Arsenal’The club’s photographer gave a goosebumps-inducing team talk before last season’s North London derby win over Spurs.
The Gunners hosted their rivals at the Emirates in the first derby of the season in September and were straight out of the blocks.
And footage from Amazon’s All or Nothing documentary on Arsenal could serve as an explanation for why Arsenal were so fired up.
Because manager Mikel Arteta got veteran photographer Stuart McFarlane to give a rousing, emotional speech.
The lifelong Gunner and long-time club employee got the final word and reiterated to the players what Derby means to fans.
Holding McFarlane’s camera in the air, Arteta addressed the squad, saying: “This man, for the last 30 years, has held the passion, the passion and the team.
“I want you to hear from him what he thinks of you because he sees you around our club every day.”
McFarlane, speaking from the heart and with great passion, uttered words of wisdom.
“It’s tough. This is my club. ‘I love this football club and I love you all.
‘In 30 years, I’ve photographed some incredible players, some world-class players, some great teams. I see you guys a lot, it’s a great team.
“I’ve been a fan my whole life. All we have to do is go out and win.
‘It’s me. I am a fan. This is far out… they would give anything to win today. Look at them.
‘First f*****g tackle, listen to the crowd, they’ll jump right on you. Win every tackle.
“When you score, look at their faces. See how much they love you and show them how much you love them. Okay?”
Amazon ‘All or Nothing: Arsenal’ teaser clip An emotional pre-match team-talk by Arsenal’s chief photographer Stuart McFarlane with the squad ahead of their 3-1 win over Tottenham in the North London derby.
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There was an explosion of noise as the Arsenal players got excited. Saka approached McFarlane to share a nice hug with him.
Arteta’s actions and his unorthodox methods explain why he has earned the nickname “surprise” at the club.