Arsenal have confirmed their squad for the upcoming Asian tour and as expected, Robin van Persie will not be making the trip.
His absence will only add to the speculation regarding his future, especially in the wake of reported bids from Man City, Man Utd and Juventus, with The Guardian suggesting a bid from United was not sufficiently high for Arsenal to consider. The BBC says that the club have rejected bids from all three of the aforementioned club and Arsene Wenger has stated this morning he wants to keep the Dutchman at the club.
Clearly van Persie not traveling with the team, as club captain, suggests that there’s a willingness to ensure this saga doesn’t drag on much longer, but it remains unclear whether or not the decision was mutual or if van Persie refused to travel in order to force the move he wants.
Arsenal will play three matches on their Asian tour, starting on Tuesday against a Malaysia XI before what promises to be a very interesting game against Man City in Beijing this day week. The tour finishes with a fixture against Kitchee FC in the Hong Kong Stadium on July 29th.
Other absentees include Aaron Ramsey, who is with Team GB for the London Olympics, along with Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski, while injured stars Rosicky, Sagna, Wilshere and Koscielny all stay behind.
The full squad for the tour is as follows: Vito Mannone, 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, Carl Jenkinson, Theo Walcott, Wojciech Szczesny, Johan Djourou, Benik Afobe, Thomas Vermaelen, Abou Diaby, Andre Santos, Gervinho, Mikel Arteta