Arteta Basically Confirm Arsenal Summer Signings Will Start vs Leicester

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There was no pre-match press conference for Mikel Arteta on Friday, but he still made time to sit down for an interview ahead of the Leicester City game this Sunday.

Arteta was full of praise for summer signings Gabriel and Thomas Partey, dropping a huge hint they may make his starting lineup in the Premier League this weekend.

on Gabriel’s impressive start…
We saw qualities in him that is exactly what we wanted., but then you move him from France to here at an early age, without talking the language, to adapt to a new way of playing as well and he has done it really quickly and is showing a great mentality as well because we threw him in against Fulham after three or four training sessions and you could see the performance he had there.

on Thomas Partey…
I was really impressed because he looked really confident, he grabbed the game in the most difficult period, he took responsibility, he was really comfortable on the ball, he made a lot of right decisions, he was really strong in the challenges in every transition moment. I was impressed.

on the effect he can have on the rest of the team…
It is about finding the cohesion in the team and the fluidity with and without the ball what we want. Finding some specificity was in my opinion lacking in the squad, to get the pieces in the right places where everyone is comfortable doing their job that we give them to do. I think we are much more balanced. The same with Gabi (Gabriel), the performance he had last night as well and what he brings to the team. We will see a team that is closer to what we are trying to do.

on whether he is able to focus on the positives…
Yes, because I saw things within the cohesion and how much we get about each other that I really like. One of the examples is the reaction the team had with Bernd after his decision [for the Rapid goal]. I ask them to do that, to take those risks, to play the way we want to play and sometimes it is going to happen, but the reaction of the team with him when we scored the first and the second goals was really good. That comes from them and the culture we are trying to create here.

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