Arteta: ‘Expect new faces soon’

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has assured supporters that new signings are on the way, following the clubs 2-2 draw against Rangers.

The Gunners played the Scottish champions in a pre-season friendly, creating lots of chances but ultimately having to settle for a draw.

Speaking after the game, Arteta was positive about Arsenal’s performance and offered his thoughts on how he saw the game:

“We trained really hard, played two games, and now we’re going to be travelling to America in the next week.

“We didn’t have any injuries which is really positive in the first week. We’re going to have some new faces arriving probably, so very positive.

“It’s been really good. We created so many chances but we are not converting enough.

“Today we should’ve scored many more goals and with the quality of the players we have up front, they have to demand much more of themselves. But at least we are getting there, the process is becoming much clearer, much better.

“Without the ball as well, we worked really hard and were really efficient. We won a lot of balls in the final third so there are a lot of positives to take.

“Overall I’m really pleased with the performance. I think we dominated the game, we created so many chances – I counted about eight or 10 clear chances to score – but this game is decided in both boxes.

“We weren’t clinical in the opponent’s box and we conceded two goals from two corners, which were the only chances they had apart from the counter-attack from our own corner.

“It’s much better from the other day and you can tell that physically we were already better in the second game, the organisation was better, individually they played better, but I really liked the collective understanding of the game and how we executed a lot of things we’ve been working on in the training pitch.”

Arsenal will next face Inter in the semi-finals of the Florida Cup on July 25, before playing friendlies against Chelsea and Spurs.