Footage of Photographer & Lifelong Arsenal Fan Giving Emotional Team Talk Before North London Derby Emerges

Footage of Photographer & Lifelong Arsenal Fan Giving Emotional Team Talk Before North London Derby Emerges

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:08 PM
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  • Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta deployed an unorthodox approach to inspiring his charges to a convincing win over Tottenham Hotspur back in September 2021
  • During the team talk session prior to the north London derby, Arteta gave veteran photographer and dyed-in-the-wool Arsenal fan Stuart MacFarlane the chance to motivate his lads
  • MacFarlane has been working for the Gunners as the club's chief photographer for the past 21 years

Stuart MacFarlane, Arsenal's chief photographer, delivered a powerful pre-match team talk ahead of his side's north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur last season.

Team talks are usually reserved for coaches and to some extent captains or the leadership figures in the team, however, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta gave the club's photographer a rare opportunity to inspire the players before a Premier League.

In a video posted on Twitter, sighted by Sports Brief, MacFarlane, who has been working with Arsenal as the club's photographer since 2001 gave a rousing, emotional speech just before the north London derby.

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Photographer and lifelong Arsenal fan Stuart MacFarlane delivered an emotional team talk before the club's 3-1 win over Spurs last season. Photo credit: @FootballJOE
Source: Twitter

The footage was sourced from Amazon's All or Nothing documentary on Arsenal, which has since gone viral with many football followers patting Arteta on the back, for giving the rare chance to MacFarlane.

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MacFarlane's speech was well received by the playing body of Arsenal as forward Bukayo Saka went over to MacFarlane to share a wonderful embrace with him.

Arteta's unorthodox methods proved successful as Saka, Smith-Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shot Arsenal to a three-nil lead after just 34 minutes.

Spurs will manage to reduce the deficit but Arsenal will hold on to a sweet 3-1 win over their archrivals in the first north London derby back in September 2021.

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta holds training session with Liverpool's iconic 'You'll Never Walk Alone' anthem in the background

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that interesting footage of Mikel Arteta conducting an Arsenal training session while listening to Liverpool's signature tune, 'You'll Never Walk Alone,' has surfaced online.

The footage is part of the upcoming Amazon All or Nothing: Arsenal documentary. The production captures the intrigues of Arsenal's season, where they turned around a poor start to the season but narrowly missed out on the top four.

The documentary is set to hit theatres officially on August 4th. But snippets of what to expect have continued to grace social media platforms.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.
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