Jack Wilshere says Arsenal’s young stars will have learnt a lot from touring with the first team this summer.
The likes of Chuba Akpom, Kris Olsson, Gedion Zelalem, Serge Gnabry and Damian Martinez were all part of the travelling party for the first time.
They were joined by Thomas Eisfeld and Chuks Aneke, and Wilshere believes the youngsters will greatly benefit from what they experienced in the Far East.
"The performances have got better every game and the opposition have got harder every game so it's good preparation"
“I remember when I was their age,” he told Arsenal Player. "It's good to come away and get used to being around the first team and learning from the manager, who is good at bringing young players in and breaking them in slowly.
“They've done well and hopefully they can get in the Emirates Cup squad and really show the home crowd what they can do.”
Wilshere featured in three of Arsenal’s four games in Asia and the 21-year-old is pleased with how their pre-season preparations have taken shape.
“I felt better and better every game,” he added. “It's difficult with the conditions. You struggle to catch your breath.
“The performances have got better every game and the opposition have got harder every game so it's good preparation. We've got the Emirates Cup coming up now and then Man City [in Helsinki] and then the season starts so we're going to be flying.
“I'm probably 80 per cent fit. We've got a couple more tests and then we'll be ready.”
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