by Lewis Ambrose

By accommodating some of the younger players available to him, Arsène Wenger is taking the biggest squad of all the clubs competing in Singapore next week.

Arsenal face a Singapore XI on Wednesday and – depending on the results – will face the winner/loser of Everton and Stoke on Saturday.

Wenger has opted to take a 27-man squad, including a number of youngsters who will be given their chance to impress. On Thursday the Arsenal manager revealed that Chuba Akpom, Gedion Zelalem and Chris Willock will all be given a chance, along with new signing Jeff Reine-Adelaide.

It is worth remembering that, after FA Cup Final success and an international period, many Arsenal players have had one week of pre-season less than players at other Premier League clubs.

Stoke and Everton both travel to Asia with more established squad, consisting almost entirely of the players they hope to fuel a successful Premier League season.

Roberto Martinez’ 24-man squad includes a few youngsters who will be aiming to impress alongside the bulk of his squad for next season – including new signings Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu.

Stoke City have travelled with 23 players, including new striker signing Joselu. With Asmir Begovic expected to complete a move to Chelsea, the Potters may end up with just 22 players in Singapore as they step up their preparations ahead of the new season.

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