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How we have helped our new signings fit in

All four of our summer signings could make their Arsenal debuts in next week's Champions League quarter-final.

Steph Catley, Malin Gut, Noelle Maritz and Lydia Williams all arrived during lockdown, and have been heavily involved in our pre-season preparations.

So how have we helped them all settle in to life in north London?

"Naturally it takes a little bit of time to find your feet and get links with new players, but with the way we play and how Joe and our coaching staff implement our philosophy, how we do things, it's gone very naturally," Kim Little explained. 

"They've been great. Two young players in Malin [Gut] and Noelle [Maritz], and they've fitted in very well. The style that Joe wants, he's signed players who are able to adapt to that, to come in and make an impact. They've done really well and I'm looking forward to playing with them competitively. 

"Again, with the Australian players, they're two world-class players who have so much experience behind them and will add so much to our team. I'm looking forward to having them in the team at the start of these competitive matches. 

"We've got a great squad of girls and great relationships with each other, even away from football. We've just tried to connect with each other and try to stay in touch as much as possible to make sure everyone's OK. We did a few Zoom things when it was right in the middle of the pandemic and then with the new signings, they came over in July. 

"Although we're limited to what we can do outside of training right now, we've all made a conscious effort to make everyone feel involved. That's always the case when you make new signings and have new people at the club. We all make the effort and know how hard it can be to come to a new place. We all make sure we make everyone feel as welcome as possible." 

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