By Rob Kelly in Beijing

Arsène Wenger hopes his side have a “good battle” with Manchester City in Beijing on Friday.

Arsenal meet the Premier League champions at the Bird’s Nest stadium, looking to build on Tuesday’s 2-1 victory against a Malaysia XI.

Wenger was pleased with his side’s display in that game, but is still hoping for an increase in tempo against Roberto Mancini’s team.

“It is a big game,” he said. “The intensity will be high again and hopefully we can last an hour [playing at a high pace] - that is the target.

"We want to have a good battle with Manchester City. We played the young players in Malaysia, they will play again certainly - some a little part - on Friday night but for now, we are preparing for the season.

“The players who play in the Premier League will play on Friday night.”

Weather reports in Beijing suggest there will be torrential rain for the match, and Wenger hopes this does not dampen the enthusiasm of the fans at the Bird’s Nest stadium.

“I hope the weather will be good - I do not care too much about the players, but about the fans when they are in the stands,” he said.

“When it is raining, like it was in Hangzhou last year, you could feel that people suffered.

“It is an English game, in China, with passion. When Manchester City play Arsenal, there is always a lot of passion and we would like to share this passion with the supporters.

“Hopefully the pitch will be good, and the weather will be good for the fans.”

Manchester City have also embarked on a tour of the Far East, and attended a gala dinner with members of the Arsenal squad on Wednesday.

Wenger is expected to field a strong side against Mancini's men, but hopes to learn something more about his younger players as well.

“[The tour] is a good opportunity for me to see how they behave on a daily basis,” he said. “You can see how much they want to win in their attitude, how mentally they are prepared to win.

“Overall I can learn about their potential in these games - how they cope with the pace, the pressure. That is very interesting for me.”

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27 Jul 2012