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Orlando City 1 – 3 Arsenal – Match Report

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Having just led his team to a 3-1 victory over Orlando City, Mikel Arteta addressed the media in America and discussed a wide range of topics, from possible signings, his offensive options, the future of William Saliba and his goals for the season.

Read the full transcript…

about Oleksandr Zinchenko…

Yes, as you saw, he is here. There are still a few formalities left to sort things out, but we are very happy that we have him. I know this player very well, he is an exceptional player and he is someone who will bring another competitive advantage to the dressing room.

on his versatility to be able to play in midfield and left back…

Both, he can play both. He was a natural number 10 at the beginning of his career and we turned him into a left back who can do a lot of what we want from our game. This versatility will be important for the team because we have players in this position who are more specific to full-back, so I’m very happy.

about whether there will be more signings…

I dont know. This is what we have today. We have a big team, so we have to make some decisions about the players that we are not going to use all the time and be fair and honest with them, and this process will also begin very soon.

on the way out…

We should. We have a big team and now we have to succeed.

about the universality of new contracts …

That’s one of the things and how we can adapt structures, formations and rotations within a team and play the same players in different ways. Obviously it’s important to be more unpredictable and that’s why we hired these players.

on the effect of the rule of five substitutions…

It will be much more unpredictable to try to figure out what the enemy is going to do and there will be changes, so what you have planned in the beginning does not mean it will happen in the end.

on Sambi Lokong…

We are trying. Where he is comfortable and can develop in the best possible way. He is really comfortable playing in this position and we want to try and see what he can bring to this position. It’s true that now we still lack Emil and Fabio, so this position was shot a bit and he did well.

about the future of Lucas Torreira…

Lucas Torreira is our player.

about Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah being used as a strike partnership…

We want to improve this relationship, and they haven’t played many minutes together yet, like, for example, Martin and Gabi. We have to start doing it, we obviously do it in training but it’s important to put it into practice in matches and you can see they find the time and that’s important because these are two players with a big goal. the threat.

on what the pre-season tour gives us…

Well, first of all obviously the exposition of the club. We are a huge club and in every city where we are present you can see the reaction and support we get. It’s very important for our brand to have our supporters by their side and the US is a huge market, we have a big fan base and we have to promote that and make them feel like we’re ready to come here and then these practices and these tours give you a different level of competition with rivals you don’t really know, they are in the middle of the season so physically they are in better shape than you and then playing in this heat I think it brings good adaptation, when we need to get back to the UK.

under the contract of William Saliba …

We always have a plan and when we have to execute it is a different story and football is a really fun game and we are very happy that we have it and you can see how he has adapted, how he has matured, how he plays well and we are glad that he is.

about our goals for the coming season…

Our goal at this club is to win competitions, it cannot be otherwise, and the way we build the squad is aimed at achieving this goal. Today we are still in pre-season, the window is not closed, the team is not closed and we will set our internal goals, but they will not be at the end of the season, it will be much shorter because it is still far away and a lot can happen.

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