By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger saw the fruits of Arsenal's training camp labours as his team rounded off their European tour with a satisfying win in Germany on Wednesday night.
Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas linked up brilliantly for the only goal of the game after just eight minutes. The Dutchman picked out his captain's run inside the box and then watched Fabregas apply the coolest of finishes to a fine move.
But it was manner of Arsenal's overall performance which pleased Wenger the most. The Frenchman has overseen nine days of intense work in Austria and the evidence was there for all to see - from the slickness of his team's passing in the first half to their tiredness in the closing stages.
"It was an interesting game with for me two different halves," said Wenger after the game.
"In the first half we showed good movement and cohesion. We showed good technical skill and always seemed to be in control.
"In the second half it was different. We were not mobile and we had heavy legs. We were not mobile because we had worked very hard during the camp. We had to hang on a little bit. It was a good challenge from Hannover and it was a good physical game for us."
Wednesday night marked the start of life without Kolo Toure after the Ivorian completed his transfer to Manchester City. But Thomas Vermaelen and William Gallas linked up well in the centre of defence and Wenger believes he has plenty of options elsewhere on the pitch.
"The position of the squad is very good," he said. "If you look at the players who did not play today there was Clichy, Rosicky and Diaby. Walcott and Gibbs have not played yet [in pre-season]. I believe the squad is strong."Copyright 2017 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