Notable absentees but Lacazette makes Arsenal’s Oz squad


Alexandre Lacazette has been included in Arsenal’s 25-man squad for the tour of Australia and China.

The France international and fellow new boy Sead Kolasinac will likely make their debuts for the Gunners in Sydney later this week as Arsene Wenger’s men step up their pre-season preparations.

There were notable absentees from the touring squad with available players likes of Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Debuchy, Wojciech Szczesny, Lucas Perez and Carl Jenkinson all left at home. It looks increasingly likely that all five will be playing their football elsewhere this season.

Alexis, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin miss out having been on international duty until recently. Joel Campbell is at the Gold Cup with Costa Rica while Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere are continuing their rehabilitation in the gym.

Olivier Giroud, heavily linked with Everton, West Ham and Marseille, is on the plane and so are Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. It’s a long journey to Sydney, perhaps we can force them to sign new deals while they are suffering from jetlag?

Youngsters Cohen Bramall, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Donyell Malen, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock (brother of recently departed Chris) have also travelled. Surprisingly, Chuba Akpom was not selected.

After the jaunt Down Under, Arsenal will travel to Shanghai and Beijing for matches with Bayern Munich and Chelsea.

Full squad

Petr Cech (GK)
Emi Martinez (GK)
David Ospina (GK)
Krystian Bielik
Cohen Bramall
Francis Coquelin
Mohamed Elneny
Olivier Giroud
Alex Iwobi
Sead Kolasinac
Laurent Koscielny
Alexandre Lacazette
Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Donyell Malen
Per Mertesacker
Nacho Monreal
Reiss Nelson
Eddie Nketiah
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Mesut Ozil
Aaron Ramsey
Theo Walcott
Danny Welbeck
Joe Willock
Granit Xhaka

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