Arsenal club medics deny Wenger food poisoning claims

Carla Harmon
July 21, 2017 reported that Arsenal defeated Bayern 3-2 on penalties after Alex Iwobi levelled the scores 1-1 with a last-gasp header for the Gunners at Shanghai Stadium.

"It was a great goal", Wenger told Arsenal official website.

Arsenal were hit by food poisoning that, coupled with the severe 36 deg C heat in China, ruled several key players out, including Olivier Giroud and captain Per Mertesacker.

"Giroud was sick and had to stay at the hotel".

Second-half substitutes Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey both finished the game not feeling well. I don't know what they ate'.

Cech did finally raise a smile as the Arsenal squad revelled in their win, though it is clear he is aiming much higher next season and will be hoping he can win the Premier League for a sixth time.

Wenger was asked if the ultra long flights to the other side of the world and having to adjust to excessive changes in time zone and weather is worth it for the preseason global friendlies.

Arsenal fans praised Cech after watching the footage on Twitter, with one writing: "We need this mentality".

The cup, awarded in the pre-season tournament, was won by the Gunners in their defeat of Bayern Munich on penalties. On that front it can be positive.

'I was a bit scared that tonight we could have big problems and in fact in the first half we suffered a bit, ' said the Frenchman.

"I don't think this kind of game wipes out what happened last season", said the Arsenal boss.

Arsenal will next face Chelsea in club friendlies on July 22 and will see the champions again for the Community Shield on August 6.

The match against Bayern represents a significant step-up in the difficulty of Aresenal's pre-season after routine victories against Sydney and the Western Sydney Wanderers on their tour of Australia.

There will be no Champions League for Arsenal this term and a gulf in class was evident.

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