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Arsenal goalkeeper Cech says Gunners are in good shape despite pre-season tour issues

Date Posted,July 19, 2017

Petr Cech insists Arsenal’s players are getting in good shape despite the problems on their pre-season tour.

They have faced sweltering temperatures in the late 30s and humidity in China on top of a sickness bug that has gone through the camp and struck down Olivier Giroud, Per Mertesacker and Sead Kolasanic.

Arsenal beat Bayern Munich on penalties in Shanghai and have now flown into the smog of Beijing ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Chelsea at the Bird’s Nest Stadium.

But Arsenal keeper Cech says the double sessions and tough work outs are important to get them in shape and they will be ready for the start of the season.

Cech with boss Arsene Wenger (Image: Lintao Zhang)
The keeper was replaced in the friendly against Bayern (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

Cech, who faces his former club Chelsea, said: “We need to find a way to keep hydrated and you need to rest as well. The more you go on tours, the more people know what to expect so we are ready for it.

“Everybody needs to find a way. We had very good facilities in Sydney, very positive facilities in China and it’s been what we need.

“The only thing we need to do is to find a way to keep the players cool and hydrated. But we’ve had a really good workload.

“We’ve still got a few weeks and many games to play but I think we are on a good way because you can see the players getting fitter and stronger.

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“We’ve done double sessions here, we keep training because the main purpose is to get fit and obviously the matches are a good test for us.

“In the games in Australia it was more about the offensive game and against Bayern we had to defend as well.

“The most important thing was to get the minutes under the belt and as well in these conditions it was very hot and humid and we had a really strong week of training, so it was good to get everybody playing and as well when you win the game it’s always more pleasant.

“It’s always good when you have done the hard work and you have a positive result.”

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