By Rob Kelly in Kuala Lumpur
Arsène Wenger believes this summer’s tour to the Far East will help foster solidarity and add to the sense of togetherness within the Club.
Arsenal have arrived in Kuala Lumpur ahead of their match against a Malaysia XI side on Tuesday, and will then move on to Beijing and Hong Kong for further games, training sessions and events.
Aside from connecting with the Gunners' passionate supporters in Asia, Wenger believes the whole travelling party will benefit from spending time together.
“We are here firstly to share with you the way we see and play football,” he said. “Secondly to prepare for a season that we hope will be very successful and thirdly to test the Malaysian XI, who promise us a hard time.
"Last year we discovered that we have many more fans in Asia than you can imagine. Not only do we have many fans, but they are also well-informed about our club and share the values of our club.
“It is an opportunity as well that people may not realise because we travel as a group of people from the Club, [and we can] be together with people on the tour that we do not [have the opportunity to spend time with] during the season.
“The players will realise that this is a real organisation, because usually when the season starts we live in a bubble and just focus on the next game.
“So it creates a solidarity inside the Club and the team, because we stay together and it is [usually] difficult in modern life to spend a lot of time together.”
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