Steve Gatting spoke to Arsenal.com after an Arsenal XI began their pre-season campaign with a 4-3 victory away at Sutton United.

on a good first-half performance…
It was a good workout. Most of the boys played a half and this time of year is all about fitness. There were some very good points as well.

on getting back on the pitch…
The boys were excited - even though it's only a friendly, they looked forward to it and at times we played some good football. We scored some good goals. The performance was what it was meant for.

on Dan Crowley's performance…
Dan did well attacking-wise. The squad will be very young so it's good for youngsters to get experience.

on how essential pre-season is for the team…
Obviously you work on fitness but you work on tactical stuff, too. It's an important part of the season. We're going to Germany soon with this bunch of kids and it will be good to get to know the kids and work on things.

on the benefits of touring…
Tours are fantastic for team spirit. It's great for coaches to really get to know the kids because you don't really know them away from the training ground. It helps us to develop a good team spirit and we can work on a lot of tactical things.

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