Arsenal winning but players ailing in China amid heatwave

Arsenal’s squad for the preseason tour has been ravaged by illness after making a rapid transition from the relative chill of Australia to the full heat of the Chinese summer.

Arsenal's Cohen Bramall celebrates with the trophy after their preseason International Champions Cup match against Bayern Munich at Shanghai Stadium in Shanghai, China, on July 19, 2017.

Arsenal’s squad for the preseason tour of the Asia-Pacific has been ravaged by illness after making a rapid transition from the relative chill of the Australian winter to the full heat of the Chinese summer this week.

The London club scored a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw before beating Bayern Munich on penalties in the opening match of their International Champions Cup campaign in Shanghai on Wednesday night, despite a string of players falling ill.

Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud were unable to take to the pitch, while Sead Kolasinac was forced to come off after vomiting on the pitch with Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey also feeling unwell.

Some media reports suggested the players were suffering from food poisoning, while manager Arsene Wenger ascribed the sickness to “a little virus”.

The Frenchman conceded that a trip from London to Australia, where Arsenal played two games in front of more than 160,000 fans, and then on to China was hardly the best way to get ready for the new season.

“It was a bit of a shock coming here from Australia, where we were freezing at times,” he told reporters. “If you ask me is it ideal physically to prepare, certainly not. But is does have other advantages because we can meet fans all over the world so that is a positive.

“The bonding in the team is easier as well because we live together for two weeks, so on that front it can be very positive. But the real answer will be given by the way we start in the Premier League.”

The travelling continues for the club this week with its next match a friendly against English champion Chelsea at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing on Friday.

Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain edged AS Roma 5-3 on penalties on Wednesday after they played to a 1-1 draw in an ICC match in Detroit, Michigan.

Brazil defender Marquinhos gave the Ligue 1 giant the lead in the 36th minute, but Roma responded with a strong second-half performance that saw Sadiq Umar equalize in the 60th.

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