Pre-season intrigue

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Pre-season intrigue

Posted on May 28, 2018 by Harry Kettle

While we may only just be approaching June, it won’t be long until Arsenal, alongside every other top-flight team, are back in pre-season training. By the time that happens, it’s a fair assumption to say that their squad will probably look a little bit different. Unai Emery is already starting to make his mark at the Emirates, and the exciting thing is that this is only the beginning of what will hopefully be a long and exhilarating journey.

As has been the case for a few years now, the Gunners will be taking their talents overseas for a series of lucrative pre-season games. In the past, making these kinds of trips just a few weeks before the domestic season starts is a move that has been criticised, given that they’ll have enough travel issues to deal with when they eventually begin their tenure in European competition.

It’s an interesting debate to have, especially when you learn that Arsenal will be travelling to Singapore at the end of July before heading off to Sweden around a week prior to the Premier League campaign getting underway. That’s a long old way to go, and we need to start having the discussion about whether or not these tours are worth it in the long run.

Fatigue is something that plays a significant role in any footballer’s career, and while they should be used to the idea of travelling like this, they’ll all be enduring their first experience at the club with Unai Emery in charge. The former PSG boss seems like a no-nonsense kind of manager, and we get the feeling that he wouldn’t be entirely opposed to putting them through their paces – even in a pre-season game.

Thankfully, Arsenal don’t have too many headline names heading off to the World Cup, which counteracts the argument for the ‘pro’ side of things. They’ll be able to get some game time, but it’s still interesting to consider whether or not it’d be more beneficial for them to play all of their games around Europe or perhaps all in England.

Do you like that Arsenal are heading to Singapore for pre-season?

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