As Arsenal announced the names of the travelling party, it has emerged that Gervinho has not been named in the Arsenal Asia Tour squad because of sickness.
Whether that’s sickness or “sickness”, we don’t know, but there’s no suggestion in the official bulletin that he will join up with the squad at a later date.
Thomas Vermaelen is an expected absentee as he receives treatment for a back injury, while Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla are on an extended break having taken part in the Confederations Crap. New boy Yaya Sanogo is still at the U20 World Cup with France.
There’s also no place for Marouane Chamakh, prompting suggestions that he might be on his way out of the club in the near future, while Andre Santos is another ‘first team’ absence.
As Arseblog News youth correspondent, Jeorge Bird, revealed on his own blog, a number of young players have been included, giving the likes of Kris Olsson, Chuba Akpom, Thomas Eisfeld and 16 year old Gedion Zelalem vital experience.
The Gunners play against an Indondesia Dream Team on Sunday, in Vietnam next Wednesday, before heading for two fixtures in Japan against Nagoya Grampus and Urawa Reds.
The full squad list is: