The Club's fans in China have been interacting with their Arsenal heroes in a series of webchats hosted at the training ground in London Colney.
Interest in Arsenal has been even higher in China since Arsène Wenger and his squad visited Hangzhou as part of their pre-season tour last summer. Indeed, up to a million supporters have been online at any one time to post their questions to the players through the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, Weibo.
China's most popular website, QQ.com, hosts the webchats and we'll publish extracts from them right here on Arsenal.com.
Alex, how confident are you of lifting a trophy in 2012?
AS: “I really hope we can win something, that would be very important to the team. It would be a very good thing if we can win something because we started very badly. To do it we need everyone to come back [from injury]. If that happens we will be stronger and we will fight to try to win something.”
Kieran, how impressed have you been with the summer signings?
KG “They have had to come in, not only to be part of the squad, but to be part of the team, and that shows how good they are as signings. It feels as if things are getting back to normal and we are becoming the team we should be. When you keep players in the team a long time, it is only natural they become used to the country and the league – they become used to it. If you keep a group together it can only help the Club."
Are you a similar player to Ashley Cole and Gael Clichy?
KG: “Gael and Ashley also used to play further up the pitch when they were younger. The manager changed us all into the left-back position so naturally we have that same style, which is quite attacking. We want to help the offence and the defence. I learned a lot from Gael when I was his understudy and I watched Ashley a lot because he is a world-class player. I also just want to play my own game to help the team."
Do you think you'll be fit for Euro 2012?
KG: “I try not to think too far ahead, I want to focus on getting back to full fitness. Hopefully if I have a good run of games until the end of the season then I may go, but I have been out for nearly three months now. So first I will focus on Arsenal and see what happens after that."
Thierry, how do you help the younger members of the squad?
TH: “I will say what I have to say at the time, that is the role of a team-mate. I hope the likes of Aaron [Ramsey] will do the same with me, if I am not doing my job properly hopefully he will tell me. I am no one to give big advice to people, but I know what it is like to win and lose important games and I will try to share that."
Aaron, how has your partnership with Song and Arteta developed?
AR: “It has definitely grown as the season has gone on, we’ve got a better understanding of each other and that is starting to show with the assists and the chances created. It is only going to get stronger as the season goes on."
Thierry, what do you think of Nicolas Anelka going to China?
TH: “It can only be good for Chinese football, and Anelka will discover something new. My former boss [from Monaco] Jean Tigana is there and I think they will enjoy it. It’s nice for the fans that guys that have made it in Europe will be over there."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 12 Jan 2012