Asian tour squad announced

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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.

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George Blazenby

Wtf where is Kyle Bartley?! He had a fantastic season, deserves a call up more than anyone. It’s not like we’re overloaded with commanding centre backs either.

bergko
bergko

Yeah..I was hoping to see how bartley will fair.
Should have took the punt and drop the “oldest more experienced” center back and give him a shot to find out if we do indeed need a center back!

argonaut
argonaut

It also tells us that there has been next to no interest in Denilson.

Steve Montgomery

I’m surprised that Fabianski isn’t on the list. And no Mick Bednar, the greatest striker that ever lived?

ronnie
ronnie

bednar was a surprise. full 6″3 of danish delight. i think arsene is taking it easy doesnt want the asian opponents to get intidimated by the self claimed greatest striker in the world who may join dortsmund…

Peter Gasston

Very surprised Lansbury’s not there.

ronnie
ronnie

the season has yet to start and already arsenal have 2 injuries. But i am not surprised that arsenal chose his best squad. maybe its an indication from AW to show that this isnt entirely a money making tour and that arsenal will play to full strengths. Or that he wants to see how the team fare against their asian opponents or try some new tactics in friendlies with the strongest squad. but thats just me

John Friend

Lansbury not there due to extended holiday following England U21 duty

Ernie
Ernie

Are the games being shown on tv / arsenal tv?

Elly
Elly

We’re going to have to pay someone to take Denilson off our hands, aren’t we? 🙁

Ayodeji Legunsen

..with the 1st match of the season just 5 saturdays away…I bet the most reasonable thing to do is to start gettin the full squad playing 2er…#waitingeagerlyforEPL2011/12

gogo
gogo

Why is Diaby still an Arsenal player is beyond me. He seems to be constantly injured. The pre-season hasn’t started yet and he is already out. I hope the reason he was left out is a transfer but I might be too optimistic.

bergko
bergko

I’ll rather take Diaby than Denilson who is totally ineffective. Diaby still can produce moments! Hahaha double DD is a deadly combination for any time…

beemew
beemew

The accompanying article states that the imminent signing of Gervinho hasn’t been completed in time for him to be included – first ‘official’ announcement?

Niels Stampe
Niels Stampe

Lansbury still on vacation after U21 WC. That’s why.

Azim
Azim

Ive been waiting my while life to finally witness arsenal live, and to find out the skipper isnt coming. GUTTED. oh well, at least rvp is there. hopefully the players will get fit and wont get crocked, gotta admit the pitch here is pretty bad. coyg. – a gunner all the way from malaysia

TG
TG

While people are complaining on injury-pursued diaby and gibbs, no one seems to comment on the constantly injured FABREGAS. If his injuries and hamstring problems keep on, it might not be the worst thing to sell him this summer.

frankie
frankie

word! though i really think he´s a great player his injuries hamper the team for a long period now. also arsenalshould take a look at all the other injury-prone players, i can live better with battling youngsters than with superstars on the treatment table

Ayodeji Legunsen

Arsenal
Arsene says he’s doing all he can to keep Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri at Arsenal. Which player do you think is more important to the squad?
‎..Cesc is more important but his tots are wit Barca n his injury proneness has increased..best time to let him go I gues…Nasri can go for £23m..he’s not too hard to replace..

bergko
bergko

I hope Frimpong is given priority ahead of denilson and show him what it takes to play for arsenal…

AaronsArsenal
AaronsArsenal

The games are also being showed as replays on ESPN about 6:15pm.

J-man
J-man

Where’s Miquel?

john
john

Cesc on twitter “i’m sorry to all the fans that i am not on the tour I will make it up to you” could it be that Cesc is staying with us ??

AR
AR

Someone quickly check to see if Barcelona are going on an Asian tour later? 🙂 He seemed to be saying sorry to the Asian fans…oh well at least his twitter account is more active than whoever runs the official website!

Gooner-Dan
Gooner-Dan

To anyone familiar with Miyaichi – is he really good enough to challenge for a first team place yet?

Ali
Ali

yes indeed, he is good enough for a first team place, but needs some experience.

SFGooner
SFGooner

From what I’ve seen of Miyaichi he would be a squad player at best in my opinion. We would be better off sending him back to Feynoord for another season to get more experience playing regularly. I’m quite surprised Bartley isn’t getting a chance. Hopefully he doesn’t leave for Rangers permanently before he gets his chance at Arsenal.

AaronsArsenal
AaronsArsenal

Feynoord said one of their youngsters missed out because Miyaichi was with them last season so didn’t know if they wanted him back again this season.

medfly70

Aaaargh who be this impostor with my name. Mark is that you? There can be only one, or two. Maybe three.

Lavish Arora
Lavish Arora

Eboue not included saw him back there at the training ground.

Midfield Corporal
Midfield Corporal

Surely Bartley would be a better bet as 4th/5th choice CB than Squillaci

ken

Vermaelen? Is he that new signing Wegner’s been drooling over?

Oh wait…

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[…] The squad for the Asian Tour was announced yesterday and there were no real surprises. Cesc was absent, as expected, Eboue, Diaby and Fabianski didn’t travel because of injury concerns, while only the omissions of Nicklas Bendtner and Manuel Almunia raised eyebrows. […]

Will
Will

Guys, I dunno where the majority are from, but here in munster (Ireland) it is being widely reported that wenger has put in a bid of £18m for Stuart downing, it’s on skysports.com, skysports news, 2fm & beat fm. if this is true then the old man had lost the plot, cos downings not worth €18 let alone £18m!! I pray it’s tabloid speculation.

James
James

I really think that Wenger would be making a mistake to let Bendtner go. On the other hand if the player doesn’t want to fight for his place what can you do. For me the problem with Denilson is that he is not a holding player. But not a good enough attacking midfielder to compete at Arsenal. It’s a mental thing. He doesn’t chase back at all cost, like a Makelele or Senna for example. I would like to see one more experienced keeper as cover, loan out Fabianski and play Mannone whenever possible, Carling Cup etc. One more versatile defender, with Jenkinson in the frame. I would really like to see Bartley given a chance, I think he is as tough as nails. Squillaci can be fifth choice back-up for me. Last year I would have bought another central holding mid, but now I would let Frimpong, Coquelin, Song and Diaby fight it out for that spot, use Wilshere in Fab’s role in some games to save Fab for the bigger games. Then I would break the bank to bring in Mata, because then Nasri has to have the season of his life. There will be real competition for wing with Theo, Mata, Nasri, as the frontline players plus up and coming like Miyaichi, Vela etc. For me though Wenger is missing a trick with Lansbury. He is the new Parlour for me. Fights, fights fights all the time. He would have been a difference down that pathetic finish. For me if Wenger can’t see the spark that a player like Lansbury has then he is starting to lose the plot. I personally would love to see the front four wingers be Theo, Nasri, Mata, Lansbury, then the rest to fight for it.

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