Incredible moment Arteta stuns Arsenal squad to silence with near-death speech

Mikel Arteta stunned Arsenal's players into silence with an emotional near-death speech after they lost their first three games of the Premier League season.

The Gunners slumped to their worst start to a campaign in 67 years after losing against Brentford, Chelsea and being thumped 5-0 by Manchester City just under 12 months ago. With things looking bleak, Arteta delivered a dressing room message that really gave his players something to think about.

"In many industries there are high performance teams," he began in a moment captured by the club's All or Nothing documentary on Amazon. "And these high performance teams are called this because they all have something in common – they get results.

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"When I was born, I was born with a big heart disease. And for two years, they had to try to save my life until I had the opportunity to have the first open surgery in Spain. So high performance teams [don't have to be] a football team or a basketball team; for example it can be an emergency team that works in a hospital.

"These teams have to be surrounded by people that are very special who are willing to work 24/7. They do it only for one reason – because they love what they do, nothing else. That's their drive, and that is their purpose."

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As Arteta delivered his message, stars including Aaron Ramsdale, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka looked on in stunned silence.

The Spaniard then returned to his whiteboard, which had a graph from 1-10 written on it. "I'm going to share something with you," he continued. "This is me, this is my emotional status. In the last 14 days, one to ten, post-Manchester City, I was here," he said, marking an area way below the graph.

"Dead, I was here," he added. "I had fear, I had insecurity, I have the media that is killing me. Suddenly, I have all the positives. I have an incredible family, a wife, three kids, another one – the club, always. From the top downwards, everybody.

"The moment that I go from here to there, like this, is you guys. Because this week I have found the purpose of why I want to be a coach, why I am in the industry, why I have to be with these people.

"For this, guys, what I have to say, only from my side, is thank you so much. To all of you because in a difficult moment you made the best week for my football career. Believe in yourself; I do. You are really good. The last thing I want to do as a coach is blame any of you in difficult moments. My responsibility, I take the shit, let's go."

Arteta then ended his speech and walked out of the room to a round of applause. The outpouring clearly had the desired effect as Arsenal went on to beat Norwich City 1-0 to secure their first Premier League win of the season later that afternoon.

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