Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been encouraged by the side's pre-season friendly performances and insists that it bodes well for the upcoming season.

The Gunners have had a fruitful 2013 so far after ending last year's campaign in superb form, which saw them win nine games out of their final 11, and they are now impressing in their Far East pre-season tour.

In their first friendly, Arsenal thrashed an Indonesia XI 7-0 and then followed up that result with a 7-1 victory over a Vietnam XI.

Arsene Wenger's men are now in Japan where they will play their third pre-season and Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey believes the perfomances are setting them up for a successful campaign next year.

The midfielder admits that The Gunners will face bigger and tougher challenges in the Premier League season, but he believes it's a positive to warm-up in a positive fashion.

“Even though it's pre-season, we still had to win our games and we've done that - and we've scored seven in both,” he told Arsenal Player. “That's encouraging and hopefully we can carry on getting the workouts we need and also get the result.

“I think we have a very good team spirit now. Everyone understands each other and gets on with each other. There are no rifts between anybody so it's good. This is encouraging for the new season.

“We've had two games where we've won quite comfortably. Even though it is about getting the workout, it will be harder against these Japanese teams and even more of a workout. That will benefit us even more.”


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