Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT what he feels is the key thing about the way Arsene Wenger goes about pre-season training with the Gunners.
Parlour has explained that improving the fitness of players is not the main priority for the Frenchman, who prefers his players to get a ball at their feet and to get their sense of touch back ahead of the return of the competitive action.
“Arsene Wenger, what he always had was a plan for pre-season to say we’ll have a block where it won’t be too hard and where it will be totally different to someone like George Graham – With Arsene Wenger, you see a ball straight away,” he told talkSPORT.
The theory in Wenger’s approach
The theory in Wenger’s approach is obvious and he’s trying to give his players some confidence and momentum back after the break from last season.
That’s particularly significant this summer because of the impressive way Arsenal finished the last campaign and the importance of them getting off to a good start once the competitive action returns next month.
Ultimately, Arsenal are a very slick football team at their best when they look one step ahead of their opposition in terms of comfort in possession and under pressure.
Fitness still important
Improving the basic fitness of players is still very important and the staff at Arsenal need to work hard to ensure that the squad doesn’t suffer a run of injuries at the start of the season.
Clubs can sometimes go into games with undercooked players, which risks things like general injury and fatigue.
It’s also important that Arsenal are very difficult to knock off the ball, with increased strength in their players, because one way that most teams will look to hurt the Gunners next season is physically.