Unai Emery will take advantage of a gap in Arsenal’s playing schedule to take the first team squad to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp.
According to Football.London, the Spaniard has organised, presumably with the help of our marketing department, for the players to travel to the Emirate for a few days after Thursday’s Europa League game with Rennes.
Due to Wolves’ participation in the FA Cup our match at Molineux, originally scheduled for 17th March, will be played at a later date. It means we’ll have an 18 day wait before Newcastle United visit on 1st April.
There’s a suggestion, yet to be confirmed, that the training camp could take in a friendly match against a local side. We wouldn’t be surprised if a few of the lads also called in on our regional soccer school. Boat parties, at which players pick up mysterious coughs, are likely to be purely optional.
As far as we can recall, this will be the first time, certainly in the Premier League era, that Arsenal have embarked on a mid-season training camp. It wasn’t really Arsene’s style to leave behind the home comforts of London Colney.
Depending on whether we turn around the 3-1 deficit on Thursday, we have between eight and 14 games remaining this season.