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Why Arsenal’s pre-season will be the most draining of any team this summer

Date Posted,July 6, 2017

Premier League clubs will be racking up over 160,000 air miles as they go on their pre-season tours this summer.

Last season feels like it finished just two minutes ago, but already clubs are starting their pre-season preparations and getting ready to head out on lucrative tours.

Sydney, Shanghai, Washington, Los Angeles, Tanzania and Accrington – there’s barely a corner of the globe Premier League clubs won’t be visiting this summer.

Arsenal are travelling by far the most of all the top flight sides on tour.

Mesut Ozil is back in training at Arsenal (Image: Arsenal FC/Getty Images)

The Gunners will travel a jet lag inducing 21,202 miles between each of the grounds that they’ll play at before the start of the league season.

That’s been calculated as the distance as the crow flies between each ground in a loop starting and finishing at the Emirates. It doesn’t take into account travelling patterns so the actual distance could vary slightly.

Liverpool are travelling 9000 miles less than Arsenal this summer (Image: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger’s side have seven games lined up before the Premier League season starts, including two games in Sydney, one in Shanghai, one in Beijing, two at the Emirates and the Community Shield against Chelsea at Wembley.

Arsenal will also have an average of just four days between each of those games and will even play twice in two days in the Emirates Cup against Benfica on July 29 and Sevilla on July 30.

Manchester United have the next biggest tour at 18,622 miles.

Jose Mourinho will return from his summer holidays for a hectic pre-season with Manchester United (Image: ANDREJ ISAKOVICANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

United’s tour is mostly around the USA and will take in Los Angeles, Utah, Houston, Santa Clara and Washington. They’ll then jet off to Oslo before heading to Dublin and then Skopje for the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid.

Chelsea’s tour will see them travel a total of 14,617 miles as they play games in Beijing against Arsenal and in Singapore against Bayern Munich and Inter.

West Brom will travel 14,148 miles on their tour with trips to Austria, Hong Kong and Spain.

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea will be travelling the third most out of any Premier League team (Image: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Liverpool will travel 12,773 miles with trips to Hong Kong and Germany, while Man City will travel 12,154 miles with trips in America and Iceland.

Southampton only have one game booked in so far – away to Brentford.

That means the Saints have the shortest pre-season in terms of miles with just a 124 mile round trip to west London to look forward to.

Burnley’s is the next shortest at 616 miles. However, the Clarets are splitting their squad in two at one point and playing two games on the same day – away to Kidderminster and Alfreton. We’ve only included the Kidderminster match as a result.

Pep Guardiola will be forced to finish his round and rejoin Manchester City for pre-season (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

Club: Distance (miles)

Arsenal: 21,202

Manchester United: 18,622

Chelsea: 14,617

West Brom: 14,148

Liverpool: 12,773

Manchester City: 12,154

Leicester: 12,108

Crystal Palace: 11,993

Tottenham: 10,226

Everton: 9,863

Swansea: 7,941

West Ham: 3,118

Brighton: 2,890

Stoke: 2,628

Bournemouth: 2,228

Watford: 1,756 (Austrian venues not announced yet)

Huddersfield: 1,532

Newcastle: 1,522

Burnley: 616 (squad will split and play two games on the same day. Only the Kidderminster game has been included)

Southampton: 124

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