At the request of manager Mikel Arteta, the squad reportedly assembled on Tuesday after one win in their last six league games has seen them slip to 14th in the table.
Arsenal Players Involved in ‘Stormy’ and ‘Intense’ Squad Meeting
Meeting Requested by Mikel Arteta After Wolverhampton Wanderers Defeat
According to ESPN, Arteta ordered a team meeting, where players were encouraged to share their views and opinions regarding Arsenal’s domestic struggles so far in 2020/21.
A first meeting involving Arteta and his coaching staff reoportedly took place before they departed. The players-only talks were described as “stormy” and “intense”, with a heated yet constructive exchange of views and “finger-pointing.”
The players took Monday off, before returning to the Gunners’ London Colney training ground on Tuesday, where the meetings took place.
Arsenal declined to comment on the matter after being reached by ESPN.
The reported impromptu get-together appears to have boosted the team, who made it five wins from five in the Europa League on Thursday with a 4-1 thrashing of Rapid Vienna.
That game also saw the return of fans to Emirates Stadium for the first time since March, with 2,000 fans in attendance.
With Arsenal status as Group B winners confirmed, all eyes will be on their next fixture, the north London derby.
Although this fixture is always of vital importance for Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, three points would be a massive boost for either side. Spurs can maintain their position at the summit of the Premier League with a victory, whilst Arsenal can narrow the gap to their cross-capital rivals if they win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.
The all-important encounter will be attended by 2,000 fans, with London in Tier 2 of the new COVID-19 restrictions.
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