Arsenal new coach Unai Emery confirmed on Monday (July 16) that midfielder Mesut Ozil and Nigerian forward Alex Iwobi will be part of the squad travelling to Singapore for the International Champions Cup (ICC) next week.
Supporters of the north London club can watch their stars in action at the National Stadium when the Gunners take on Spanish LaLiga powerhouses Atletico Madrid and French giants Paris Saint-Germain at the pre-season tournament from July 26-30.
Arsenal will play Atletico on July 26 in a repeat of last season’s Europa League semi-finals, won by eventual champions Atletico, before taking on PSG on July 28.
“All the players are the same,” Emery told Arsenal’s official website. “They have the same holidays. I know (Alex) Iwobi, (Mohamed) Elneny and Mesut Ozil. He’s coming with us to Singapore the first day.”
Ozil will be hoping to get his pre-season preparations off to a good start after being criticised for his lacklustre performances in Russia as defending champions Germany crashed out at the group stage after shock defeats by Mexico and South Korea in Group F.
Eagleseye Footy understands that the 29-year-old will be joined in Singapore by striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Arsenal have signed five players so far in the off-season in goalkeeper Bernd Leno, defenders Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner, and midfielders Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.
It remains to be seen if Lichtsteiner and Torreira will be given extended breaks after their national teams reached the knockout stages in Russia.
Lichtsteiner’s Switzerland lost to Sweden in the last 16 while Torreira’s Uruguay fell to eventual champions France in the quarter-finals.
Question marks also hang over the star players of Atletico and PSG who were involved in the latter stages of the World Cup.
Atletico stars Antoine Griezmann and Lucas Hernandez started the World Cup final on Sunday when they beat Croatia 4-2. Their club team-mate Sime Vrsaljko was in the Croatian team.
But perhaps what interests the local fans most is whether Brazilian superstar Neymar and French teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe will still be part of the PSG team when the ICC comes around.