The Gunners jetted to Baltimore on Thursday to proceed their preparations for the upcoming Premier League marketing campaign, with matches in opposition to Everton, Orlando Metropolis and Chelsea all on the agenda.
However the squad Mikel Arteta chosen to carry to the USA raised a number of eyebrows, with a number of notable omissions regardless of the presence of wantaway midfielder Lucas Torreira and 5 goalkeepers.
Aaron Ramsdale, Matt Turner, Arthur Okonkwo, Alex Runarsson and Bernd Leno – who is anticipated to depart the membership this summer season – all made the lower, whereas various younger gamers have been neglected.
A lot-hyped academy starlet Charlie Patino, who was usually concerned with the primary crew final season, was surprisingly not chosen, as was the case for Flores and fellow wonderkid Omari Hutchinson.
Now La Opinion declare Flores’ exclusion from the pre-season tour has not gone down effectively – notably as he believed he can be a part of the squad.
The 18-year-old was invited to be a part of Mexico’s squad for his or her Beneath-20 World Cup qualification matches, however Arsenal blocked his participation and cited his involvement on the journey to the USA as the rationale.
Flores, who has given a string of electrical performances for each membership and nation at youth stage, would have been anticipated to play within the Concacaf Beneath-20 quarter-final in opposition to Guatemala – a match Mexico shockingly misplaced on penalties.
The ultimate of the competitors – which noticed USA hammer the Dominican Republic – was performed on July 4, which means Flores would nonetheless have been on vacation when the membership jetted off to the USA.
However as an alternative he neither represented his nation within the Beneath-20 event nor was he chosen for the pre-season tour, creating a level of confusion.
Flores, like Patino, has remained within the UK and the choice from Arteta has prompted some questions over the event pathway at Arsenal.
The Mexican has solely been referred to as as much as the first-team matchday squad as soon as, the place he was an unused substitute in a defeat to Crystal Palace in April, whereas Patino solely made one look in every of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup regardless of Arsenal having various harm points in midfield.
Arsenal additionally seem like on the verge of dropping Hutchinson – one other participant neglected of the tour squad – with London rivals Chelsea poised to poach the extremely rated teenager.
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