Every word Mikel Arteta said after Arsenal’s behind-closed-doors friendly on Tomiyasu and transfers

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A good workout – you must be pleased?

Yes we had the possibility to play Brentford again and we had quite a lot of players who needed some minutes, some of them coming back from injuries, some of them after Covid, so it was a good test and a good work-out.

How pleased were you with the players that came back?

Yeah, really good. We don’t have any big injuries as well, they have the minutes, we could work on some things, so it was a good idea to play the game.

You’ve still got plenty of players to work with during the international break?

Yeah, again because some of them are coming back from injuries, some of them that had Covid and could not travel with the national team, so we worked with them.

What’s the state of the squad going into the Norwich game?

Well let’s see because things change every day so hopefully we will get three or four back that we miss a lot in the last few weeks, and hopefully we don’t lose anyone on the internationals.

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How pleased were you with the execution of the strategy in the transfer market?

It was a really complicated market. We had a lot of things to do, I think we had 16 or 17 transactions in total, which is a lot. The club has made a big effort, we had support from the owners to try to do it and we had to recruit in the terms that we could, and I am very pleased.

You have a lot of young players who have a lot of experience?

Yes, different experiences, some had experience in the league, so abroad, and some have been coached in other ways, but they are players we have followed for a long time that we knew could fit in the model we are trying to implement at the club. So we are pleased.

Can you tell us how you think they’re going to integrate?

Again, it is 16/17 changes to the squad – it is a lot. You have to blend them all together, some of them haven’t even trained with us yet because they have still to come in the next week or so. As quick as possible. We have a good group, they will help them to adapt as quick as possible and get them to work with us and see when we can integrate all together.

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What can you tell us about Tomiyasu?

Again, we followed him for a while. We needed a full back who could be very versatile, can play as a centre back, can play in a back three, Tomi has this capacity. He is 22 years old but he has some really good experience in Serie A and at international level and with the qualities we are looking for.

You must be happy the window is closed. You can concentrate on the football now?

Yeah, there has been a lot going on. Obviously we had big things to do, a big transfer window and compliments to the boys because I think the team has done really well to try to satisfy what we could.

Source by Football London

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