The focus of the series in the 33rd round of the Premier League 2022/23 is the confrontation between Man City and Arsenal at Man City’s Etihad home.
Everyone knows that teacher Mikel Arteta is always creative in creating motivation for Arsenal players. For example, from the installation of speakers at the “You’ll Never Walk Alone” playing field before the recent visit to Liverpool at Anfield, which was full of difficulties (2-2), to the doodles of hearts and minds. holding hands.
Before taking on Man City at the Etihad in what will be the deciding game of the Premier League title, Arsenal manager Arteta might consider replaying footage from 1989 and the most incredible moment of the game. the club’s 137-year history. That is specifically the match against Liverpool on May 26, 1989 in the English national championship.
At that time, not a single member of the current Arsenal team was born and Arteta herself was only 7 years old at the time. At that time, Liverpool was like Man City, now the dominant force in the Premier League.
The key players in the Arsenal squad under the guidance of George Graham are as young as captain Tony Adams (22 years old), David Rocastle (22) and Paul Merson and Thomas 21 years old.
Like Arteta, Graham has also eliminated older players such as Charlie Nicholas, Viv Anderson and Graham Rix.
The similarities don’t end there. With the current Arsenal, this team has not won a match in three consecutive matches before the confrontation with Man City.
Back in time, Arsenal in 1989 also had 2 consecutive games without winning before meeting Liverpool.
“An air of resignation enveloped Highbury (today’s Emirates Stadium). You can hear it in half-hearted applause. You can see it in the faces of the fans,” former striker Alan Smith wrote in his autobiography Heads Up when sharing Arsenal’s 2-2 home draw against Wimbledon on May 17, 1989. , took place 9 days before the match against Liverpool.
On the team bus to Anfield, Graham performed his own motivational trick, pulling out an article and passing it to the players.
In that article, Graeme Souness, the former Liverpool player, sarcastically called Arsenal “boys” and praised Liverpool as “mature men”.
Only thing, Souness could not expect Liverpool to lose bitterly 0-2 to Arsenal. Even more bitter when this victory helped Arsenal to win the championship in the 1988/89 season only thanks to more goals than Liverpool (with 76 points through 38 rounds).
Now, Arsenal need to recreate the spirit of 1989 against Man City in the upcoming match between the two teams to create more advantages in the race to win the Premier League 2022/23.