Arthur: 'I've always had the ball at my feet'

Arthur: 'I've always had the ball at my feet'

Barça's first signing of the 2017/18 season was formally presented at Camp Nou on Thursday, demonstrating a keen awareness of the Barça style of play at his press conference

Now that Arthur is in the building, it’s time to find out just what he said on his first full day as a Barça player.

After arriving on Wednesday afternoon, Thursday brought the 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder’s official signing, presentation, and press conference.

Here are the highlights of what he had to say:

On signing with Barça:

“It’s a day full of emotions.”

"I'm very happy. It's always been a dream to play for Barça."

“Wearing the Barça jersey is a dream come true for me and I will enjoy it, because I am with great players.”

On his new teammates and manager:

"I want to make history at this Club and I'm going to work hard to do it. I'm sure I'll learn a lot from my teammates."

“I hope to learn a lot from them, as well as from the coaching staff.”

“I’m anxious to absorb the knowledge of Ernesto Valverde.”

On the Barça philosophy:

“It’s a style of play that I like and that I’ve seen since I was little.”

On being compared to Xavi and Iniesta:

"Xavi and Iniesta are players who I've always admired. It's an honor to be compared to them."

“I like having the ball and controlling play.”

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