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The guys are getting ready for the upcoming season.

The Daily Mail: “They have seldom had the strength to sustain a Premier League title challenge in recent seasons, so it’s little wonder Arsenal are muscling up for the campaign ahead.

Their players hit the gym for weights and circuit training on Wednesday as the Gunners continue their pre-season preparations in Australia.

With Sydney lashed by heavy rain, Arsenal’s latest session was held partly indoors with the squad completing a sequence of pull-ups, dips and dumbbell lifts.

Olivier Giroud, Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny, Alex Iwobi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles were among the players working out.

Before that, Arsene Wenger put his players through their paces on the pitch at the Kogarah Oval in the suburb of Carlton, the home of rugby league team St George Illawarra Dragons.

New signings Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac trained with their new team-mates for the second time on a visit to Australia that sees them play two friendlies.

The FA Cup winners play A-League sides Sydney FC on Thursday and Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday, before jetting off to China for the next phase of their pre-season.

Arsenal beat Chelsea at Wembley to win their third FA Cup in four seasons back in May, but a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Premier League saw them miss out on Champions League football for the first time in two decades.

But despite breaking the club’s transfer record to bring £52million France striker Lacazette from Lyon, Wenger remains firm in his belief that winning trophies isn’t everything.

Wenger, who signed a new two-year contract at the end of the season, said: ‘We want to win trophies but you cannot live inside a club thinking we want to win the next trophy and if you don’t win it then you have lost.

‘The club is something bigger than that and has a stronger basis than that. On a personal level, I want to win every game. When we lose a game I’m absolutely mad and sad, but it is part of being a coach.

‘I’ve stayed here for a long time because of the values I hold close to me,’ he said. ‘One is to win trophies but more importantly it is to know who we are, and what is important to us in the game.

‘It is that basis which wins football games and that’s what I will do until the end of my career.’

Lacazette, who has been handed the No 9 shirt, will make his debut Down Under and Arsenal also retain an interest in Monaco winger Thomas Lemar as Wenger tries to boost his squad.

Speaking for the first time on the tour, Wenger also warned Manchester City off Alexis Sanchez and vowed that Olivier Giroud will stay.

‘The pressure starts again at the first press conference,’ he said when asked about Sanchez. ‘We’ll see. It is a continuation of what I said at the end of the season. It is in his interests to do as well as he can.

‘Nobody knows today if he will be in the final year next season because he can extend the contract with us at the start or during the season, so it is not necessarily the last year of his contract.’

Wenger, who denied reports in Chile that Sanchez had told the Arsenal boss he wants to leave, was resolute. ‘The players have contracts and we expect them to respect them,’ he said.

Doubts have been raised over the future of fellow striker Giroud, with Everton, Marseille and AC Milan ready to swoop, but Wenger wants to keep the 30-year-old.

‘We extended his contract last year,’ he said. ‘Our resolution is clear. He’s been great value to the squad and he is a great lover of the club. He’s always been determined to stay.’

Arsenal have made two bids for Monaco winger Lemar and Wenger, who also confirmed an interest in £120m-rated Monaco teenager Kylian Mbappe, suggested a third was not far away.

‘There is nothing really concrete about any signings,’ he said. ‘Lemar is a player we follow.’