Alexandre Lacazette set for Arsenal debut this week after being included in club's pre-season tour squad

The Frenchman, who joined Arsenal from Lyon for what is understood to be a club-record fee of as much as £52m, jetted out with the team ahead of Thursday's tour opener against Sydney FC

Monday 10 July 2017 09:43
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Alexandre Lacazette joined in a club record deal last week
Alexandre Lacazette joined in a club record deal last week

Alexandre Lacazette is all set to make his Arsenal debut this week after being named in a 25-man squad for the Gunners' pre-season tour of Australia and China.

The Frenchman, who joined Arsenal from Lyon for what is understood to be a club-record fee of as much as £52m, jetted out with the team ahead of Thursday's tour opener against Sydney FC.

He is joined in the squad by the club's other summer signing, Bosnia international Sead Kolasinac, and fellow France forward Olivier Giroud, who has been linked with a move away from Arsene Wenger's side this summer.

There is no place in the squad for defenders Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Debuchy and Carl Jenkinson, or striker Lucas Perez, whose agent has has said he wants to leave the club.

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who spent the last two seasons on loan at Roma, is also not travelling amid reports of a move to Juventus.

Forward Alexis Sanchez and defender Shkodran Mustafi are not included following their Confederations Cup exploits, while defenders Hector Bellerin, Calum Chambers and Rob Holding, who were involved at the Under-21 European Championship, will not travel.

Arsenal play two matches in Australia before matches with Bayern Munich in Shanghai and Chelsea in Beijing.

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