Arsenal have arrived in Indonesia for their pre-season tour – and their first job was to praise the locals’ enthusiastic social media support for the them.
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis spoke of the huge numbers of Arsenal Facebook fans from Indonesia, while midfielder Jack Wilshere gave some anecdotal evidence from his own Twitter account.
Wilshere and Theo Walcott were both treated to the Indonesian equivalent of a Hawaiian lei, which they wore around their necks for the press conference.
Walcott said the squad were looking forward to repaying Arsene Wenger’s faith in them by challenging for the Premier League title.
He said: “This season we are looking forward to actually challenging for the title, that’s our main goal.
“You know, the manager has so much belief in us all, we need to repay that belief and show that desire that we had, especially last tag end of the season.
“We’ve got it in ourselves to do it, so I’m really looking forward to it.”