Arsenal kicked off the new season with an encouraging Community Shield victory over Manchester City. After the game, the managers and players faced questions from the media.
Here are a few of the best bits…
Fabio Vieira on taking the decisive penalty and winning at Wembley…
To be fair, you always feel a bit of nervousness but it’s normal. You have to stay calm and that’s what I did. I just scored the penalty and was very happy to win and to help.
It’s amazing. It’s my first time playing at Wembley, it’s an amazing stadium and as I said I’m very happy, and the win is the most important thing. I’m here to help the team. We have a long season ahead, and I need to focus and help the team. That’s what I have to do.
Mikel Arteta on Aaron Ramsdale’s performance and practising penalties in pre-season…
He was great and we practised penalties a lot on purpose in pre-season to be ready for this just in case. We went through disappointments against Manchester United where we didn’t stop any of that, and that was the learning curve that sometimes it’s needed to get the right result and I think he was superb.
Source: Post-match press conference
Kevin De Bruyne on Arsenal new boys Havertz, Rice and Timber…
I think they’re good players. They looked at what they needed and they bought them. I think they started all three today, so that means they are big signings for them. Everybody is looking at their own team. Every team has so much money, so everybody is always spending in this league. We know that. It gets tougher every year, but one way or another we try to maintain where we are. We’ve done well in the last eight years.
Source: Hayters TV
Pep Guardiola on the new rules for stoppage time which led to eight minutes being added…
It is not annoying, we have to get used to it. I had the feeling, not because we were winning 1-0, it was just the fact I had a feeling that much didn’t happen to extend by eight minutes. But it is a good question for the [rule-making International Football Association Board] and all the people because they don’t consult the managers, they don’t consult the players. What is their opinion, we have to accept it. Now the games will be 100 minutes, that’s for sure. It never happened today and it was eight minutes, imagine if they extend for goals and every time you score a goal in a game [that is] 4-3. You put 30 seconds, 45 seconds on for seven goals, tomorrow morning 9 a.m. I am here playing.
Source: Post-game press conference
Mikel Arteta on deliberately practising penalties in pre-season…
We’ve done it [taken part in a shootout] three times in pre-season. It was part of the plan to get ready just in case we had to do it today, that it wasn’t the first time to do that, and I think that it paid off.