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Arsenal Asian Tour Team Hit With Food Poisoning - Arsene Wenger

Arsenal Asian Tour Team Hit With Food Poisoning - Arsene Wenger
19/07/2017


Arsenal Boss Arsene Wenger has reported a case of food Poisoning which has ravaged his tour team in Asia and has also complained the bad climate conditions affecting his players.

Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud had missed their victory against German champions Bayern Munich on Wednesday due to illness and substitutes substitutes Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey also didn't finish the game fit and okay.

Arsene Wenger said: "It is a good question. Unfortunately sometimes I give bad answers to good questions. But if you ask me if it is ideal physically to prepare, I say certainly not.


"Does it have other advantages? Yes, because we can meet fans all over the world. The bonding in the team is easier as well because we live together for two weeks. So on that front it can be very positive. But the real answer will be given by the way we start in the championship."

Arsenal finished off the German champions through penalty shoot out after Alex iwobi equalized their one goal deficit before full time. Arsene Wenger also praised his team for the victory and how they handled the difficult conditions.

"It was a bit of a shock for us to come from Australia where we were freezing," he said. "When we came out of the plane in Shanghai I must say it was a bit of a shock. And we had decided to work very hard Monday and Tuesday so I was a bit scared that tonight we could have big problems.

"In fact in the first half we suffered a little bit but then in the second half we became physically sharper, and maybe Bayern dropped a bit as well. It was an interesting game for us because we had to dig deep and I think we'll benefit from it in the coming weeks."

Arsenal will take there own form of relieve for the 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich but the Arsenal Boss rejected the notion that it would erase memories of the Champions League drubbings against the Germans.

"These kinds of games don't wipe out what happened last season, we'll always remember that," he said. "It's different but it's still good to win against a team like Bayern because it can help a little bit the confidence... It helps us to think, let's push on with the last two weeks of our preparations. So on that front, mentally it's good."

Steve Boulder who played for Arsenal in the past and had been with Arsene Wenger since 2012 was diagnosed with hernia so couldn't make the trip from Australia and on that he said

"Steve Bould has a hernia. He had to do it [the operation] in Australia, he couldn't travel," Wenger said. "It all went well, but he couldn't go on. He suffered too much, he had to do it in Australia. He will go home on Saturday from Australia. But he's OK, I had him on the phone last night and he's good."
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