Arsenal are contemplating the prospect of heading to Dubai for warm-weather training in January, eyeing the upcoming Premier League winter break as an opportunity for an overseas training stint.
This potential trip would mark Arsenal’s third visit to Dubai, with their previous visits occurring after Mikel Arteta assumed the managerial position in 2020 and during the World Cup break last season.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic and fixture congestion hindered Arsenal from revisiting the destination between these trips.
With no winter World Cup scheduled for this season, the Premier League has reintroduced a mid-season break for clubs in January, presenting an ideal window for Arsenal to pursue warm-weather training overseas.
Mikel Arteta has shown a penchant for taking his squad abroad to train in a warmer climate, particularly ahead of the rigorous final stages of the campaign.
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The reintroduction of the winter break, initially implemented in the 2019-20 season but absent due to disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the 2022 World Cup, is structured to ensure the continuity of Premier League matches every weekend during this period.
Arsenal are slated to have no fixture on January 13, returning to action the following week against Crystal Palace at home after the break. The prospect of a trip to Dubai is particularly feasible as their only commitment during this period would be an FA Cup third-round tie, potentially providing a window for the trip.
However, the possibility of an FA Cup third-round replay could complicate Arsenal’s plans for the overseas training session.
The Gunners have encountered a challenging period recently, securing only four points in five matches during the festive period, resulting in a loss of their top spot in the league table.
A trip to Dubai could serve as a rejuvenating opportunity for the squad to recuperate before resuming Premier League action on January 20 at the Emirates Stadium.