Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has hailed the spirit within the camp this preseason.

The defender missed the majority of last year's pre-season campaign after representing Germany at the European Championships, but has been a regular fixture during this summer's off-season.

"I think we have a good team spirit and we've built it up, especially in Asia, where we were together for more than two weeks," he told the club's official website.

"If we stick together more in the first month, especially in the Champions League qualifier and the first games of the Premier League, we can continue our good run that we had [at the end] of last season."

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