Arteta praises two players after warm up against MLS all-stars

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta lauded two players in particular after his side’s friendly win over a Major League Soccer (MLS) all-star side this morning.

   Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta He praised the versatile players of both Yerrian Timber and Kai Havertz after the friendly win. The all-star team of Major League Soccer (MLS) United States 5-0 in the early hours of today (Thursday, July 20, 2023), with one of the newly signed players named be a scorer

Mikel Arteta

Arsenal played their second warm-up game of the pre-season. By meeting the all-star team of the Major League Soccer (MLS) United States, where they sent a starting 11 full of players in the first ทางเข้า ufabet team, such as Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira, William Saliba, Leandro Trossar and Aaron Ramsdale, while Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Yerrian Timber, 3 new stars all started as substitutes.

          While the all-star side of the MLS team has Wayne Rooney, a former Manchester United striker who is the coach of DC United, sending former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke. The DC United side started this game alongside ex-Barcelona star Rigi Puch and ex-Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki. Mikel Arteta was dominant, making it 5-0 down with a goal from Gabriel Jesus in the 5th minute, Leandro Trossar in the 23rd, Jorginho from a 47th-minute penalty. Gabriel Martinelli in the 84th minute and Kai Havertz in the 90th minute, with Timber and Rice coming on as substitutes in the 64th and 65th minutes respectively. 

Havertz started from the bench again after a 1-1 draw with Nurnberg, with Arteta keen to talk about the pair after the game. (Havertz+Timber) at the post-match press conference. As for the Timbers, he can play both at right-back and in the middle of the defensive line. which the Spaniard highlighted as one of the reasons why he brought him from Ajax. “I think you saw tonight that he’s a really versatile player. You can see him defending in those positions.”

          “He gives you a chance to change the game. He can dominate areas, he is comfortable on the ball and he is aggressive in duels. And it’s that dynamic that I really like in him . He went down and regained possession in that duel and he was ready to go. He’s been like that for the past few days. He has played very well with the team and I think he will be an important player for us.”

          Arsenal fans followed Havertz more closely as a player at Chelsea for three years, scoring his fifth goal late in the game to seal a win over a side managed by Rooney. Attacking midfield is where Havertz has played in two friendlies so far. But Arteta thinks that might change. He said: ” I think [versatility is] one of the main qualities he has . When you have to beat the press and use him as a centre-forward, so we’ll see. For now, he plays in an attacking midfield position. But I’m sure throughout the season and throughout the games as well. We will have options for him to play in different positions.

          In the next game, Arsenal will face Manchester United, the Premier League team. On Sunday morning, July 23, at 4:00 a.m. at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.