Date: 22nd July 2012 at 11:25am
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Arsene Wenger named a 24 man squad for Arsenal’s upcoming tour of Malaysia and China. There were some notable omissions, most pointedly the absence of wantaway skipper Robin van Persie who, the official club line says, will stay home to work on his fitness. Lukas Podoslki, Olivier Giroud, Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny will keep him company.

Bacary Sagna, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, Henri Lansbury and Emmanuel Frimpong are still injured. Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey and Park Chu Young are on international duty at the Olympics. Nicklas Bendtner, Andrey Arshavin and Sebastien Squillaci don’t travel as all look likely to move. There was room for youngsters Benik Afobe (one of only two strikers travelling), Craig Eastmond, Nico Yennaris, Chuks Aneka, Ignasi Miquel and Kyle Bartley. Thomas Vermaelen will captain the side.

GOALKEEPERS:
Wojciech SZCZESNY
Lukasz FABIANSKI
Vito MANNONE

DEFENDERS:
Carl JENKINSON
Francis COQUELIN
Kyle BARTLEY
Thomas VERMAELEN (c)
Ignasi MIQUEL
Johan DJOUROU
Kieran GIBBS
Andre SANTOS

MIDFIELDERS
Alex SONG
Mikel ARTETA
Thomas EISFIELD
Craig EASTMOND
Chuks ANEKE
Nico YENNARIS
Abou DIABY

FORWARDS
Theo WALCOTT
Alex Oxlade CHAMBERLAIN
GERVINHO
RYO Miyachi
Benik AFOBE
Marouane CHAMAKH