By Giuseppe Muro

Johan Djourou says the Club’s pre-season tour of Asia has brought the players closer together.

As well as playing their first two games of the summer, Arsenal’s stars got to experience a vast array of sights and sounds in the hustle and bustle of China and Malaysia. Signing sessions, meeting fans, open training sessions, experiencing local cultures, not to mention the odd bit of sight seeing - it was certainly an exciting time for the team, who fly to Germany for a training camp on Friday.

For Djourou and the rest of the squad, the long-distance trip was in stark contrast to the tranquil surroundings of Austria and the Swiss defender feels the change of scenery will have a positive effect on the pitch when the new season gets underway.

“It brought the players closer together and that is good,” he told Arsenal Player. “On the pitch, the players will be closer.

“The mood is great and you can see that with the players. It was massively different to Austria. For us, it was great to see something different.

“Austria is more settled and we know that we are going to the hotel, training and that is it. We did more in Asia with the team so it was great.”

The full interview with Johan is now available on Arsenal Player. He discusses: the tour of Asia, the mood in the camp, how the trip brought the squad closer together, who the best traveller in the squad is and who was king of video games on tour.

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22 Jul 2011