Kris Olsson believes the advice he received from Arsenal’s first-team midfielders on the Asia tour will have long-term benefits for him.
The 18-year-old was one of a host of young players selected by Arsène Wenger to travel on the pre-season trip to Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan.
Olsson enjoyed his first visit abroad with the senior squad and was thankful for the help he was given by one player in particular.
You go away and you see the star players and how the fans scream their name. You want to hear your name being sung like that one dayKris Olsson
“Tomas Rosicky gives me a lot of advice in training and in matches as well,” Olsson told Arsenal.com. “It all helps - Arteta and Wilshere helped me too. They have played at the top level for a long time so they have experience I can learn from.
“The tour was a really good experience. It was different as it was the first time I have travelled with the first team. You go away and you see the star players and how the fans scream their name. You want to hear your name being sung like that one day.
“You see them in training every day. You see how they are off the pitch as well - they are professional and you know that they are good players as well."
Olsson feels going on tour has enhanced his self-belief but acknowledges that he may have to bide his time for another opportunity in the first team.
“I'll take it day by day and then see how close I am to the first team,” he added. “Maybe I'll go on loan but I might stay here to see how it goes and then perhaps go on loan in the winter.
“My confidence is higher on the pitch now. The other guys know that you've been with the first team so if you want the ball, you get it. As a midfielder, that helps you become a better player.”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 2 Aug 2013