Arsenal’s pre-season tour squad contained few surprises as Arsene Wenger begins his preparations for the new season.
However, there are a number of notable exclusions from the 25-man party named by the manager for the Australian and Chinese training camps and four friendly fixtures.
Arsenal have two more games scheduled in the Emirates Cup against Benfica and Sevilla before the Community Shield clash with Chelsea next month but the squad which travelled could be subject to change depending on possible new signings and the futures of some current players.
Four players who have travelled have been linked with moves away, with Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud all still facing uncertain futures.
But there have been some notable omissions from the squad too, with a grand total of 16 players from Arsenal’s registered first-team squad absent from the tour.
The absence of Wojciech Szczesny surely signals that the Pole’s Arsenal career is over.
Szczesny had hoped to come back and fight Petr Cech for the No.1 jersey at the Emirates but Arsenal are in negotiations with Juventus over a possible perment transfer for the goalkeeper to Serie A following his fruitful loan spell with Roma.
Kieran Gibbs is another player likely to leave the club this summer and he has been left at home to sort out his future, with Newcastle United, Watford and Southampton all holding an interest.
Right-backs Mathieu Debuchy and Carl Jenkinson will also look to arrange transfers away from the club after Wenger made it clear neither have a long-term future with the club.
Debuchy could yet be granted a free transfer while Jenkinson will hope Crystal Palace revisit interest in him after a move to Selhurst Park collapsed back in January, though the appointment of new manager Frank de Boer could scupper those chances.
Fellow defenders Shkodran Mustafi, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers have all been given extended holiday following their international exertions over the summer while Gabriel has been left at home to continue his recovery from a knee injury.
Arsenal also have injury victims in midfield too, with Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla all long-term absentees.
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Having played in the Confederations Cup final against clubmate Mustafi, Alexis Sanchez has been granted extended leave amid rumours of the Chilean moving to Premier League rivals Manchester City this summer while Lucas Perez’s ill-fated spell appears to be nearing an end.
La Liga sides Sevilla and Deportivo – his former club from whom Arsenal signed him – have been linked with moves for the frustrated Spaniard, who wants out after failing to make his mark at the Emirates.
Joel Campbell, currently with Costa Rica at the Gold Cup, and Chuba Akpom are other attacking players who could leave this summer, with neither appearing to play a part in Wenger’s first-team plans following inauspicious loan spells.