Arsenal.com has released the squad list for the club's pre-season jaunt to Asia. Notable absentees begin with captain Cesc Fabregas who is said to be rehabilitating his troublesome hamstring. Manuel Almunia and Nicklas Bendtner have also been omitted, possibly a sign that the two under achievers are heading towards the exit door.
The most high-profile inclusion is Samir Nasri. Amidst increasing speculation that the french midfield maestro is inching towards a move to one of the Manchester clubs, Nasri's place on the tour, could be a sign that Arsene Wenger is confident of talking him round.
Despite the obvious commercial motives, the trip to the Far East gives Arsene Wenger his first opportunity to asses some of the talented youngsters in his squad who could be thrust into first team action this season. A run out in friendly matches may not be the best way to gauge a player's readiness for the rigours of the Premier League, but Arsenal's prospects and fringe players should still be keen to impress.
Here are seven Gunners prodigies who will be looking to make their mark.