Arsenal lost to Liverpool in the FA Cup and afterwards Arteta said the most banal and predictable things to most of the reporters: we were better than them, we deserved to win, we created more chances, we just need to take our chances.
I say “most reporters” because when he was interviewed by the BBCs Kelly Somers his responses were just downright rude.
Somers: It’s just one win in six now, how concerned are you?
Arteta: We have to win.
Somers: How do you get back to winning ways, though?
Arteta: Scoring and not conceding.
Somers (chuckles): Is it just a case of working on the training pitch? You’ve got nearly two weeks now of course to your next game, I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing..
Arteta (interrupting): Yes because working from home, I don’t think is going to work. So, (chuckles) yeah we have to work on the pitch.
Somers: But is it a bad thing that you’ve got such a long pause now until the next Premier..
Arteta: It is what it is. And we are going to have to maximize the reset and continue to play the same way. If we can be better and more efficient.
Maybe Arteta has a beef with Somers. Maybe her questions were dumb and basic. Maybe he was tired after having to do 10 interviews. I’m not saying “Arteta out!” but I do think the tone and way he responded to this reporter was just rude and he was out of line. Reporters ask dumb questions. Most of these post match interviews are nothing more than a routine set of questions and answers, everything about them is anodyne. And of course Arteta has every right to answer dumb questions with dumb answers.
But, also, Mikel Arteta is the millionaire spokesman for the billion dollar sporting franchise called “The Arsenal”. He has a responsibility to be the public face of the club and he has an obligation to face these dumb questions and give the anodyne answers that we all want to hear. This wasn’t a case of “keepin’ it real”. He was just straight up being rude to Kelly Somers. And frankly, I imagine if one of his players had done the same thing, he’d be fining them a week’s wages.
He should apologize at least. It was rude. If he doesn’t like Kelly Somers, he should ask for a different reporter or just refuse to answer her questions and take the fine. But being rude is just a bad look.
As for the football, it sucked. It sucked in the exact same way that we have sucked since November: no one can score. Did we have more shots than them? Yes, 18 to 12. We also had 4 big chances to their 1. Kai missed one, Saka missed one, and Reiss missed two big chances against Liverpool. Yay! We “dominated” them! And only lost because of bad luck.
The question that Kelly Somers was really asking, which Arteta didn’t want to answer and which he is fully refuting in other interviews, is whether Arsenal need to buy a forward who can score goals. The answer is yes, Arsenal absolutely need players who can score. Arteta, however, says no. We just need to keep playing the way that we are playing and the goals will eventually score themselves.
Cool. I hope that works out for us.
In the meantime, maybe be a little less rude to people whose job is to ask stupid questions? I dunno man.