Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted, in the wake of his side’s narrow victory of a Malaysian XI team, that his team still have work to do in preparation for the new Premier League season, according to Sporting
Wenger saw his side come from behind thanks to goals from Thomas Eisfeld and Benik Afobe and after the game, he admitted his side would have to work on areas if they were to be ready for a potentially difficult friendly against Premier League winners Manchester City in Beijing on Friday.
Speaking to assembled journalists, the Frenchman said: “Overall we still have some tactical work to do and some physical work, but don’t forget that some players have only had two or three days training.”
Arsenal were missing several key players in the match against the Malaysia XI, including new signings Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, but the most notable absentee was captain Robin van Persie who failed to travel with the team on their pre-season tour of Asia.
The Gunners made significant changes at half-time as they went a goal behind including the introduction of youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Chamberlain impressed, and Wenger said: “”
The North London club now travel to China where they will entertain City, a potential suitor for their 28-year-old skipper who has refused to sign a new contract and spoke of his desire to move on from Arsenal.
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