Burton receives first call-up as Arsenal name eight youngsters in squad for US Tour

Arsenal have named their squad for the pre-season tour of the United States, with Robbie Burton receiving his first senior call-up.

The 19-year-old has featured frequently for Arsenal at U23 level and captained Steve Bould’s side against Boreham Wood last weekend.

In addition to Burton, Matt Macey, Dominic Thompson, James Olayinka, Bukayo Saka, Zech Medley, Tyreece John-Jules and Gabriel Martinelli have all been called up. There is no place in the squad for Xavier Amaechi, Ben Sheaf or Deyan Iliev.

Krystian Bielik, who represented Poland at the U21 European Championship, also isn’t included.

Emile Smith Rowe, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock, who have all recently been promoted to the first-team, have also made the trip.

With regards to first-team players, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding have travelled as they step up their recoveries from injury.

Captain Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel, while Lucas Torreira, Mohamed Elneny, Matteo Guendouzi and Alex Iwobi miss out due to their international commitments this summer.

Takuma Asano, who has been linked with a departure from the club, has also been left out.

Arsenal will play Colorado Rapids, Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Real Madrid while on tour.


  1. Ben Sheafis not joining US tour as he is off to Doncaster on a 6 month loan deal. Should be announced before weekend,

  2. There was an article in Polish press yesterday about Bielik. That he’s adamant not to be in u23, nor go on loan – either Arsenal first team or leaving. Emery (reportedly) has no plans for him, so he wants out with interest from AC Milan, some Bundesliga and Championship clubs.
    Any truth in this, Jorge?

    1. I’d heard that he hadn’t ruled out a loan but was less likely to sign another contract if this happened (to keep his options open next summer).
      However he definately expects 1st team game-time somewhere.
      I do hope we can hold onto him as I think he’ll make the PL grade.

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