Wenger to use Asia tour for scouting mission

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Arsene Wenger has revealed he will be keeping an eye out for the next Asian stars on the Gunners’ pre-season tour, with the side facing Malaysia XI in Malaysia and Hangzou Greentown in China during July.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to see the level of the game over there and therefore, of course it’s always important for us to have a look at good players,” The Arsenal manager said.

“I cannot understand a country so big and cannot produce players. It’s one of the mysteries and we want to see why that is.”

Wenger cited Arsenal signing Ryo Miyaichi, CSKA Moscow’s Keisuke Honda and Manchester United’s Park Ji-Sung as examples of Asian players making successful careers in European football.

“You have more players who come to Europe and are successful, because they’re naturally gifted to play in team sports,” Wenger said.

Asian fans will no doubt be excited by the prospect of more stars from the continent in the Barclays Premier League, as well as the news that Arsenal will be taking their full squad over to Asia.

“The best possible squad [will go on tour],” Wenger said.

“We travel the first week after training, everybody will be back, so the whole squad will travel.”

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