Arsenal club guide on fittest player - Not Walcott, not Ramsey

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The official Arsenal club guide said who was the fittest player at the club - it wasn't one of the speedy England wingers or Aaron Ramsey.

In an interview with a supporter, which later appeared on talkSPORT, the official Arsenal club guide gave a insight to what life is really like at the Gunners' training ground week in, week out.

Tim, the club guide, was happy to answer all kinds of questions and even gave a little background knowledge to some of the banter that goes on behind closed doors.

During the tour of the gymnasium the supporter took the chance to ask the guide some questions on the current side's fitness and training regimes. Here is what the guide said:

Strongest:

'Probably Podolski, he can lift the most,' said Tim.

'The players aren't supposed to lift too much in the run up to a match, but some of them have strange traditions'

'Gallas used to deliberately lift the heaviest weight he could find the day before a match. It'd tire him out, but he'd feel mentally prepared and strong, so Arsene never used to stop him'

'Parlour was definitely our strongest ever, though. He used to lie on his back with a 5kg medicine ball and slam it off the ceiling. Not just touch it. Slam it. Ten times in a row. Nobody else can touch it.'

Works out the most?:

'Arteta. And Wilshere. He's in here a lot.'

And who's the fittest?:

'Probably Jenkinson. He can run all day long.'

On first thought, the right back may seem like a bizarre choice, especially considering the likes of Ramsey, Wilshere and Walcott. However, the energy behind Jenkinson's game is undeniable and it's plain the see the Harlow-born defender is a hard-worker.

It's certainly easy to see why Arsenal took a chance on the youngster and his energy is a main part of that. Still, it's an almighty complement to be outed as the fittest player at the club with so many elite footballers around him.

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