Arsenal heading to Dubai for winter break

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Arsenal have confirmed that the first team squad will spend four days in February training in Dubai as they take advantage of the Premier League’s first winter break.

The Gunners had to wait until they beat Bournemouth before announcing the plan as a potential FA Cup 4th round replay would have taken priority instead. Any concerns about security, initially raised following heightened tension in the Middle East, have since been allayed.

“As we prepare for several key fixtures, we are looking forward to a change of routine with some warm-weather training,” said Mikel Arteta. 

“Dubai is a fantastic place and the football facilities there are first class. It will do us good to experience a change of environment before we enter a crucial part of the season.”

It’s the second year in a row we will have visited Dubai. We travelled there last March when a fixture hiatus allowed us to organise a friendly against Al Nasr. On our return, our season pretty much fell off a cliff. Here’s hoping that doesn’t happen again.

On our return, we’ll face Newcastle at the Emirates and then the first-leg of our Olympiakos Europa League tie.

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C.B.
C.B.
24 days ago

Difficult to see the advantages of this. Best part of a day in the airport and on the plane there and back, apart from warm weather what do they get out of it?

Alex
Alex
24 days ago
Reply to  C.B.

A break, a change of environment, a chance to bond in a low pressure environment. Etc

C.B.
C.B.
24 days ago
Reply to  Alex

That’s fine, all good points, but why waste a good part of two days travelling, being in a different time zone when that’s possible far closer to home?

King 14enry
King 14enry
24 days ago
Reply to  C.B.

In what world do you think the Arsenal first team are flying economy and waiting in the airport lounge all day? It’s a 6.5 hour flight – they’ll be fine. They’re not made of sugar, you know..

C.B.
C.B.
24 days ago
Reply to  King 14enry

6.5 hours plus at least a couple of hours in total getting to the airport then to their accommodation. And a bit of waiting in the airport so let’s say 9 hours. And the same time wasted returning. Mostly sitting down. Why waste all that time, better they get treatment. Must be a more intelligent use of the time.

Crazy stuff.

J.D.
J.D.
23 days ago
Reply to  C.B.

It is crazy, I agree, but I imagine its all because of our partnership with Emirates

Wilsheres Middle Finger
Wilsheres Middle Finger
24 days ago
Reply to  King 14enry

To add to that, going by the look of Emirates first class, the flight over and back will be a holiday in its-self.

Anders Limpar
Anders Limpar
24 days ago
Reply to  King 14enry

The way they are dropping I’m beginning to think our CB’s might be a bit sugar based to be honest.

gooner
gooner
24 days ago
Reply to  C.B.

they will probably show more grit in both halves for the rest of the season

gary feeney
gary feeney
24 days ago

jesus i misread that article i thought arteta said “On our return, our season pretty much fell off a cliff. Here’s hoping that doesn’t happen again” thank’s be to god it was arseblog

Devlin
Devlin
24 days ago

It seemed like the more time Emery had to coach the players, the worser they became.

Boom Saka Laca
Boom Saka Laca
24 days ago

We should manage. Yes, last time our season fell off a cliff. But this time, we’re basically starting from the bottom of the cliff.

gooner
gooner
24 days ago
Reply to  Boom Saka Laca

watch out for quick sand

Ando
Ando
24 days ago

makes a change from Ozil going alone for a week

OdalGooner
OdalGooner
24 days ago

I’m sure we’ll sell more shirts than it costs to fly everyone there, and who cares about all the possible great PR that could come from taking a less CO2-unfriendly solution…

Colo
Colo
24 days ago

Showing the Emirates sponsorship some love. Can’t take the money and then go to Malaga. Next stop Rwanda for a cup of locally sourced coffee.

Duno
Duno
24 days ago
Reply to  Colo

This cracked me up real hard. 😂😂😂

Public Elneny
Public Elneny
24 days ago

I don’t understand how professional athletes do it

Long haul travelling is exhausting, increases chances of colds etc, prevents training or recovery on the days travelling there and back. It’s just awful for competitiveness. Let alone the total waste of emissions

Of course the Winter Break we finally get instead ends up being the Winter Marketing Exercise Window

Fuck off Fly Emirates and the human rights atrocities the government you so closely represent commit. Shameful sponsor

We have ‘class’? Bullshit.

Nosferatu
Nosferatu
24 days ago
Reply to  Public Elneny

I think some of those problems are mitigated to some extent by how they travel–much more comfortably than how most of us do.

As an American sports fan, though, whose favorite teams play on the west coast and travel a ton throughout the season, the amount of travel by Arsenal seems super light by comparison (except the odd Europa League jaunt to Ukraine and such). Imagine playing a physical hockey game, getting on a plane, and then playing again the following night. It really is nuts when you think about it.

Glenn Gomes
Glenn Gomes
24 days ago

I think they should’ve exercised restraint considering the Coronavirus outbreak…. Who knows, if the situation worsens I feel they’ll call it off

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi
24 days ago

We trust they are going to enjoy the break.

ForeverG
ForeverG
24 days ago

No!!!
Last year the team collapsed after spending time in the Middle East.