Thomas Partey and Emile Smith Rowe have linked up with Arsenal squad in the United States after initially being left out of the travelling party.
Smith Rowe, who recently represented England at the Under-21 European Championship, and Partey, who featured in a 1-1 draw with Nurnberg last week, were expected to rejoin the team at a later stage during the tour.
Thomas Partey is linked with a move away from the club this summer with interest from Italy and Saudi Arabia. While Arsenal are open to listen to substantial offers for the Ghanaian midfield powerhouse, the club has reportedly reassessed its options in the department and may make a surprise u-turn regarding Partey.
Despite the addition of Declan Rice and Kai Havertz, Arsenal will need to bring in another midfielder if Partey leaves. Mikel Arteta has already seen the departure of one of his senior midfielders in the squad and may reconsider letting Partey this summer.
While their inclusion is exciting, neither player is expected to take part in Arsenal’s upcoming fixture against the MLS All Stars on Wednesday. Smith Rowe’s recent involvement with the England Under-21s and Partey’s lack of training this week are the primary reasons for their potential absence.
During the Under-21 Euros, Smith Rowe demonstrated his talent by featuring in all six matches, even starting in the victorious final against Spain.
As part of their pre-season U.S. tour, Arsenal is set to play three crucial fixtures. The first match will kick off against the MLS All-Stars in Washington on Thursday (1.30am UK time) .Following that, they will face off against Manchester United at the MetLife Stadium on July 22, and finally, they will take on Barcelona at the SoFi Stadium on July 26 as part of the Soccer Champions Tour.
Meanwhile, some players were unable to make the trip to the United States due to injuries. Reiss Nelson, Nicolas Pepe, and Albert Sambi Lokonga were all left out of the U.S. squad,
On a brighter note, the traveling squad includes the newly acquired signings: Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber, and Declan Rice. Fans will be eager to see how these additions perform in the Arsenal colors during the tour.
Mikel Arteta and his team will surely be looking to make the most out of their time in the United States, fine-tuning their strategies and building team chemistry ahead of the upcoming season.