Arsenal have confirmed their 25-man squad for the pre-season tour of Singapore.
The Gunners will face Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint Germain in the International Champions Cup at the Singapore National Stadium on Thursday 26 July and Saturday 28 July respectively.
As expected, it’s a strong squad with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi and Mohamed Elneny returning from their post-World Cup holidays.
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Danny Welbeck, Nacho Monreal, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira will not make the trip as they are still on leave. Youngsters making the voyage include Emile
Rowe Smith Rowe, Jordi Osei-Tutu, as well last season’s breakthrough trio Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah.
Fringe players left at home include The Jeff, Carl Jenkinson and Chuba Akpom; the latter is expected to seal a permanent move away from the club in the coming weeks.
The Gunners will also be launching their new third kit on the tour.
There’s been a lot of change at the club in the last three months so Petr Cech believes the tour will give the players and the coaching staff a chance to get to know each other better.
“I think when you are away on tour you get to know people in a slightly different way,” Cech told Arsenal Player.
“You see them every minute of the whole day for a whole week.
“Obviously, we’ll have time to work as well because usually on a tour like that, when you train, then you have some more time in the hotel where you can use it to hold individual meetings and discussions about certain things.
“I think the coaching staff have the chance to speak to certain people as well about the way pre-season has been going, what is expected, what they would like you to improve or not to do.
“All these things are beneficial for everyone, especially for the new players as well. When you have new players coming in, you get to know all the players and get a different perspective when you spend a whole week with them in a different environment.
“It’s easier than to carry on during the season.”
Full tour squad
Emile Smith Rowe