Seven senior stars missing from Arsenal squad for USA tour including Thomas Partey

Arsenal will take on MLS All-Stars, Manchester United and Barcelona in three pre-season friendlies over in the United States and Mikel Arteta has named his squad for the tour

Mikel Arteta has named his 27-man squad for Arsenal’s pre-season tour in the United States.

The Gunners jetted off from London Stansted Airport on Sunday afternoon ahead of three friendlies as they ramp up preparations for the 2023/24 campaign. Arteta’s side have a couple of days to acclimatise before facing MLS All-Stars, who will be managed by Wayne Rooney, on Thursday.

That will be followed by matches against Manchester United and Barcelona to wrap up their time in North America. And as the Gunners get ready for those three fixtures, the club have confirmed that 27 players have travelled for their pre-season campaign, with six notable absentees.

One of those not to fly out is Thomas Partey, who has been heavily linked with a move to Saudi Arabia. Arsenal note that the Ghanaian international is expected to join them “next week”. The same applies to Emile Smith Rowe after the youngster starred in England’s European Under 21 Championship success earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Nicolas Pepe, Cedric and Albert Sambi Lokongo have not been named in the squad. The trio all spent time away from the Gunners on loan last season and could leave this summer. Pepe has been linked with a return to Nice after impressing for the Ligue 1 side, while Cedric and Sambi Lokongo are both surplus to requirements.

Reiss Nelson and Nuno Tavares will also not travel. Nelson started the Gunners’ pre-season friendly against Nurnberg on Wednesday but will remain at London Colney, while Tavares is still on holiday, according to Football.London. Arthur Owonkwo, who is yet to make a senior appearance for Arsenal and spent last term on loan at Crewe and Sturm Graz, is edging closer to a move away.

As for those on the plane, new £105million arrival Declan Rice is present after his move was finally confirmed on Saturday afternoon. Jurrien Timber has also travelled with the rest of the squad following his switch from Ajax, with fellow summer recruit Kai Havertz on board.

Havertz made his Arsenal debut in the 1-1 draw against Nurnberg on Wednesday as Arteta managed to give minutes to 19 different players at the Max-Morlock-Stadion. Bukayo Saka’s fine first-half strike was cancelled out by Jorginho’s own-goal.

Arsenal travelling squad: Aaron Ramsdale, William Saliba, Kieran Tierney, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli, Jurrien Timber, Alex Runarsson, Eddie Nketiah, Jakub Kiwior, Rob Holding, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Leandro Trossard, Jorginho, Fabio Vieira, Mohamed Elneny, Folarin Balogun, Marquinhos, Kai Havertz, Karl Hein, Auston Trusty, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Declan Rice, Amario Cozier-Duberry