Boss pleased with new boys after MLS outing

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Arsene Wenger was impressed with his two new signings as Granit Xhaka and Rob Holding made their first appearances for the club.

The 20 year old defender was the only player to play the full 90 minutes of last night’s 2-1 win over MLS Allstars, and his assured performance was warmly welcomed by the Arsenal boss.

“He has adapted surprisingly in a very good way,” he said.

“He reads the game well and understands what’s going on. He anticipates well and that’s a quality, at such a young age, that you don’t find a lot.”

The Swiss international was a second half substitute, showing an impressive range of passing.

“He did adjust very well,” said Wenger. “His passing was clean and technically he did well. Overall I believe his first game was encouraging.”

On the game overall, the Arsenal manager was pleased with the performance of his team after some tough training in the California heat.

“I believe it was tough for us,” he said. “We are in a very hard training programme at the moment.

“You never know how tired the players are going to be in the game. So it was good to see we are in good shape. We had two hard days in the training sessions before we played today so we did well.”

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