The biggest positive Arsenal can take from pre-season so far doesn’t have anything to do with the football.
Arsenal have been fantastic in pre-season so far, winning every match they have played scoring 19 goals in four matches and conceding just three, before the side has got anywhere near a major signing.
However, the biggest positive can be seen away from the football pitch with the antics of various squad members having a laugh and generally improving the sense of team spirit around the club.
A good team spirit and a strong sense of togetherness are vital factors for any top side looking to win silverware.
They help to take the edge off of the pressure, creating a lighter atmosphere and enabling top professionals to be able to enjoy life as the Gunners go about trying to win that trophy which has eluded them since 2005.
Lukas Podolski seems to be the centre of most of the antics, creating chaos in the best possible way wherever he goes.
Firstly, we saw the German taking on his fellow countryman in a Samurai warrior battle, surrounded by teammates trying to keep a straight face, followed up by his Alan Partridge-esque he ‘aha’ craze.
Everyone seems to have a smile on their face and there are no divisions with the Arsenal squad, both positives which means all the players and Arsene Wenger have to focus on is the football.
What the team spirit also guarantees is that Arsenal’s players are going to stick up for each other over the new campaign.
When the Gunners click, they still produce some of the best football in England which makes key players targets for sides that will use less than conventional and more physical tactics in order to level the playing field.
Arsenal don’t have the biggest midfield or attack, with the exception of Olivier Giroud, which makes the idea of unity and collective power more important against those sides who will look to try and bully them.
Things are only going to get better for Arsenal as they add key players to the squad before the start of the season.
There seems to be a drive and a real positive mentality behind the club at the moment, which has created a strong sense of optimism. Arsene Wenger hasn’t gone anywhere and the club has the cash to sign who they like so write Arsenal off at your peril.
Is it good to have some banter and antics within the squad? Do you expect Arsenal to win anything next season?
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