Mikel Arteta was a happy man after his side beat Lyon 3-0 in Dubai today, with the Gunners beginning their second pre-season.
Goals from Gabriel, Eddie Nketiah and Fabio Vieira gave us the victory over Laurent Blanc’s men, including two former Arsenal players in Alexandre Lacazette and Jeff Reine Adelaide.
Afterwards, the manager was asked about key issues, including:
Gabriel Jesus, his absence, and January
“We know that he needed some intervention in the knee. We’ll have to take it day by day, week by week and see it takes us.
“What it affects is who we are as a team because he gives us so much, so what we can do after that, when we know the timescale and when we can have him back, we will look at the options and try to make the right decision.”
Emile Smith Rowe’s potential return
“With Emile, he has returned to training and he’s in that process after we rehab, after a period where he had some real discomfort. So we are giving him time – he’s getting closer and closer. So hopefully in the next few weeks, we’ll be able to see him.”
Squad depth and the upcoming transfer window
“I feel like my squad is really good. Unfortunately, we’ve had injuries and we will try to see what we can do to be strong. We have players, we have a lot of accompanying players.
“The question is do we have the players that can give us the performances and the consistency that we need to maintain and improve from where we are?”
Arsenal have been linked with a number of January signings, but how much we get done next month may well depend on Jesus’ recovery, how much further players like Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli go in the World Cup, and the fitness of Smith Rowe etc.