'I know they have kangaroos there!'

As well as presenting an opportunity to build fitness and meet fans around the world, our pre-season tours offer the squad a chance to experience new cultures and explore new countries.

But by his own admission, Nacho Monreal is far from clued up on Australia ahead of next month’s trip to Sydney.

"I know there are kangaroos there!" Nacho told Arsenal Player. "I’ve never been to Australia, obviously I know some things about it but it is one thing to hear something and another thing to go there and see it for yourself.

"I’m very happy to go there. I want to enjoy it obviously - to play football - but also to share it with our fans because as everyone knows, Australia is very far from London. It’s going to be a really good experience for us and I hope everybody can enjoy with us.

"It’s a good moment for us because we go to play football, to train, to build good fitness and be ready for the season. And also because we can share, we can be with our fans because Arsenal is a big club."

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