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Mikel Arteta faced the media after our 4-0 Florida Cup win over Chelsea on Saturday, and was asked about his team’s development, the options he has in defense and the latest on our injured players.

Here is a full transcript of what he said…

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on whether Arsenal fans should be excited about this team…
Yes, but it was a friendly match. As you could see there are a lot of positives to take from the game. The way we played, the intensity we showed, the way we tried to show who we are as a team . But at the same time, it’s only a test match. Don’t get carried away. There are still a lot of things we need to improve on and do better. But I think it’s good to build momentum, to end the tour in the right way, to give pleasure to our fans and to all those who helped make this tour a reality. Now is the time to return to London, focus and continue to make improvements and progress.

on the importance of doing business early…
This is great for any coach you ask, the sooner you get the players the better. Because we have to bring them into the cohesion of the team, understand each other, relaxed and at ease socially around the team and the fact that he (Jesus) has been with us for a few weeks makes a huge difference .

if the result changes anything to the transfer strategy…
Nothing. Again, don’t get carried away. There were a lot of positives, there are a lot of things we can do much better than what we did today and we have to keep improving as a team.

on his options in the team…
I focus on the players I have here available. We know what we would like to do is get the most out of the players we have.

on the back four…
At the moment Tierney and Tomiyasu are not in good shape, we have other options, but I think it was good to try different things, to build relationships in big matches, and I’m happy with the way which they played.

on Zinchenko…
He desperately wanted to play and I knew it. It was a maximum of 45 minutes but you could see right away that he was comfortable. He understands everything I want, he understands the process and I think he played a very good match.

on Guillaume Saliba…
I’m really happy to see the way he’s playing, the way he’s adapted to the team, the maturity he’s showing at 21, continue to do that. We will continue to develop him, he has huge potential, he is already a top player and we need to make him even better.

if he is ready…
Looked like it was ready today.

on the fitness of Fabio Vieira and Takehiro Tomiyasu…
Yeah, Tomi is really close to us starting doing workouts. Hopefully next week and Fabio probably a bit longer. I think he needs another week or so before he starts with the team, but he worked hard and he was really unlucky to start his career at Arsenal this way, but again , it fits well.

if Gabriel Jesus is well…
Yes, he got hit in the first half in his quad, I think that was the case and it was not very comfortable to continue and despite everything, we took no risks today.

on tour…
We had a great time. Many thanks to all those who participated in the organization of this tour. We tried to make it as enjoyable and productive as possible and on the sporting side the facilities were really good in the two games we played were really good too, really competitive games, good cup, great turnout so I can’t wait to come back one day.

on the depth of our team…
We are where we are. Obviously right now when we have injuries you can see that we are still a bit short in some positions for the way we want to play but that is something we are trying to sort out. We have certainly improved the quality of the squad and the standard of the squad is obviously something we want to keep raising.

if Gabriel Jesus can compete for the Golden Boot…
I have no idea, we are in pre-season. What I can guarantee you is that he will do everything to be the best player possible, that’s all.

on the signing of American players…
We already have one that we just signed so it’s a good start. Let’s see how it fits but it’s a huge market, there are a lot of opportunities out there and hopefully we can bring more to make you happy.

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