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The morning after arriving in America for our pre-season tour, the players were straight out to work in the Baltimore sunshine.

The whole squad were involved in Thursday’s training session, and Mohamed Elneny said they have been energized by the change of location.

“Everyone is excited for pre-season in America,” he said. “We are here for 10 or 11 days and we are going to give everything every day to be stronger. It’s been really good so far.

“Sometimes it’s good to change the location, be away from the training ground, and get to know each other better. We have met a few fans, signed some autographs, and the weather is different too.

“I think that’s good for us though, it makes us work harder, makes us stronger. When you train when it’s humid and really hot it’s tougher. It’s hard work but it’s better for us.”

Our preparations will step up a notch when we take on Everton on Saturday night, before flying to Orlando for two more games in Florida.

Fresh from his screamer against Nurnberg in our latest friendly, Elneny is looking forward to getting back into action in front of the supporters.

“We are going to play three good opponents, and it’s going to be a really good test for us – a good training exercise. Pre-season is always like that, the most important thing is how we put what we have worked on in training out in the games too.

“I’m looking forward to the games, to learn from what we’ve worked on. And hopefully more goals from me!”

Tickets for our game against Everton are still available, or you can stream the action live on Arsenal.com and official site – more info.

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