Hector Bellerin says that the team are training with greater intensity, following the arrival of Unai Emery as head coach, in order to get them ready for the kind of football the Spaniard wants them to play.
We all know at this point that we’re going to be a team which presses more often than we have in the past, and that requires both fitness and organisation.
It has upped the workload for the players, but the full-back – who this week reasserted his commitment to the club – sounds enthused by it all.
“So many things have changed at the training ground,” he said.
“Starting from the coaching, from the schedule, everything. Every coach has their own way of doing things and for us it’s changed a lot.
We are working harder than we used to work, we’re doing a lot of work in the gym. That obviously we always used to do but I think it’s turned up a notch.
“He is a coach that wants us to press, to run around a lot during the games so obviously if we want to be ready to do that in the league we have do it in training – and that’s one of the things that has impacted most on the players.”
The Gunners travel to Ireland this week to play Chelsea in Dublin, before our final game of pre-season on Saturday against Lazio in Stockholm.