Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal’s upcoming Asian tour will feature his ‘best possible squad’. Although very early in the pre-season, and at a stage when fitness is the primary concern, the Arsenal manager is also keen to ensure the club reaps the full benefits from the trip to the China and Malaysia.
Wenger has long been opposed to what were perceived as tiring long distance trips, prefering instead to focus on the Austrian training camp. However, financial necessities and a chance to make contact with Arsenal’s many fans in the region have played a part.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, Wenger said, “For a long time I resisted but more and more the Premier League becomes a world league. So it’s important that we develop our fan base as well, and develop the number of fans we have in Asia through the quality of our games”.
And with regard to the players he’ll have available he said, “I will take the best possible squad. We travel after the first week’s training, everybody will be back, so the whole squad will travel”.
It is thought a number of young players will also travel to give them experience with the first team as well as allowing the manager a larger group to pick from when the games against the Malaysia XI and Chinese Super League side Hangzhou Greentown take place.
A large range of bookmakers are offering incredibly long odds than Arsenal will have made a signing by then.