Wenger - Tour helps squad on many levels

Arsène Wenger
Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger believes going on tour and experiencing different cultures this summer will help his squad on several different levels.

Arsenal fly out to the Far East next month to play games in Vietnam, Indonesia and Japan as part of their pre-season preparations.

Aside from the footballing aspects of the trip, Wenger says his players will see a range of benefits from going on tour.

"When you live in your bubble you don't always realise just how big Arsenal is"

“First of all, it's always nice to see that you are loved and famous all over the world,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “When you live in your bubble you don't always realise just how big Arsenal is.

“It's a good period for them and I believe that for a young boy to discover different cultures and different ways of thinking, having an exchange of experiences with other people who have a completely different culture, can only benefit them.

“Also on that front, to live together within a completely different environment for a couple of weeks will profit the team as well.”

Arsenal will play in front of huge crowds this summer, and Wenger hopes each country can harness that love of football to help grow the game.

“Support is the most important ingredient,” he said. “After that, you don't want to be flooded and overtaken by it.

“The best way to deal with it is to have good structures. There are so many people and a lot of emotions, but it's important not to be swayed when the [respective football federations] make decisions.

“That’s why the structures of the football clubs and the federations are very important, but the love for the game is absolutely there.”

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