Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted that the players are ready to suffer in order to be successful as they ramp up their training regime ahead of the new season.

The Gunners are still yet to win a trophy since their 2005 FA Cup success after they beat Manchester United on a penalty shoot-out which saw Patrick Vieira lift up the silverware, but since then, the only trophy Arsenal have picked up is the Emirates Cup.

Arsene Wenger and his men are currently taking part in their pre-season tour of the Far East and after stopping off in Indonesia and Vietnam, they are now in Japan.

Arsenal have scored 14 goals in two games so far and the players are now doing double training sessions in order to raise their fitness levels ahead of the new Premier League campaign, which starts in under a month.

Oxlade-Chamberlain believes playing in hot conditions and doing double the amount of training will help them when the new season gets underway.

"It's always hard coming back for pre-season, especially when you're in hot countries with really high humidity," he told Arsenal Player.

"It's something that you're not used to and it can make you feel a bit sluggish and lethargic because it's harder to get your breath out here. But I think the longer we stay out here, the fitter we'll get.

"I do feel stronger from the first game which was in Jakarta. We've got two more games now in Japan and that will only bode well for when we go back to England where it's not as humid and as hot. It should stand us in good stead for when we get home.

"He [Arsène Wenger] says in the meetings that it's interesting to see when we're suffering because of the heat, how we can still keep focused mentally and tactically and keep doing our jobs even when we're really tired.

"That's always something that you come up against during the season when you're playing tough games and you're feeling tired towards the end of the game. You can't let your concentration slip. Pre-season is all about preparation and that's all part and parcel of it so it's really good for us."

Chamberlain has been lively in both friendlies so far and he was also on the scoresheet against Vietnam after his lovely, curling striker nestled in the top corner.

"It just came back to me from Theo [Walcott] and I just thought to hit the target and that corner of the goal. Luckily it went right in the top corner.

"I've tried that one about a million times over the last 10 years and probably only scored about two so it was nice to see that one go in! They say just keep shooting and hopefully it will go in and luckily enough it did.

"I think there were some other really good goals, especially Olivier's hat-trick. I think that was really good and shows that he's on frightening form, as we saw in the first game. That's really good for us."


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