Lee Bowyer was pleased to get minutes into his players' legs at the Emirates Stadium today.
The Addicks played a training game against Arsenal and Bowyer, who played a different XI in each half, was happy his side came through injury-free.
He said: “It was a good workout. Obviously playing Arsenal, they are a proper side. It was a difficult workout and it was good fitness. Of course we were rusty, we were always going to be that but the lads worked hard and put all their effort in and we looked quite good fitness wise. It was a good test for us.
“Everyone came through unscathed which is important for me. They get the fitness and get some of the rustiness out but the most important thing is that we come out with no injuries and that we’re ready for Hull, I told them before the game ‘No stupid tackles, this is about fitness’.”
Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were both on the scoresheet as Arsenal won 6-0.
Bowyer said: “To be playing against those players. Some of them who have been playing Champions League for years, playing against a proper opposition, every single position they are really strong. Our players didn’t disgrace themselves, they worked hard and tried to do the right things, it will be good for them, a good learning curve.”
The Charlton Manager thanked Arsenal for their hosting of the game and said his team are very much focused on their first game back, likely to be against Hull City on June 20th.
He added: “I said to them before the game, the most important game is Hull. Arsenal are a week in front of us training wise, so the most important thing is getting ready for Hull the best we can. This will have done us the world of good moving on to that.”