Arsenal have had an 'aggressive' pre-season - Arsene Wenger

Boss feels Gunners are 'well advanced' in their preparations ahead of new Premier League campaign…

Arsenal have played four games as part of their Asia tour and, when reflecting on what the squad can take away from the experience going into the Emirates Cup competition this weekend, manager Arsene Wenger is pleased because the club's most recent match, against Urawa Reds in Japan, provided a competitive and aggressive 'friendly' that accelerated the Gunners' preparations.

'We are well advanced in our preparation,' said the Frenchman to the club's official website.

The North London side secured a 2-1 victory last Friday, allowing an eight day recovery period until they are slated to face Napoli on Saturday in the annual pre-season competition at Ashburton Grove (aside from last year, which was cancelled due to the 2012 Olympics).

'It depends now on how quickly we'll recover from that trip because it was very difficult. It will take a few days to recover from that. We wanted a competitive game. We got one. Overall, they are a team that plays very deep defensively and comes out quickly. It was a good test for us.

'We had four very hard sessions… we still managed to create many chances, but of course we were physically not as sharp as [they] were. They were aggressive. They made many fouls.'

Interestingly, Arsenal - who have been linked with a high-profile summer striker swoop - could come up against Gonzalo Higuain, a former target, who has since swapped Real Madrid for Serie A side Napoli as the two sides face off this weekend.

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