Luol Deng was speaking at the annual Deng Top 50 Basketball Camp, in collaboration with the Luol Deng Foundation, a non-profit organisation that uses basketball as a tool to give hope to those in Africa, the U.S. and the UK. To find out more go to

As an Arsenal fan, what are you most excited about this season?

Luol Deng: “I’m excited about a lot of things, we’ve got a lot of new signings so I’m happy about that. I think at the end of the day we want to finish in the top four, we want to get back to the Champions League so that’s why I can’t jump the gun yet getting excited as I am. It was a good test against Liverpool and we’ve got Tottenham this weekend. It’s early but honestly I just want to see a line-up that every match I can say ‘OK I know who’s starting and who’s not’ because Man City are doing that and other teams are doing that. For Arsenal we’ve got to get our main XI first so at least the fans know this is our basis, this is who we go with and then go from there.”

Are there any particular signings you’re looking forward to seeing more of?

Luol Deng: “Pepe, everyone is excited about Pepe. Obviously being young and the fact that we paid so much money for him. It was good to see him play a full 90 minutes against Liverpool but I really want to see him play more and see what he can do.”