After Arsenal battered the MLS All-Stars 5-0 at Audi Field, the manager and several players faced questions from assembled media.
Here are a few interesting bits and bobs
Martin Odegaard on how the new players are settling in…
Yeah brilliant, all of them. They are already a part of the team, already a part of the family and you saw on the pitch today the quality they have so it’s a pleasure to have them here and a joy to play with them. We still have so many things to improve, we can get a lot better so it’s very early. We are getting more and more fit, I think the rhythm will come, so it’s good so far.
Folarin Balogun on how seriously Arteta took this match:
Deadly serious, I won’t even lie. He’s a relentless man, as you’ve seen. What you see with him is what you get, he’s very demanding and of course, that’s a good mentality for us. When we’re coming out here, we want to take every game seriously and play the right way.
Source: Apple TV
Man of the Match Bukayo Saka on the 5-0 win over the MLS All-Stars…
I think we showed in glimpses how well we can play. I’m really happy with the new signings and how they got on and gelled with the team. In the second half, we finished strongly.
Source: Apple TV
Mikel Arteta on what he wants from the absent Matt Turner…
First of all, the same as last year which is a great contribution to the squad and a great contribution to the goalkeeping unit as well because he’s so competitive and keeps everyone at their best level every single day. Then when he played he’s been great with us and with the national team he’s been superb, so I think he’s on a great trajectory. Obviously, he needed some holiday because it’s been a long, long year for him, I don’t know how many competitions he’s played in, but it was so many and so he needed a break. When it’s after his break he will be back with us.
Jurrien Timber on his move to Arsenal…
It’s a dream come true, to be honest. My patience has paid off, yeah. I just followed my feelings, I was patient. It paid off, it paid off. I’m at one of the most beautiful clubs in the world. They had a great season last year and now they bought some players so the expectations are really high but it’s nice to see that they are building and building, so let’s see what this year will bring. The first moment, you’re a bit nervous [walking into the dressing room], but I was also calm, I’m a calm guy. The guys were so welcoming, so it was very easy to come into the group and feel like one of them.
Source: Sky Sports