‘We'll take Asia Trophy very seriously'

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal will take the Barclays Asia Trophy “very seriously”.

The Gunners flew out to the Far East on Sunday to take on a Singapore Select XI, before facing either Everton or Stoke City.

“A preparation that is not serious does not give you any hope,” Wenger said. “It’s a very serious preparation and we’ll take this Barclays Asia Trophy very seriously.

“The players compete for places in the team at this stage of the season as well, so [fans] can be absolutely reassured on that front that it is a serious competition.

“I feel it is closer to the start of the Premier League [this season compared to previous tours] and it is also different in the fact that we stay in one place and do not have to move. That is a massive difference because before we had trips where we spent three or four nights out of seven on a plane.

“When you get to your last game you are not completely in a good state to guarantee a performance and I believe it’s the best possible position for us to combine serious training and serious competition.”

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