LONDON UK - The Rapids arrived in London on Monday morning for the second leg of their preseason preparations outside of Colorado after a long travel day. (Click here to watch - Arsenal TV).
On Sunday the squad boarded a bus at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park at 11 am MT and headed to Denver International Airport for the 2 pm flight. Following a minor delay leaving the Mile High City the group landed in Chicago for what was to be a 45 minute layover. The connecting flight was only a few terminals down at O’Hare Airport though the hold-up in Denver resulted in a very quick plane switch before the team was up in the air once again.
Touching down at London-Heathrow the entire party was through customs by around 9:30 am local time and were greeted at the airport by members of Arsenal TV who will be documenting much of the team's stay in London for an exclusive special.
Not too long after the team was on its way to the Arsenal Training Centre for a light jog and stretch - in freezing temperature and with bone-chilling wind cutting through the grounds.
As the Rapids got their first workout in of the week the group of Arsenal U16 and U18 players practiced on an adjacent pitch and the Arsenal first team had a brief walk-through session on their training field ahead of their Champions League match tomorrow against Porto.
After lunch at the grounds the team finally arrived at the hotel for the week. The team has the rest off and tomorrow will face the Arsenal FC Reserves before attending the Champion's League match later in the evening.