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Arsenal Name Official 24-Man Squad For Pre-Season Tour Of Far East

By on July 11, 2013

Arsenal have announced a 24-man squad that will fly out to Jakarta for the first leg of our pre-season tour of the Far East today.

The main absentee, as we reported on Tuesday, is captain Thomas Vermaelen who has been forced to miss the tour after picking up a back injury while away on international duty with Belgium last month. The defender will now stay back in London to receive treatment and is a doubt to be fit in time for the start of the season.

The other exclusion which has raised a few eyebrows is Gervinho, who’s been left out because of ‘sickness’ amid rumours he’s in talks with Roma about a switch to Italy this summer. I think it’s fair to assume Gervinho could be off after being left out of the pre-season tour. ‘Sickness’ is usually a short-term thing so there is no need for him to miss a two week tour because of it, so if we read between the lines he’s stayed behind to sort out his future.

The club also confirmed on the official website that Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal have been given permission to sit out the tour after being given more time off following their exploits with Spain at the Confederations Cup, while new signing Yaya Sanogo is still with France at the Under-20 World Cup.

Several youngsters have been given the chance to impress with Chuba Akpom, Serge Gnabry, Kris Olsson and Gedion Zelalem all on the plane and on their way to Asia with the first team, which is due to play pre-season games in Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan.

Here’s the 24-man squad:

Mikel Arteta
Lukasz Fabianski
Kieran Gibbs
Olivier Giroud
Carl Jenkinson
Laurent Koscielny
Per Mertesacker
Ignasi Miquel
Ryo
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Lukas Podolski
Aaron Ramsey
Tomas Rosicky
Bacary Sagna
Wojciech Szczesny
Theo Walcott
Jack Wilshere
Serge Gnabry
Damian Martinez
Kris Olsson
Chuba Akpom
Thomas Eisfeld
Chuks Aneke
Gedion Zelalem

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17 Comments

  1. joseph maurice

    July 11, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I think Arsene wenger is hesitating in the transfer market, if he is ready to sign any player, go for it ant stop putting the minds of the fans(Arsenal) in tension.

  2. Mr. Inviscible

    July 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Le forehead aint. It’s we the fans and the club that is sick and tired of his stupidy and disappointments. He is a big waste of investment.

  3. TAJ AZIZ

    July 11, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    No signing is a reminder of 8 2 thrashing by manu.may be when we loose the first game with villa he willdo the pain nic buy again

  4. Mr. Inviscible

    July 11, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Le forehead aint sick. It’s we the fans and the club that is sick and tired of his stupidy and disappointments. He is a big waste of investment.

  5. Ibrahim Oloje

    July 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    WENGER MUST B INSANE AND STUPID COACH FOR HIS UNABLE TO SIGN ANY POTENTIAL PLAYER UP TILL NOW.G WL REMAIN GUNNER FANS TILL I DIE.UP GUNNER!

    • Jedson

      July 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Ur really unreasonable to have said that.

  6. Ephrem Ashenafi

    July 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Now I am happier than the other days cause i see one ethiopian in the asian tour squad/gedion zelalem/ on my number one favorite club in the world.

  7. Joseph

    July 11, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Wenger cant give me headache anymore. Whatever he like he should do. I will watch arsenal matches with pleasure…

  8. jo jo

    July 11, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I love the club bt I hate the management all of dem gunners for life

  9. tosine

    July 11, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Am tired of all dis report let him sign players and stop putting we fans on tension

  10. Joel

    July 11, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    We are tire of rumour

  11. SCIENTO

    July 11, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    THE GUNNERS! WHY ARE WE BOTHERING OURSELVES, WE SHOULD BE USED TO WENGER SYSTEM. HE HAS NOTHING TO SHOW MORE THAN FOURTH POSITION EVERY SEASON WHETHER HE BUY PLAYERS OR NOT. FORGET ABOUT THAT MAN JUST REMAIN A GUNNER. NOTHING GOES FOREVER.

  12. lekan

    July 11, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Pls wenger sign us players we don’t wats rumour again gunners 4 life

  13. kizy

    July 11, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    wenger ve lost it let’s pray PSG signs him next summer

  14. mr arsenal

    July 11, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    i think mr wenger should buy us michu n benteke 4 20m n G.clement n Maxime.G 4 30m, M.ginter n Ashley .w, Maloney 4 20m n we r lion 4 every other Epl team

  15. josemond

    July 13, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Arsene wenger is a good manager no doubt, but he’s very sluggish In d transfer market. Hopefuly, he will not endup disappointin d fans

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