“Arsene Wenger says food poisoning has ravaged the Arsenal camp on their preseason tour to China, and admitted that the extensive travelling to different climates isn’t “ideal physically” for the players.”
Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud both missed Wednesday’s friendly victory over Bayern Munich because of illness, while Sead Kolasinac had to come off before the break and second-half substitutes Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey both finished the game not feeling well.
Wenger acknowledged that the “shock” of coming to sweltering Shanghai — where the temperature was 37 degrees at kickoff — from Australia’s winter climate may have affected the players’ health.
Asked if the long-haul flights to different time zones and weather conditions are worth it, 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 beat Bayern 3-2 in a penalty shootout after Alex Iwobi levelled the scores 1-1 with a last-gasp header for the Gunners at Shanghai Stadium, in a game that stood out mainly for the heat