Cesc out of tour but Nasri goes

Club captain Fabregas, who is again being strongly linked with a

summer move to Barcelona, sustained a muscle strain at the end of

last season and will not travel with the Gunners, who will play

friendly matches in Kuala Lumpur and in China. “Fabregas will not

travel because he still has a small muscular problem. He will stay

and practice here,” Arsene Wenger told the club’s website. The

Spaniard told his Twitter followers: “I’m sorry to all the fans in

Asia that I wont be on the tour. After just returning from

Indonesia I know how special u all r. Ill make it up.” Nasri,

another player who has been linked with a move away, will travel as

part of a 23-man squad, along with promising teenagers Ryo

Miyaichi, Carl Jenkinson and Emmanuel Frimpong. Arsenal are set to

sign Ivory Coast striker Gervinho from Lille but the deal has not

been sealed, with the club revealing via their official website:

“The imminent signing of Lille striker Gervinho has not been

completed in time for him to join the party.” Emmanuel Eboue and

Abou Diaby miss out through injury, while Lukasz Fabianski is short

of fitness. Manuel Almunia and Nicklas Bendtner are left behind,

while Henri Lansbury is still on holiday after his involvement with

England Under-21s at the European U21 Championship in Denmark last

month. Wenger added: “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 Gunners face a Malaysia XI

in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday (kick-off 1.45pm BST) before meeting

Hangzhou Greentown in China on Saturday (kick-off 12.30pm BST).

Arsenal Asia tour party: Wojciech Szczesny, Vito Mannone; Sebastien

Squillaci, Johan Djourou, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Laurent

Koscielny, Armand Traore, Thomas Vermaelen, Bacary Sagna; Alex

Song, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky, Denilson, Aaron Ramsey,

Emmanuel Frimpong, Samir Nasri, Andrey Arshavin; Marouane Chamakh,

Ryo Miyaichi, Theo Walcott, Carlos Vela, Robin van Persie.