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Arsenal players turn up the heat as they train in scorching Shanghai ahead of testing Bayern Munich friendly

  • Arsenal play Bayern Munich in Shanghai as part of International Champions Cup
  • The Gunners trained in the Yuanshen Stadium ahead of Wednesday's fixture
  • Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny all trained with the team
  • Arsenal stars endured temperatures in the high 30s due to an ongoing heat wave

Shanghai may be experiencing a summer heatwave at the moment, but that did not stop Arsenal from continuing their pre-season preparations at the Yuanshen Stadium on Monday.

The Gunners have arrived in China following a short stay in Australia and are set to face European juggernauts Bayern Munch on Wednesday as part of the International Champions Cup.

And Arsene Wenger wasted no time in putting his players to the test as they took part in a training session in temperatures approaching 40 degrees Celsius before cooling off in specially adapted ice baths.

Theo Walcott cools off in a makeshift ice bath as Arsenal train in Shanghai's scorching heat

Theo Walcott cools off in a makeshift ice bath as Arsenal train in Shanghai's scorching heat

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck attempts to cool off during a training session in Shanghai

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck attempts to cool off during a training session in Shanghai

Alexandre Lacazette waits for his turn in the ice bath bin as Francis Coquelin cools off

Alexandre Lacazette waits for his turn in the ice bath bin as Francis Coquelin cools off

Aaron Ramsey keeps himself hydrated as Arsenal training continues at the Yuanshen Stadium

Aaron Ramsey keeps himself hydrated as Arsenal training continues at the Yuanshen Stadium

The Gunners trained in the distinctive ground ahead of their game against Bayern Munich

The Gunners trained in the distinctive ground ahead of their game against Bayern Munich

New signing Alexandre Lacazette was again strutting his stuff while star player Mesut Ozil also trained as speculation over his future with the club continues. The German is yet to sign a new contract and has just 11 months to run on his current deal.

They were joined by England internationals Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck, all of whom are likely to play a part against the Bundesliga champions.

New signing Lacazette shows off his skills as he trains with his new Arsenal team-mates

New signing Lacazette shows off his skills as he trains with his new Arsenal team-mates

Alex Iwobi looks for a pass as the Arsenal squad continue their pre-season preparations

Alex Iwobi looks for a pass as the Arsenal squad continue their pre-season preparations

Ramsey passes the ball in the scorching temperatures, which were approaching 40 degrees

Ramsey passes the ball in the scorching temperatures, which were approaching 40 degrees

Mesut Ozil takes a break from the sun and seeks out the shade in Shanghai

Mesut Ozil takes a break from the sun and seeks out the shade in Shanghai

Wednesday's fixture will take place in the 57,000-capacity Shanghai Stadium but anyone hoping to see their footballing heroes will themselves have to complete a feat of endurance with the forecast predicting the temperatures rise still further.

Hopefully, the likes of Walcott and Francis Coquelin will be able to take their wheelie bins to the match. The Arsenal stars were snapped using the bins as makeshift ice baths after training in an attempt to bring their body temperatures down.

There will be no relief from the heat after the tie against Bayern Munich either with another game against Premier League champions Chelsea set to follow soon after.

Arsenal will make the 800-mile journey to Beijing, which is also struggling with a heatwave, to play their London rivals in front of 80,000 spectators at the Bird's Nest Stadium on Saturday.

Manager Arsene Wenger watches his Arsenal players undertake a gruelling session

Manager Arsene Wenger watches his Arsenal players undertake a gruelling session

The Gunners will play Chelsea on Saturday following their match-up with Bayern Munich

The Gunners will play Chelsea on Saturday following their match-up with Bayern Munich

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