How Arsenal are tapping into stars’ Wags as secret weapon to fire Arteta’s men to Premier League glory

AS the saying goes, “behind every every great man there’s a great woman”.

That rule of thumb appears to apply completely to Mikel Arteta‘s Arsenal.

Instagram / @laurahlvnArsenal are tapping into a secret weapon to help fire them to the Premier League title[/caption]

Instagram/HelenespillingSophie Weber, left, Tomali Benson, middle, Milly White, right, Helen Spilling, top left and Laura Trossard Hilven, top right, have been helping Arsenal charge to the title[/caption]

Instagram / @laurahlvnThe group have become a strong social group away from the pitch[/caption]

instagram/@tomali_bensonThey have become a regular sight at the Emirates in full support[/caption]

But unlike some WAG drama Arsenal stars partners have been a force for good

GettyMikel Arteta saw an opportunity which has paid dividends[/caption]

After years of obscurity where the club struggled to compete for the title, Arteta and Gunners sporting director Edu have cultivated a positive culture within the club.

Players on the pitch appear to be enjoying their football, having built a strong rapport with each other.

And it seems this relationship has extended to significant others of a number of Gunners stars.

Following their 5-0 thumping of Chelsea last week, a viral video of Martin Odegaard‘s partner, Helene Spilling, dancing to Shakira‘s “Waka, Waka” – adopted as Kai Havertz‘s chant – typified this shift in culture.

Wag drama away from the pitch has been known to cause it’s fair share of problems for footballers in the past.

However, Arsenal have turned this proverbial chink in the armour into an extra boost as they hunt for a first Premier League title in 20 years.

A core group of Arsenal players including Odegaard, Havertz, Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard and Ben White have blossomed on the pitch while their partners have become a core group off it.

Helene, Sophie Weber, Tomali Benson, Laura Trossard Hilven and Milly White are often seen socialising together away from football.

Meet Arsenal’s Wags

Tomali Benson – partner of Bukayo Saka

Benson and Saka have kept information on their relationship largely quiet. They do not appear on each others Instagram pages but she was seen speaking to Saka at the 2022 World Cup.

Helene Spilling – partner of Martin Odegaard

A professional dancer from Norway who rose to fame in the country’s version of Strictly Come Dancing, the pair were first spotted together at the Football Awards in March 2023.

Sophie Weber – partner of Kai Havertz

Weber works as a model and social media influencer and is the most high profile member of the group on online with almost 400,000 followers on Instagram. They are childhood sweethearts having grown up in the same neighbourhood.

Milly White – partner of Ben White

The couple got engaged in 2022 before tying the knot officially in May last year. They have matching “I love you tattoos” on their wrists. Milly White works as a model.

Laura Trossard Hilven – partner of Leandro Trossard

The pair met in 2014 before getting married in 2019. They have two sons together, Thiago and Amadeo.

Lauren Fryer – partner of Declan Rice

Lauren Fryer and Declan Rice have been together since 2015. She tends to keep a lower profile compared to some of Arsenal’s other Wags but is no less stunning. She sadly deleted all pictures on her Instagram after suffering horrific abuse by vile trolls.

Georgina Ramsdale – partner of Aaron Ramsdale

Georgina Ramsdale works as a flight attendant. The couple got married last June after the Arsenal star proposed in 2022. They originally met in 2019.

Martin Odegaard and Spilling were first seen together in March 2023

Ben White and Milly White have matching ‘I love you’ tattoos on their wrists

Instagram / @laurahlvnArteta said ‘family support’ was key[/caption]

Instagram / @millywhiteThey were spotted over in Germany for Arsenal’s second leg against Bayern Munich[/caption]

They are often seen together on matchdays, including the second leg against Bayern Munich, and four of the women stayed together to see Arsenal thrash Sheffield United 6-0 in March.

This bond is said to have been strengthened by the club’s trip to Dubai during the winter break.

Arteta saw an opportunity to improve the players and invited players partners onto the trip, with the club putting on bonding sessions to help the group become closer.

The decision was greeted by scepticism, but the gamble has more than paid off, with Arsenal winning 10 out of 11 league games following the break.

The support network around the club’s players deserves huge credit pushing the club onwards and upwards according to Arteta and are “really helpful” in allowing players to settle.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Arteta said: “That’s great to see obviously because it’s needed.

“We have a lot of foreign players that obviously they have their families, wives, girlfriends around and they need support.

“They need to build those friendships and those close circles around them.

Instagram / @sophiaaemeliaSophie Weber is a social media personality[/caption]

Instagram / @helenespillingSpilling is a dancer from Norway[/caption]

Instagram / @tolami_bensonBenson and Saka have largely kept their relationship under wraps[/caption]

The Arsenal loving also sees club mascot Gunnersaurus involved

“We have created that, big credit to them and how much they have put into that because it’s really helpful for the team so if they are happy, much better because the players are gonna be happy and more settled.

“It gives you a much bigger sense of belonging somewhere when you really feel that you are part of something.”

While this group are the most prominent to feel the benefit from the club’s culture, it has also been seen to be a help to Lauren Fryer and Georgina Ramsdale, the partners of Declan Rice and Aaron Ramsdale respectively.

Arteta’s open arms policy naturally extends to whole squad, with the likes of relatively new signings Jakub Kiwior, David Raya and Jorginho seeing their partners – Claudia Kowalczyk, Tatiana Trouboul and Catherine Harding respectively – welcomed into the family.

The Spaniard added: “We do certain things, we try to bring everybody together to try to at least have the capacity to connect and then obviously a relationship.

“Whether you like somebody or want to spend time with somebody, that’s something super personal and something completely down to them.”

Arsenal have a one point lead at the top of the table to Manchester City, who have the pressure on them to win their game in hand to reclaim the top spot in the table.

The Gunners face Bournemouth, Manchester United and Everton to finish their season.

Kai Havertz grew up with Weber

Georgina Ramsdale is also a beneficiary of the Arsenal policy with husband Aaron Ramsdale

Declan Rice is in a long-term relationship with Lauren Fryer

Trossard has two children with Hilven

Tactics Exposed: Why Kai Havertz is Arsenal’s most important player

By Dean Scoggins

KAI HAVERTZ endured a difficult start to life at the Emirates after his big-money move from Chelsea.

But has now well and truly found his feet.

The German, 24, has found his scoring boots in recent weeks, including his double against his old club.

But Havertz has been providing much more than goals in recent months.

In fact he has become Mikel Arteta’s most important player as Arsenal go for the title.

That’s after the Spanish boss made a genius tactical switch.

Read more on how Mikel Arteta is using Kai Havertz.

Or to watch the brilliant video in full on YouTube.

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