Gunners in German warm-up

David and Dennis
David & Dennis -
Given an extended break before the season starts.

ARSENAL visited Germany for a ten day pre-season training mission as they prepared for the beginning of the new season later this month.

Every member of the first team squad took part, excluding the Dutch and French members of the World Cup squads who have been given a rest period before they return for the Charity Shield against Manchester United on August 9.

The players set off for Germany, where they played two friendly games, the day after last Saturday's pre-season match at Luton, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Nicolas Anelka was the Gunners' goalscorer and we were only denied a comfortable victory by a last minute equaliser from Luton's French striker Herve Bactuet.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was not concerned by the lack of a victory though and said afterwards: "It was a good training game for us, we worked very hard, defended well and the result was a fair one. "These are the matches when you can gamble with younger players. "It was a good test for them, but at a club like Arsenal you're expected to win these sort of games - and that's where the pressure comes in. "I am satisfied with our pre-season training after two and a half weeks so far."

Arsenal rested World Cup stars David Seaman, Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, Marc Overmars and Dennis Bergkamp.

The starting line-up was: Manninger, Dixon, Bould, Grimandi, Winterburn, Hughes, Parlour, Boa Morte, Mendez, Wreh, Anelka.

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