By Giuseppe Muro

Arsenal’s training camp in Germany will end “phase one” of their pre-season preparations, according to Arsène Wenger.

The manager takes a strong squad to Cologne on Friday as they crank up the intensity of their training programme with the new campaign edging ever closer.

Arsenal face FC Cologne on Saturday and Wenger says his players will get a maximum of 45 minutes against the Bundesliga side. When Arsenal return to London, training will intensify ahead of the Emirates Cup and the Eusebio Cup.

“For me, it is the end of phase one of pre-season,” Wenger told

“It is the end of phase one because we will work on fitness a lot in Germany and after that we will go to phase two with the Emirates Cup.

“They are a good side with some valuable players, like [Lukas] Podolski who plays for Germany. There is always a good atmosphere in Cologne, they have a big stadium and it is a big football club.”

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22 Jul 2011