All or nothing: Arsenal is satisfying and engaging, with plenty of interesting subplots to keep you eyeing it, but it doesn’t do much that you haven’t already seen in others All or nothing productions.
The Amazon original series All or Nothing: Arsenal was released on the Prime streaming service on August 4, 2022.
The very first season of All or nothing followed the Arizona Cardinals in 2016 and provided a groundbreaking glimpse into life behind the scenes of an elite sports team. Since then Amazon Studios have taken this format and repeated it with elite rugby (the All Blacks), college football (Michigan Wolverines), ice hockey (Toronto Maple Leafs), a handful of other NFL franchises and of course soccer teams (Brazil, Juventus, Manchester). City, Tottenham). The latest in the series goes behind the scenes at Arsenal Football Club and follows their progress in the 2021/22 season.
Since debuting in 2016 All or nothing has done very little in terms of format or formula to evolve. So if you’re looking for the thrill of watching groundbreaking documentaries, you might be disappointed. What All or nothing works very well, applying its proven formula in a variety of environments. If you enjoyed the previous entries, you will almost certainly like this one.
As usual, the thrill lies in getting an up-close look at the sporting icons, of whom we usually only catch glimpses in their heavily sanitized media appearances. We get to know the personalities of the players, the coaching staff and a handful of other fringe figures at the club.
This season, the show takes a good look at the story behind a football club with a long track record that has underperformed since the departure of long-time, visionary manager Arsene Wenger. Led by the league’s youngest manager, Mikel Arteta, Arsenal are a work in progress, a team in transition with a core of young, hungry players who need to be molded around them with the support of the coaching staff.
There is the usual match day footage and as a football fan it is always fascinating to see the top managers having their team chats. In one particularly memorable scene, Arteta brings a matchday photographer and lifelong supporter to a pre-match speech to underscore to the players how much the club means to the fans. Most interesting, however, are the everyday conversations between the players. For example, the little observations from newly signed players from abroad about how obsessed their mothers are with Ikea. It’s those little moments of humanity that make these normally distant millionaires feel relatable.
If there is a complaint All or nothing: Arsenal it’s the usual complaint one can make about the previous ones All or nothing series that maybe it’s a little too polished, a little too media friendly. One gets the impression that the club’s approval of participation is linked to strict conditions. Show enough to be interesting but not so much that it casts the club in a bad light. Then again, what do you expect from such a big production in the Premier League era?
If you are a sports fan you will like it All or nothing: Arsenalif you are a Premier League fan you will love it and if you are an Arsenal fan you must see it on TV.
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You can watch this series with an Amazon Prime subscription.
https://readysteadycut.com/2022/08/04/review-all-or-nothing-arsenal-amazon-original-series/ All or Nothing: Arsenal review – a solid 3 points