By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger is taking a strong first-team squad on the Club's 2012 tour - but some players will stay behind in England to work on their fitness.
The majority of Wenger's players are back in training and some were in action last weekend when Arsenal won the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup in Southampton. But those who played at Euro 2012 were given extra time off.
"Some of them [will not go on tour] because they are too far behind to be competitive," explained Wenger. "But most of them will go.
"The German players [Podolski and Mertesacker] are just back in training on Saturday so they will be late. Some players have to work on their fitness so are a bit behind, like Van Persie, like Koscielny, like Giroud, who came in later. They are not ready to play games.
"Some players like Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain, they travel. Song, Diaby, Vermaelen, Santos, Gibbs, Szczesny, they will all travel. So will Gervinho - we have a very strong team out there. Rosicky is injured. Apart from that I think everybody travels.
"It is a first-team squad with a few young players who have a chance to play next season. You will see when we play the games that we will have a team out there who can play in the big games and have big experience of that."
The travelling squad is confirmed here. Wenger also revealed the following team news ahead of the Asia tour.
on Bacary Sagna (broken fibula)...
“He is doing very well. There are no problems there. But it will be the end of August for him.”
on Abou Diaby, who missed the end of the Premier League season…
“He is fit, raring to go and will be on the tour. That is fantastic news for him and us.”
on Jack Wilshere (ankle)….
“It is impossible to set a concrete deadline at the moment. But it is all OK. He is as quick as we expected him to be. His ankle is good and his knee is good. There is no set-back. It difficult to say ‘it will be this week in September or October’ when he is back in training. He has been out for a year and I don’t want to put any pressure on him.”
on Tomas Rosicky (plantaris tendon)…
“It will be six to eight weeks until he is back in training. It was his [plantaris tendon], it was done at the Euros.”
on Emmanuel Frimpong (knee)…
“Emmanuel is doing very well. It will be the end of September or perhaps into October for him.”
on Mikel Arteta, who missed the end of the Premier League season…
“He is fit now.”
on Lukasz Fabianski, who missed Euro 2012…
“He is OK and will travel to the tour.”