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New signing Nuno Tavares in line for Arsenal debut as returning Joe Willock included for Scotland trip

New signing Nuno Tavares in line for Arsenal debut as returning Joe Willock included for Scotland trip

 

An insight into those present in Arsenal’s pre-season squad, and the club’s plans for their upcoming tour of Scotland, has been forthcoming on Monday.

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Mikel Arteta’s men are of course currently ramping up preparations for the new season.

After enduring something of a nightmare campaign last time out, which saw the Gunners stutter to an 8th-placed Premier League finish, all associated with the club will no doubt have their sights set considerably higher for 2021/22.

To this point in the summer, the vast majority of the chatter when it comes to ongoings on the red half of North London has surrounded potential additions to Arteta’s ranks.

This comes with the Arsenal boss evidently of the opinion that his side remains in need of significant reinforcement, if a top-4 challenge is to develop next time out.

Links, thus far, have revolved chiefly around defenders and central midfielders, with deals for both Brighton star Ben White and Anderlect talent Sambi Lokonga understood to be close to completion:

First look at Tavares

What, though, of those already part of the Gunners’ squad?

Well, as outlined above, on Monday, an insight has been provided into the panel of players set to travel with Arteta and the club’s coaching staff for an upcoming trip to Scotland.

As confirmed by the reliable Charles Watts of Goal.com, amongst the travelling continent are:

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe, Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe, Hector Bellerin, Cedric Soares, Rob Holding, Sead Kolasinac, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari.

New signing Nuno Tavares in line for Arsenal debut as returning Joe Willock included for Scotland trip

Arsenal’s Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (L), Arsenal’s French-born Ivorian midfielder Nicolas Pepe (C) and Arsenal’s French striker Alexandre Lacazette (R) discuss options at a freekick during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 30, 2021. (Photo by ANDY RAIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Other noteworthy inclusions come in the form of Joe Willock, fresh off a thoroughly impressive loan stint with Newcastle United, January signing Omar Rekik (if his latest Instagram stories are anything to go by) and recent addition Nuno Tavares.

In the case of the latter, whose Emirates switch was made official over the weekend, it is added that the Portuguese is likely to be handed his first-team debut in a friendly meeting with Hibernian on Tuesday night.

Arsenal will round out their 5-day trip up north in a clash with Rangers on Saturday.

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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