New Signings Koch and Obradovic Introduced

New signings Julian Koch and Marko Obradovic have been introduced to the media at the Emirates Stadium this morning, with the Arsenal manager buoyant about working with the players. Both are likely to feature prominently in Sunday’s friendly at St. Johnstone.


journalist70Press Conference:
In attendance are BBC London, TEAMtalk,
Football 365, The People, & The Guardian.

surman70Arsenal FC:
First Team manager Gray Surman introduces
new signings Julian Koch and Marko Obradovic.


I’m delighted to be able to welcome both Julian and Marko to the club, and I sit here confident that their arrival will be a massive boost to the whole team, and confirm my intent to challenge for the top four this season.

“Marko’s signing is just part of my long-term vision for the future of Arsenal , and I’m confident he can make a big contribution. he was keen to join his international team-mate Matija [Nastasic] here and I thank Matija for helping us push the deal over the line.

“I’m excited to be working with Julian again, he was a player I was keeping tabs on during my time away, and I’m honoured that he stated publicly that he’d jump at the chance to join me here at Arsenal. I have a great friendship with him and it was idea for him to come here and take the next step in his career.

“I understand that I may have ruffled a few feathers with the Dortmund fans, but we made a fair offer and nobody forced their board to accept. The deal went through without a hitch so the Dortmund fans should be pleased that Julian is happy and will be playing football at the highest level next season.

“There is still some room left in the budget, and I have identified one area I’d like to strengthen ahead of the season so it’s about making the right moves if the right players become available. I’m happy with the squad now we’ve made these two key signings.

“Above all, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in action on Sunday.”