Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck and Hector Bellerin have joined the Arsenal squad for the trip to Dubai where the team will do some warm weather training and play a friendly game against Al Nasr next week.

The two defenders have been sidelined with cruciate knee ligament injuries, while the England international has been out of action since last year following a broken ankle.

The trip is as much about team bonding as staying fit – they could have done that much more easily in England – so it’s nice to see the lads who otherwise would be on the fringes involved with their teammates.

Senior players on the trip include Mesut Ozil, Petr Cech, Bernd Leno, Alex Lacazette, Denis Suarez, and Shkodran Mustafi, while youngsters like Dinos Mavropanos, Charlie Gilmour, Ben Sheaf, Tyreece John-Jules, Xavier Amaechi, Zech Medley, Jordi Osei-Tutu and Julio Pleguezuelo have also travelled.

The squad picture does not include Laurent Koscielny or Nacho Monreal, while other first team players involved in Interlull duty for their countries are obviously not involved.

Update: Thanks to all our eagle-eyed readers who have pointed out that in another picture Koscielny was pictured front and centre with Unai Emery.

The Gunners flew out of Heathrow on an Emirates flight this morning and will touch down at 8pm local time at Dubai International airport. They will stay at the Ritz-Carlton.

Gulf News reports that in addition to training sessions and the friendly, players from the Arsenal party will visit the Rashid Centre For People With Determination on Sunday before meeting with Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, who has been the Chairman of Al Nasr since 1960.

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Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

May this trip be the catalyst for the form that will make us finish third.

Gooooooonnnnaaaaaaaa
Gooooooonnnnaaaaaaaa

This is a great opportunity for the youngsters to make a good impression and book their spot in next seasons preseason tour. If they impress there again then who knows, maybe they could stake a claim for the first team (not getting carried away but optimistic about it).

This could also act as a mini preseason for Dennis Suarez. For me he hasn’t done enough to impress and has been a bit underwhelming. But considering he’s barely played any league football this season at Barca, and the fact that he needs time to adapt to the physical demands of the premier league, I’m giving him the benifit of doubt and willing to be proven wrong. He could still be an important player for us this season and getting him to his best is in our best interest.

Every game till the end of the season is a cup final for us and regardless to what happens and where we finish, I’m just happy to be fighting for something and proud of the progress this team is making. COYG!!!

Santori
Santori

Dennis needs to start making a very strong impression.

Thus far it has been slightly timid albeit last match he got stuck in better.

Otherwise ‘panic loan’ (courtesy of Sven and Raul) will end, we will have to find alternative solution.

venkat
venkat

why does the faces look like a poor photoshop job???

Gordy
Gordy

While there can they get one those rich rulers to give us a billion pounds or so.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Or buy the club outrightly.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Let’s hope that they all come back refreshed and ready to give 100% in all the remaining games this season. This will be make or break of course and although Emery hasn’t been in post very long (but he’s nearly halfway through his initial two year contract – albeit it with an option of a third year) we’ll see how much difference he’s managed to make very soon. Fingers crossed everyone.

Vince
Vince

I think we’ve already seen that he’s made a massive difference in less than a year.

Goonereality
Goonereality

True, he’s certainly has made a positive difference in a short time, but I’m not sure we can say that it’s a “massive” difference quite yet. A top four finish will cement all his good work so far, but if we don’t manage it will it be a “massive” improvement? A Europa League trophy would be great of course, particularly if we don’t get a top four finish, but we’re still a way away from that with Napoli (certainly no Bate or Rennes) coming up. We’ll see.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

It would have been better if he hadn’t nearly blown it somewhere in the middle, but am happy with the way things are going at the moment

Santori
Santori

If he finishes top 3 above Spurts plus a Europa, it would be an improvement.

Top 4 no Europa is not much improvement.

Lehmann
Lehmann

Who is that tall fella on the far right at the back

K3hny
K3hny

That is Arthur Okonkwo, a Goalkeeper with the U-18s and 23s

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Boris Johnson?

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Yep, Arthur Okwonko.

6ft5″ Goalkeeper

Badaab
Badaab

Looking forward to finding out which of our players are people with determination, as I assume that’s what the center of the same name tests for.

Ben
Ben

Who is the very tall player on the far right?

Ben
Ben

Found it! Arthur Okonkwo

Gareth Williams
Gareth Williams

Koscielny is in this photo as well. I would recognise that white trainer between Tyreece John-Jules’ legs anywhere. Also explains what/who Rob Holding is laughing at.

ben elfen
ben elfen

Koscielny is spotted on another picture on arsenal.com

Notsince61
Notsince61

Wonder why they would bring welbeck who is likely to be injured and unavailable until the time his contract runs out?

Scott P
Scott P

If he, Holding, and Bellerin are not going to hurt their rehab by tagging along, they can spend some time bonding with the team, who they’ve presumably been around less frequently since they’ve been out of training.

Could also be commercial reasons.

David C
David C

Maybe they are concerned about their mental health. Welbeck is still an Arsenal employee after all.

I’m at home with a broken leg right now and recovery is slow, boring, and very isolating. I’d love a trip to some warm weather!

shokim
shokim

They’re there for PR reasons to represent Arsenal. Welbz is injured but still contracted till end of season.

santori
santori

Holiday.

Santori
Santori

Also shop window.

Need to free up wages thanks to Raul and Sven overloading.

Welbeck will likely free 90K, Cech too. Also Koscielny may retire. Lichsteiner cost us 90K a week. Ramsey will free up some wages too. Have to sell Elneny and Jenkinson (if there are buyers even)

Thereafter maybe Ozil dependent on offers which will be the big one.

Don’t expect much else outgoing as it would mean filling in more spaces again and will detract from where we need to spend on quality.

Scott P
Scott P

The contracts for Welbeck, Cech, Lichsteiner, Ramsey (maybe more, not sure) are all ending this summer, so we hardly need to put them in the shop window???

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi

Strange, I expected Saka also to be on that trip..

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Saka is playing and scoring for England U19s

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Good to know.

Jason daniels
Jason daniels

Dino mavarapanos must start in premier league . Next to socratis. Until rob gets back

Santori
Santori

Why so?

He has yet to be proven.

Doesn’t make any sense.

Maul Person
Maul Person

And so what happens to Koscielny…?

truj
truj

And the team is going to visit the center for kids who cant read good and want to learn how to do other stuff good too

Butters
Butters

Is that Boeing 737 Max?

Max
Max

No, and do I know you?

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

It’s an Airbus A380 (note the two rows of windows).