Orlando City 1 – 3 Arsenal – Match report

Orlando City 1 – 3 Arsenal – Match report

Fresh from leading his side to a 3-1 victory over Orlando City, Mikel Arteta met the media in America, and discussed a wide range of topics, from possible signings, his options in advance, William Saliba’s future and his goals for the season.

Read on for a complete transcript …

about Oleksandr Zinchenko …

Yes, as you have seen, he is here. There are still some formalities to get everything done, but we are very happy to have him. I know the player very well, he is an exceptional football player, and he is one who will bring another competitive advantage to the locker room.

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

Both parts he can play in both. He was a natural No. 10 early in his career and we turned him into a left back who can do many things we want in our way of playing. That versatility is something that will be important for the team because we have players in the position who are more specific backs, so I am very happy.

on whether there will be more signings …

I do not know. That’s what we have today. We have a big squad so we have to make some decisions also on the players that we are not going to use consistently and be fair and just with them, and it is a process that is going to start very soon as well.

on expenses …

We must. We have a big squad and now we have to make things happen.

about versatility in new signings …

It’s one of the things and the way we can adapt structures, formations and rotations in the squad and play with the same players in a different way. Being more unpredictable is obviously important, which is why we have recruited those players.

on the effect of the rule of five compensations …

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

at Sambi Lokonga …

We try. Where he sits comfortably and can develop in the best possible way. He is very comfortable playing in that position and we will try to see what he can bring in that position as well. It is true that now we are missing Emile and Fabio another, so that position was a bit shot and he has done well.

about Lucas Torreira’s future …

Lucas Torreira is our player.

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

We want to build those relationships, and they have not played many minutes together yet, the same with Martin and Gabi, for example. We have to start doing it, we do it of course in training, but putting it into practice in matches is important and you can see that they find themselves with good timing and that is important because they are two players with a big goal threat. .

on what a pre-season tour gives us …

Well, first of all obviously the exposure of the club. We are a big club, and you can see in every city we are present in, the reaction and the support we get. It is very important for our brand, for our supporters to be next to them and the USA is a huge market, we have a big fanbase and we have to promote it and make them feel that we are ready to come here and then these practices and those trips give you a different level of competition against opponents that you do not really know, they are in the middle of the season, so physically they are in better shape than you, and then playing in that heat, I think it gives a good adaptation for when we have to return to the UK.

on William Saliba’s contract …

We always have a plan, and when we have to implement it, it’s a different story, and football is a very fun game, and we’m very happy to have him, and you can see how he’s adapted, the way he has. matured and he plays well and we are happy to have him.

on our goals for the coming season …

Our goal in this club is to win competitions, there can be nothing but that, and the way we build the squad is to achieve that. Today we are still in pre-season, the window is not closed, the squad is not closed and we will set our goal internally, but they will not be at the end of the season, it will be much shorter because it is still too long and much can happen.

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