Laurent Koscielny admits Arsenal’s 100 per cent record in the Far East has helped breed confidence ahead of the new season.
The Gunners arrived back in England on Saturday after finishing a highly successful Asia Tour with a 2-1 victory against Urawa Reds.
Pre-season is very important for the Premier League. It's a long season so we need to be fit - I think we did well
The result followed wins against an Indonesia Dream Team, Vietnam and Nagoya Grampus and Koscielny says optimism is rife ahead of the new campaign.
“We won all our games so that’s good for confidence,” the France international said. “We had a lot of training and all the players trained very well and gave themselves for the team.
“Pre-season is very important for the Premier League. It's a long season so we need to be fit - I think we did well.
“The wins give us some confidence, and it's good for the next games - the Emirates Cup, [the friendly] against Manchester City and the start of the season.”
Koscielny enjoyed every moment of the tour, and was pleased to have the chance to meet Gooners in a different part of the world.
“Everyone was happy with the atmosphere,” he said. “The fans are crazy. I didn't know they had a lot of fans here, so it was very good to see them.”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 29 Jul 2013