Sat, 09 Jul 2011

Arsenal Asia Tour 2011 - Squard Announced

ENGLAND - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has named a 23-strong squad to travel to the Far East on Sunday for the Club's first international tour for 12 years. 

Most of the Club's big names are making the trip except skipper Cesc Fabregas who continues his recovery from a hamstring injury sustained at the end of last season. The imminent signing of Lille striker Gervinho has not been completed in time for him to join the party. 

Teenage Japanese winger Ryo Miyaichi has been added to the squad after impressing in pre-season training. He is joined in the squad by fellow teenagers Emmanuel Frimpong and defender Carl Jenkinson who signed from Charlton in the summer. 

Arsenal will play a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday (kick-off 8.45pm local time) and then fly to Hangzhou in China to play Hangzhou Greentown on Saturday evening (kick-off 7.30pm local time) 

Wenger said: "The Premier League is very popular in Asia and Arsenal are a very popular team in Asia. Many of the players have never been there so we are very excited about it. It is a good experience for the team. 

"You expect to see many Arsenal fans and, from our side, we expect to give fun, pleasure and enjoyment to the people who come and watch us play." 

The full squad is: 

Wojciech Szczesny 
Vito Mannone 
Sebastien Squillaci 
Johan Djourou 
Kieran Gibbs 
Carl Jenkinson 
Laurent Koscielny 
Andrey Arsharvin 
Marouane Chamakh 
Ryo Miyaichi 
Armand Traore 
Thomas Vermaelen 
Bacary Sagna 
Theo Walcott 
Alex Song 
Jack Wilshere 
Tomas Rosicky 
Aaron Ramsey 
Emmanuel Frimpong 
Samir Nasri 
Carlos Vela 
Robin Van Persie 

For more information, please contact: 

Christopher Raj 
Shekhinah PR / 016 6513512 

Sunita Suzzanne 
Shekhinah PR / 012 5555870 

Andrew Tan 
Shekhinah PR / 012 6540119

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