Pre-season is all about getting into shape in time for the new campaign. Sessions in the gym, light ball work, a couple of low intensity friendlies… dancing.
Away from the watchful eye of manager Arsene Wenger, some of Arsenal’s first-team stars are enjoying a far less gruelling preparation than their friends in the Far East.
Scroll down to see video footage of Arsenal’s first-team stars doing dance aerobics.
Summer signing Lukas Podolski has joined international team-mate Per Mertesacker, as well as Bacary Sagna, in a relationship-building trip to Nigeria. The new boy probably hopes all training sessions are as fun as this!
The players are in Lagos, honouring a commitment the club made despite a proposed fixture having to be canned over logistical concerns.
As well as meeting fans, Sagna, Podolski and Mertesacker took part in the ‘Malta Guinness Low Sugar Workout’ at Eko Hotel, strutting their stuff much to the amusement of those watching. Even the 6’7” German defender showed he had great feet for a big man.
While the toe-tapping trio threw some shapes, the rest of the Arsenal squad were preparing to make their way back to London following an indifferent run of results in Malaysia, China and Hong Kong.
The Gunners have just one more friendly in the diary – against Cologne next week – before the season starts against Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on August 18.