Carl Jenkinson says the incredible reaction the Arsenal squad has received in Asia has given them a huge lift ahead of the new season.

The Gunners have been overwhelmed by the passionate support they have been greeted by in Indonesia, Vietnam and now Nagoya.

The fans out here have really given us a lift. It's a boost that you need during pre-season so we're very grateful for that

The players are also working hard to build up their fitness levels, and Jenkinson the supporters have played a key role in keeping them motivated.

“Everyone is having a great time - I think part of that is down to the fans,” the defender told Arsenal Player.

“They give you a massive lift all the time. It's difficult in pre-season - there's a lot of hard work and a lot of running and it can be tough.

“The fans out here have really given us a lift. It's a boost that you need during pre-season so we're very grateful for that.

“The support and passion the fans have - it's miles better than playing a [pre-season friendly] in England in front of 5,000 people.

“It's completely different. It feels like a cup final when you're playing out there and you have an atmosphere like that. For that to be a game in pre-season is fantastic and we've all thoroughly enjoyed it.”

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