Arsenal have officially announced the squad for the forthcoming Asian Tour.
The players leave on Sunday, ahead of their first game against a Malaysia XI on Wednesday, followed by a match against Chinese side Hangzhou Greentown on Saturday.
The full squad is:
Wojciech Szczesny – Vito Mannone – Sebastien Squillaci – Johan Djourou – Kieran Gibbs – Carl Jenkinson – Laurent Koscielny – Andrey Arshavin – Marouane Chamakh – Ryo Miyaichi – Armand Traore – Thomas Vermaelen – Bacary Sagna – Theo Walcott – Alex Song – Jack Wilshere – Tomas Rosicky – Denilson – Aaron Ramsey – Emmanuel Frimpong – Samir Nasri – Carlos Vela – Robin van Persie
Notable absentees include captain Cesc Fabregas, ruled out with a ‘muscular problem’, the injured duo of Diaby and Eboue, Lukasz Fabianski, Nicklas Bendtner and Manuel Almunia. The omission of Bendtner and Almunia, in particular, might suggest ongoing interest from other clubs. Benfica have been linked with Bendtner over the last week while Almunia is reportedly interesting clubs in Spain and Turkey.
The tour will also give Gunners fans a first look at new signing Carl Jenkinson and provide a chance for highly rated Japanese youngster Ryo Miyachi to impress. However, his participation next season depends more on the issuing of a work permit than his pre-season performances.