Reiss Nelson has praised Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta for his aggressive half-time wake-up call to his players which enabled them to edge past Championship side Leeds United with a 1 nil victory in the third round of the FA Cup at the Emirates on Monday night.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds dominated the first-half of the game as the Gunners were second best but wasted opportunities to put the home side to the sword. At the interval, Arteta gave his players a dressing down which resulted in an improved performance in the second half and a much needed win.
Lacazette initially revealed that Arteta shouted a lot while Arteta admitted that he was angered by his side’s performance at half-time. Nelson, who came up with the winner admitted that it was nice that the new boss could play the role of good cop and bad cop in the dressing room.
When the 20-year-old was asked after the game about the half-time shouting incident, Nelson said: “I think that’s good,”
“I think as a coach you always need to have the aggressive side and obviously the side where you give love as well.
“In training he is always asking us to press with passion and play with purpose. I think we saw that at times.
“We played out wide, we played through the middle and it was all going on.
“In the second half we played with a real purpose. The team came out in the second half ready to go and I think we showed that we could create a lot of chances.
“He (Arteta) just said that we weren’t playing the way we should be playing. Mikel is a manager that wants to play with a purpose.
“He said we needed to be more aggressive and I think we did that in the second half.
“We showed more fight and character. We went out and did what we were supposed to do.”