22 Mar 19
Nacho Monreal remained in London as Arsenal’s 23-man squad departed for Dubai (Picture: Getty)
Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal has not traveled to Dubai after suffering a calf problem.
Unai Emery has started Monreal in a back three for Arsenal’s last five games, with Sead Kolasinac playing at left wing back, and the Spaniard managed 90 minutes of the side’s second-leg win over Rennes in the Europa League.
However, Monreal was missing as Emery’s 23-man squad boarded a flight on Thursday. Arsenal’s players are preparing for their Premier League run-in at a warm-weather training camp in Dubai.
On Tuesday the Gunners face Al-Nasr Dubai SC to mark the official opening of the newly built Al Maktoum Stadium, but Monreal will not be available for the friendly match.
‘Nacho has not traveled with the squad to Dubai,’ Arsenal’s official Twitter account confirmed.
‘This is as a precaution due to tightness in his calf.’
Arsenal take on Al-Nasr Dubai SC in a friendly match on Tuesday (Picture: Getty)
Several youngsters have been taken to Dubai, including the likes of Charlie Gilmour, Zech Medley and Ben Sheaf, along with first-team stars such as Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Petr Cech.
Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding, who are all recovering from serious injuries, are also present at Arsenal’s camp.
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Arsenal’s squad for Dubai: Cech, Leno, Okonkwo, Bellerin, Mavropanos, Koscielny, Mustafi, Jenkinson, Medley, Osei-Tutu, Pleguezuelo, Holding, Sheaf, Thompson, Olayinka, Gilmour, Suarez, Amaechi, Maitland-Niles, John-Jules, Ozil, Lacazette, Welbeck.
Emery believes Arsenal’s trip to Dubai comes at a perfect time ahead of their push for a top-four finish in the Premier League.
‘It will be great to get some warm weather training and break up the usual routine as we enter the final stage of the season,’ he said.
‘The facilities in Dubai are fantastic and it will be an honour to be part of the formal opening ceremony for the new stadium.’
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