Mikel Arteta lifts lid on Arsene Wenger’s FA Cup final team-talk
Mikel Arteta reveals how Arsene Wenger's team-talk helped inspire Arsenal to victory over Hull City
Mikel Arteta has revealed how Arsene Wenger’s “brilliant” half-time team-talk helped inspire Arsenal to FA Cup glory against Hull City.
The Gunners came from two goals down to seal a 3-2 win at Wembley and win their first major trophy since 2005 thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s extra-time winner.
He told us to keep believing in how we should do it and keep performing
And midfielder Arteta says that the 64-year-old’s half-time speech helped galvanise the players ahead of the second half.
“The manager’s speech at half-time was brilliant,” Arteta told Arsenal Player. “[He told us] to keep believing in how we should do it and keep performing.
“He told us to stay calm. We had done the most difficult thing, which was to score the first one [after going two down] so now the game was open, we had plenty of time to do it, we could not rush it.
“It was brilliant, I think the lads continued to play and we showed a lot of experience and composure. I’m really happy, it’s a happy day.
“I’m glad overall for the players because they deserve it, for the manager and for the club in general and the fans.”