Arsenal boss believes Asia tour will help players

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes going on tour abroad for the pre-season helps the squad understand and learn different cultures, which is important in the world of football according to the Frenchman.

Arsenal are set to fly-out to the far east next month in order to fulfil a pre-season away in Vietnam, Indonesia and Japan, where they will play several games to build up their fitness levels ahead of the new season.

The Gunners have taken part in similar tours in past seasons and according to the manager Arsene Wenger, they help the side on so many levels, not just helping their fitness levels.

Arsenal have a strong support abroad especially in the Far East and every time they take part in pre-season in those parts, they always receive a healthy reception from thousands of fans and this year will be no difference.

Wenger believes the squad going out to the far east together will benefit them for the new season not just on the pitch, but off it as well, especially for the younger players.

“First of all, it's always nice to see that you are loved and famous all over the world,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “When you live in your bubble you don't always realise just how big Arsenal is.

“It's a good period for them and I believe that for a young boy to discover different cultures and different ways of thinking, having an exchange of experiences with other people who have a completely different culture, can only benefit them.

“Also on that front, to live together within a completely different environment for a couple of weeks will profit the team as well.”

The Gunners boss was also talking about the massive crowds they get when they travel to the far east and he believes it's a positive thing and he hopes that it will help develop the game in those areas.

“Support is the most important ingredient,” he said. “After that, you don't want to be flooded and overtaken by it.

“The best way to deal with it is to have good structures. There are so many people and a lot of emotions, but it's important not to be swayed when the [respective football federations] make decisions.

“That’s why the structures of the football clubs and the federations are very important, but the love for the game is absolutely there.”

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