Theo Walcott has been extolling the virtues of Arsenal’s pre-season tours and says the current squad is the closest he has been part of.
The team’s first game gets underway at 11am today and fans will get the chance to see new signings Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette in action.
It also gives the players the opportunity to get to know each other on the pitch, as well as off it.
“It’s the closest we’ve ever been to be honest,” said Walcott. “You have players who come in and settle really, really quickly.
“I remember Mohamed [Elneny] coming in last year, not speaking too much English, but he got into it and his English is fantastic now. Nacho [Monreal] was the same when he came and he’s settled in really well. I think he’s English now!
“That’s what it’s about. The manager brings in players early before the tour, which is great because you need to bond with them and know what they’re like, on and off the pitch. It makes them feel at home.”