PICTURES: Arsenal’s stars get ready for New York taking selfies of the plane [Twitter & Instagram]

Arsenal have flown to New York to take on the Red Bulls in a pre-season friendly, and the Gunners stars have said goodbye to Blighty uploading pictures onto social media.

Missing from the journey were Theo Walcott, who has stayed in London to work on his fitness, while new signing Alexis Sanchez is due to meet up with his teammates next week.

Wenger has also given extended leave until 11 August to his three Germany World Cup winners; Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski.

The German trio will miss the Community Shield against Manchester City at Wembley on 10 August, and stand to lack match fitness for the beginning of the Premier League season.

Arsenal start the new season at home to Crystal Palace on 16 August.

See the pictures of Arsenal’s squad on the way to New York below.