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Every word from Mikel's post-Nurnberg presser

Mikel Arteta spoke with various journalists who had also traveled to Germany after his team's 1-1 tie with FC Nurnberg. They discussed a variety of themes related to the summer thus far.

Bukayo Saka's early goal prevented us from claiming a victory, but the manager was happy with the effort put in for the full 90 minutes as he talked about the match, the team's recent transfers, and its physical and tactical makeup.

Here is everything he said following the game:

on whether he saw what he was hoping to see in the game:

I observed a lot of things in the first half, especially since some of the boys had only three training sessions. Just give them some time and exposure so they can comprehend and reestablish relationships with one another. Despite all the adjustments we did, I've seen some very excellent things, which is why the game suffered, particularly in terms of quality and control, but we were aware of this development beforehand.

on the opportunities we sparked:

We played really well in the first half, and I believe we could have scored more goals. Even in the second half, we had two excellent opportunities to score, but we didn't. It happens in football, and mistakes happen in sports.

on the location where Kai Havertz is playing:

We'll find out. We need to get to know one another, establish relationships, and observe how he adapts. Time will tell where he sees things best since that is what football is about.

regarding recent transfer transactions:

We are currently collaborating with the players present. You will be the first to hear when we have something to say because we have nothing to say just yet.

After Granit Xhaka left,

There are three aspects to this. First, he had a strong desire to go there since he felt it was the correct time and presented a significant potential for him. After that discussion, we all agreed that it was the proper course of action to take.

regarding wounds sustained during camp:

We must exercise caution since [Martin Odegaard] and Leo [Trossard] are having difficulties, and other players who had problems were picked up over the previous week. We'll proceed gradually because it's still preseason and some of them have just participated in two or three training sessions.

regarding giving some youth players opportunities:

It's fantastic because we wanted to offer them that chance, especially in light of all the changes. It's challenging to play without other players present, but I believe they did an excellent job.


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