Arsenal confident after tour success

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has revealed that the squad are feeling confident about the season ahead and believes winning all four games in the Far East has been a timely boost for all the players.

The Gunners enjoyed their pre-season tour of the Far East picking up four wins out of four against; Indonesia, Vietnam, Nagoya Grampus and Urawa Red Dragons, whilst scoring 19 goals in the process.

Confident performances by the likes of Olivier Giroud, Tomas Rosicky and several youngsters have been the main positives taken from the pre-season tour, but Koscielny believes getting the wins and the game-time under their belts is crucial for the season ahead.

“We won all our games so that’s good for confidence,” the France international said. “We had a lot of training and all the players trained very well and gave themselves for the team.

“Pre-season is very important for the Premier League. It's a long season so we need to be fit - I think we did well.

“The wins give us some confidence, and it's good for the next games - the Emirates Cup, [the friendly] against Manchester City and the start of the season.”

The French defender also revealed how much he enjoyed taking part in the tour and believes going abroad for pre-season is great for the club and gives them the chance to meet fans from all over the world.

“Everyone was happy with the atmosphere,” he said. “The fans are crazy. I didn't know they had a lot of fans here, so it was very good to see them.”

The Gunners, who returned to England on Saturday, will now prepare for their annual Emirates Cup, which takes place this weekend as they welcome Italian side Napoli, Turkish outfit Galatasaray and also FC Porto.

Arsenal will then end their pre-season with a game against Manchester City in Finland.


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