Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain “The first week is Hell”


Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in training working harder than ever to reach peak fitness in an attempt to help the Gunners take Chelsea’s title next season.

Speaking to Arsenal’s website the Oxe said: “It is horrible! The first week is hell. We’re on day two now and it’s hard work.

“It’s a lot of running, crying, sore muscles, painful massages – it’s horrible but this is my sixth pre-season including Southampton now and you get used to it.

“You know what you’re in for and I think that’s why you enjoy your holiday whilst you have the chance because once you come back here it’s not too much fun for the first three weeks until you get back into the season.”

Arsenal is preparing to travel to Singapore for their pre-season, which will include games with both Stoke City and Everton, and has the England international is raring to go.

He continued: “You have to push yourself hard to get back to Premier League standards and level of fitness.

“Playing Premier League teams like Everton or Stoke, whoever it may be, is obviously a good test for us and will get us back to where we need to be.”