New Arsenal signing, Granit Xhaka has been named in Arsene Wenger’s preliminary 25-man squad to tour America and could make his much awaited Arsenal debut against MLS All-Stars.
Arsenal are due to face the MLS All-Star team, which features the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Kaka and Didier Drogba, on July 28 before a fixture against Chivas Guadalajara some 72 hours later.
Swiss international, Xhaka remains the only signing of note so far this summer by Wenger even though two other signings were made in Japanese Takuma Asano and young defender Rob Holding who was also included.
Granit Xhaka started training at his new club this week after he was given an extended break following his exploits at Euro 2016.
The likes of Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud will not fly to the US having all reached the latter stages of the European Championships, while Alexis Sanchez will be left behind as a precaution following the ankle injury he suffered in the final of the Copa America.
ARSENAL PRELIMINARY SQUAD IN FULL:
Goalkeepers: Petr Cech, Emiliano Martinez, David Ospina
Defenders: Hector Bellerin, Krystian Bielik, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy, Gabriel, Kieran Gibbs, Rob Holding, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal
Midfielders: Santi Cazorla, Mohamed Elneny, Francis Coquelin, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Chris Willock, Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka, Gedion Zelalem
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