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As captain Robin van Persie looks likely to leave the Gunners, the Frenchman has stated his belief that the club's pre-season tour of Asia will boost morale among the squad

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the club's pre-season tour of Asia will boost team spirit as the club braces itself for the potential departure of captain Robin van Persie.

The Gunners have travelled to Kuala Lumpar to face a Malaysia XI, and they will then move on to Hong Kong and China for further fixtures against Manchester City and Kitchee SC.

Goal.com revealed earlier this week that Van Persie had refused to travel with the squad as he looks to force a move to the Premier League champions, but the 62-year-old maintained that the squad were in good spirits.

Wenger told reporters: "It is an opportunity as well that people may not realise because we travel as a group of people from the club, [and we can] be together with people on the tour that we do not [have the opportunity to spend time with] during the season.

"The players will realise that this is a real organisation, because usually when the season starts we live in a bubble and just focus on the next game.

"So it creates a solidarity inside the club and the team, because we stay together and it is [usually] difficult in modern life to spend a lot of time together."

The Frenchman also spoke of the team’s aims for their tour to Asia, and he reserved special praise for those Arsenal fans who live in the Far East.
 
He added: "We are here firstly to share with you the way we see and play football.

"Secondly to prepare for a season that we hope will be very successful and thirdly to test the Malaysian XI, who promise us a hard time.

"Last year we discovered that we have many more fans in Asia than you can imagine. Not only do we have many fans, but they are also well-informed about our club and share the values of our club."

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