An insight into those present in Arsenal’s pre-season squad, and the club’s plans for their upcoming tour of Scotland, has been forthcoming on Monday.
Mikel Arteta’s men are of course currently ramping up preparations for the new season.
After enduring something of a nightmare campaign last time out, which saw the Gunners stutter to an 8th-placed Premier League finish, all associated with the club will no doubt have their sights set considerably higher for 2021/22.
To this point in the summer, the vast majority of the chatter when it comes to ongoings on the red half of North London has surrounded potential additions to Arteta’s ranks.
This comes with the Arsenal boss evidently of the opinion that his side remains in need of significant reinforcement, if a top-4 challenge is to develop next time out.
Links, thus far, have revolved chiefly around defenders and central midfielders, with deals for both Brighton star Ben White and Anderlect talent Sambi Lokonga understood to be close to completion:
Arsenal are still confident and working to complete the agreement with Brighton for Ben White on a permanent deal – personal terms already agreed. 🏴 #AFC
Still some detail to be completed for Saliba [NO buy option] to OM on loan.
Lokonga, here we go – deal at final stages.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 7, 2021
First look at Tavares
What, though, of those already part of the Gunners’ squad?
Well, as outlined above, on Monday, an insight has been provided into the panel of players set to travel with Arteta and the club’s coaching staff for an upcoming trip to Scotland.
As confirmed by the reliable Charles Watts of Goal.com, amongst the travelling continent are:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe, Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe, Hector Bellerin, Cedric Soares, Rob Holding, Sead Kolasinac, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari.
Other noteworthy inclusions come in the form of Joe Willock, fresh off a thoroughly impressive loan stint with Newcastle United, January signing Omar Rekik (if his latest Instagram stories are anything to go by) and recent addition Nuno Tavares.
In the case of the latter, whose Emirates switch was made official over the weekend, it is added that the Portuguese is likely to be handed his first-team debut in a friendly meeting with Hibernian on Tuesday night.
Arsenal will round out their 5-day trip up north in a clash with Rangers on Saturday.
Pre-season now well underway for Arsenal. The squad left for Scotland this morning, first game is tomorrow evening.
This week we’ll see Auba, Laca, Pepe, some youngsters, two games, one new signing and a new kit.
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) July 12, 2021