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Arsenal sign up alongside Stoke and Everotn for Asia Trophy

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Arsenal have announced they will take part in the Asia Trophy alongside Stoke and Everton this summer.

A Singapore Select XI will also feature in the knockout tournament, with the Gunners set to make their first appearance in Singapore since 1991.

Controversy

The trophy has caused controversy in the past. Back in 2013, then-Sunderland boss Paulo di Canio described the pitch at the Hong Kong Stadium as a 'killer' before his side's game against Tottenham after torrential storms damaged the turf.

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This year's competition will be played at the Singapore's 55,000-capacity national stadium, and Premier League chief Richard Scudamore says he's looking forward to taking some of the league's biggest teams to Asia.

"We are very excited to bring the Barclays Asia Trophy to Singapore for the first time. We know Singaporeans love their football and that they are huge fans of the Barclays Premier League.

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Silva targets Arsenal return

Wellington Silva says he still dreams of playing for Arsenal, despite not making an appearance since joining the club five years ago. The Brazilian is currently on loan with Almeria in Spain but says he’s still targeting a return to north London.

"Yes, it’s a dream for me to play there. Arsenal is a great club," he said in an exclusive interview with Sambafoot.com. “I think I am ready now. I learned a lot in Spain, including playing without the ball. If all goes well I’ll be out there next season.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain facing spell on the sidelines

It seems there’s some bad news regarding Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Arsenal winger limped off in the FA Cup win over Manchester United and it’s been claimed that he will be out of action for up to four weeks.

He seemed to pick up a hamstring strain just after teeing up Nacho Monreal for Arsenal's first goal in the 2-1 win against Manchester United which secured their spot in the semi-finals against either Bradford or Reading.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the England international is waiting on the results of a scan but Arsenal believe he could miss between three and four weeks. Arsenal have not yet confirmed any news about the injury yet, expect to say that the results of the scan should be confirmed today. 

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