Arsenal name squad for Asia Tour


Arsenal have announced their squad for their forthcoming tour of Asia. Unsurprisingly, Robin Van Persie will not be travelling with the team to Asia as he looks to seek a transfer away from the club this summer. For those there, it is a mixture of youth and experience going. A lot of first teamers aren’t ready due to their Euro 2012 commitments earlier in the summer and the subsequent breaks that they took. Amongst those are Laurent Koscielny and new boy Olivier Giroud who were in the French squad at the tournament and also both Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker, who were with the German squad at the tournament.

Injury news: Bacary Sagna should be back from his injury at the end of August according to Arsene Wenger. Jack Wilshere’s return has yet to have a date set on it as he has been out of action for a year now. Tomas Rosicky was injured at Euro 2012 and will return to training in 6 to 8 weeks. Emmanuel Frimpong will be back somewhere around September or October time. Abou Diaby, Mikel Arteta and Lukasz Fabianski are all fit following injuries they picked up towards the end of last season and they will all be on tour in Asia.

Here is the 24-man squad for the tour:

Vito Mannone (GK)

Ignasi Miquel

Chuks Aneke

Thomas Eisfeld

Marouane Chamakh

Ryo Miyaichi

Craig Eastmond

Nico Yennaris

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Francis Coquelin

Kieran Gibbs

Alex Song

Lukasz Fabianski (GK)

Carl Jenkinson

Theo Walcott

Wojciech Szczesny (GK)

Johan Djourou

Benik Afobe

Thomas Vermaelen

Abou Diaby

Andre Santos

Gervinho

Mikel Arteta

Kyle Bartley


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