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Having secured the high profile signing of 37 capped German international and versatile Chelsea attacker Kai Havertz for a reported £65 million, Arsenal fans are waiting on confirmation of the arrival of both Ajax defender Jurrien Timber and West Ham United and England midfielder Declan Rice – but that has not stopped manager Mikel Arteta’s pre season plans from progressing with pace.

On Thursday, the Spanish gaffer continued to put both the unexpected successes of the 2022/23 campaign, as well as the ending disappointment, behind us, and we continued preparations for the coming year out in Germany with a pre season friendly against Nurnberg.

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Fans always want results at this time of the summer, but pre season warm up games are never about results in reality, so 41 year old Arteta certainly will not be overly disappointed with a 1-1 draw from the game. Bukayo Saka grabbed our goal early on as players got minutes into the tank and under their belt as the built on their return to training, and the gaffer was happy to cover a few topics as he met with the media following – what he clearly considered to be – a successful run out.

Reflecting on the game directly, Arteta was basically pleased given the stage we are at, but obviously he acknowledged that there were things that needed work, but that is only natural right now as players blow away the summer cobwebs.

“A lot of things that I saw in the first half and especially as a few of the boys have only had three training sessions so just to give them minutes and exposure to understand and start connecting with each other again. I’ve seen some really good things despite the amount of changes we made and that is why the game declined, especially in quality and in control but we knew that was going to happen.”

He was also relatively pleased with the chance creation across the 90 minutes, knowing we should have scored more in the first half, but that we also had two chances in particular in the second half that we should have done better with.

One thing fans will be interested in is what role Arteta sees Havertz playing. He was not a great success at Chelsea, and we have paid a significant sum for him, but the gaffer is being coy.

“We will see. We have to see how he adapts and get to know each other and build relationships. Football is about that and time will tell where he sees best.”

Fans will also be waiting to see what Arteta truly has up his sleeve here.

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