pick yourself up and keep going.'”
It is potentially that kind of coaching and motivation that has inspired this particularly promising vein of form out of this current crop of Arsenal stars. Arteta has overseen six wins from seven, with the only defeat coming at Old Trafford after a 3-1 loss against Manchester United.
Turner is yet to feature in any league games, but did make his competitive Gunners debut during the 2-1 away win over FC Zurich in the Europa League earlier this month. The 28-year-old is very optimistic over his future at Arsenal and insists he has already improved significantly since his arrival from MLS outfit New England Revolution this summer.
He added: “My game has come a long way since I began at Arsenal. Mikel doesn’t accept anything except full-gas at training sessions. So you have to bring it every single day, or else you get found out pretty quickly out there on the pitch.”
Arteta is incredibly demanding of his players but the Arsenal boss clearly feels it is the only way to achieve his ambition of getting his side to play ‘with one brain’, each Gunners’ talent is going to need to be in-sync with the other for them to continue their stellar start after the international break.
Their first game back after the brief pause in club football comes against fierce local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who make the short trip across North London looking to burst Arsenal’s bubble at the Emirates.