Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has explained on the club’s official website what he feels is different about the club’s pre-season this summer compared to last.
The Gunners have jetted off to Asia to play in the Barclays Asia Trophy, with their first game against a Singapore XI this Wednesday.
It’s a tour, which does involve travelling for the Gunners, but Wenger feels the squad have a chance to settle ahead of the return of the competitive domestic action next month.
“I feel it is closer to the start of the Premier League [this season compared to previous tours] and it is also different in the fact that we stay in one place and do not have to move,” Wenger told arsenal.com.
“That is a massive difference because before we had trips where we spent three or four nights out of seven on a plane.”
“When you get to your last game you are not completely in a good state to guarantee a performance and I believe it’s the best possible position for us.”
Fit but fresh
Pre-season is always a period, which is about balance for any club and Wenger needs to judge how hard to push his players in training against the need to let them rest and stay fresh.
The reduced travelling while away on the pre-season tour means Wenger can spend more time with his players on the training pitch and less time worried about fatigue accumulating when the Gunners should be ready to spring into the new season.
It also gives the players a chance of being consistent during the tour because there is less upheaval involved and consistent conditions rather than a changing environment.
That should help to breed things like momentum and confidence, which bodes well for the new season, giving the club a better chance of getting off to the right start.