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.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 21, 2019
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.