Arteta makes another training ground change to try and motivate Arsenal players

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Arteta makes another training ground change to try and motivate Arsenal players
Arteta makes another training ground change to try and motivate Arsenal players

Arsenal 's players will see their iconic moments recognised at the club's training ground as Mikel Arteta brings in another motivational tactic.

The Gunners fell narrowly short last term in the Premier League despite sitting top for long periods of the season. Arteta now needs to build on last year's momentum and lift his players for another charge at silverware and wants their major efforts to be remembered.

As a result a new 'Golden Moments' wall has been created - with space left for any notable contributions this term. The wall includes images of landmark moments with the player's name underneath, featuring, for example, Reiss Nelson's stoppage time winner against Bournemouth.

Aaron Ramsdale has two moments on the wall, which currently features five different images. If Arsenal are to challenge the likes of Manchester City then players will need to step up and walking past the wall is seen as a way of motivating the current crop of stars.

Arteta, who has been known to adopt some unconventional methods, also organised a dinner with all of the players and their families together. There he asked them to write one thing on a post-it note that would help in their push for the title and also assist their growth as a team. Those messages are now on display at their London Colney base.

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The Spaniard has also purchased a training ground dog, which he believes will keep morale high on a daily basis. The chocolate Labrador dog has been named Win and was added back in May.

Arsenal have bolstered their ranks with the capture of club-record signing Declan Rice from West Ham. A further £100m has been spent on Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber, who will help in opposite ends of the pitch. The Gunners will begin their competitive action when they face City in the Community Shield.

The treble winners were able to chase down the north Londoners and remain the standard to beat in England's top flight. Arsenal lost all three meetings against Pep Guardiola's side last term but can make a statement should they secure a win at Wembley.

Arteta's side begin their season with a home game against Nottingham Forest. Their first major challenge of the year comes in early September when they host Manchester United at Old Trafford. Arsenal will also welcome the return of Champions League football to the Emirates after a lengthy period away from Europe's top table.

Samuel Meade

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