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Wenger expects tour to benefit morale

12 June 2013 15:26

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal's pre-season tour of Asia will bring his squad closer together for the 2013-14 campaign.

Wenger's side will play friendly matches against Urawa Red Diamonds, an Indonesia XI, Vietnam and his former club Nagoya Grampus during their two-week trip.

The Frenchman expects the bond his players will forge during the tour to bring them closer together in the new season, helping them as they try to sustain a challenge for the Premier League title.

"To live together within a completely different environment for a couple of weeks will profit the team," Wenger told the club's official website.

"It's a good period for them and I believe for a young boy to discover different cultures and different ways of thinking, having an exchange of experiences with different people who have an entirely different culture, can only benefit them."

Exactly who takes part in the tour is yet to be decided, as some of Wenger's squad are involved in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil so may be afforded time to recover.

Therefore, he may use the opportunity to look at some of the younger players in the club.

Arsenal's fan base continues to grow in Asia and they are expected to play in front of full stadiums during their trip, and the 63-year-old hopes this will show how far reaching their support has become.

"It is always nice to see that you are loved and famous all over the world," he added.

"When you live in your bubble you don't always realise how big Arsenal is."

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