It might be dead quiet at London Colney but around the world, Arsenal players are facing the media while on international duty.
Here are a few bits and bobs that have cropped up in the last few days that you might have missed.
Kai Havertz on his start to life at Arsenal…
I think so far in my career I had phases here and there where things were a little bumpy — and of course I know that you (media) after four matchdays will just point out the negatives, and a lot of bad stuff will be written. It’s not the first time I’ve come to a new club and so I know that it can take a bit longer and so I am relaxed about it. It’s only my second month there, so that’s why I’m relatively relaxed.
Leandro Trossard on Belgium’s competition for places and whether being rotated at Arsenal is an issue…
A lot of young guys have come along who want to show themselves. That’s good too. There are many good players, such as Bakayoko and Doku. But I see that every week at Arsenal – that’s nothing new. I don’t know how the national coach feels about that [his role at Arsenal)]. I am still convinced that I will play enough matches. I will be ready for the European Championship. We have a game every three days [at Arsenal], so it’s impossible to play with the same guys every time. It’s up to me to show myself when I get a chance. The coach told me that too.
Eddie Nketiah on competing with Gabriel Jesus…
It’s nice to be competing with him (Jesus). We both want to do the same thing and help the team. We push each other in training. It’s healthy and friendly competition. We have a good relationship and we support each other.
Source: England press conference | Hayters
Bukayo Saka on persuading Declan Rice to move to Arsenal and re-watching his teammate’s goal against United…
Obviously, he’d ask a few questions and I’d answer them, but yeah, I’d just try to give him the reassurance that he’d be coming to the right club and that the future is exciting for us. If he joined us, he’d make us better and that yeah, we can definitely achieve things.
I think I’ve watched his goal back 20 times. It was an unbelievable moment for him and his family. Even the stadium, he said it was crazy when he felt the atmosphere. He’s right though, it’s really special to play there. I’m just happy he’s happy and that he’s performing, and he’s got his first goal as well, I don’t think there’s a better moment for him to get his first goal. So yeah, I’m happy for him.
Saka on advice he’s [not] given to Eddie Nketiah…
I don’t think he needs much advice, that’s a man who deserves his moment, 100%. He’s worked so hard for it, I see him every day in training and even when he’s not playing he has the same attitude. I’m so happy he’s here. I don’t need to give him any advice, I just want to make him comfortable so he can be himself, enjoy it and do his stuff.
Source: BBC Sport
Martin Odegaard on switching off outside football…
I try to do things that don’t have much to do with football. I do other things and don’t think much about football. I feel that I have gotten better in this respect over the years. When I was younger, I felt that I could get very caught up in everything that happens. Battles could affect me for a long time. Now that I’ve gotten a little older, I feel like I’m able to come home, do other things and shut it out. I think it’s important for your performances in general, but also for being in the game for a long time. I think you have to be good at jumping out of the world we live in, closing it and forgetting it. I feel that I have become much better at that. I tried my hand at golf for a while, but I never became a great golfer. I do normal things. Sometimes I watch TV series, hang out with friends, family, everything like that. If the weather is nice, I’m out in the sun. It’s nothing special, no huge hobbies, but I do things that help me relax and unwind.
Oleksandr Zinchenko on working with new Ukraine manager Sergei Rebrov (yes, that one)…
I’ll say that the work is intensive, but at the same time interesting. A lot of information needs to be conveyed to the team in such a short time before such important games. I think that the coaching staff does it with 5 stars, as they say. Let’s see what will happen in the game.
Source: Sport UA