Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has picked two Nigerian eligible players for his side’s pre-season tour of the United States.

Goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo and forward Folarin Balogun were selected by the Spaniard for the trip.

The Gunners kicked off their period of exhibition matches with a 5-1 success over Ipswich Town before another goal-laden 5-3 victory over Nuremberg in Germany last week.

Arsenal will do battle with Everton in the Charm City Match on Friday for their first game on tour in the U.S.A. before meeting Orlando City and Chelsea in the Florida Cup.

A report from The Times on Wednesday morning stated that Arteta was set to leave Thomas Partey, Bernd Leno and Folarin Balogun out of his squad for the trip across the Atlantic.

Leno and Balogun are both expected to leave the club permanently and on loan respectively this summer, while Partey was not involved whatsoever in the win over Nuremberg after playing 45 minutes against Ipswich.

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Fulham are thought to be making progress in their efforts to sign Leno in a £10m deal, while Balogun will likely be sent elsewhere on a temporary basis after a productive loan spell at Middlesbrough.

However, all three players have been included in Arteta’s squad for the pre-season tour, while Kieran Tierney is also on the plane following his comeback from knee surgery.

Centre-back William Saliba – who is yet to make his competitive debut for the club three years after arriving from Saint-Etienne for £27m – will be among those hoping to impress Arteta during the tour.

Hector Bellerin and Pablo Mari are also included despite persistent links with moves away, and 17-year-old Reuell Walters has been called up following an impressive showing against Nuremberg.

New signing Fabio Vieira was unable to turn out for Arsenal against Ipswich or Nuremberg due to injury, but the Portuguese playmaker could now make his debut against Everton.

In the final third, new signings Gabriel Jesus and Marquinhos are both on the plane alongside Balogun, while the likes of Bukayo Saka, Granit Xhaka, Martin Odegaard and Ben White have all returned from their summer breaks.

However, Arteta has opted against selecting midfield starlet Charlie Patino for the pre-season trip, and fellow youngsters Omari Hutchinson, Marcelo Flores and Salah Oulad M’Hand are not involved either.

Goalkeepers: Aaron Ramsdale, Bernd Leno, Matt Turner, Arthur Okonkwo, Alex Runarsson

Defenders: Kieran Tierney, Nuno Tavares, Gabriel, Pablo Mari, Ben White, Rob Holding, William Saliba, Hector Bellerin, Cedric Soares, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Reuell Walters

Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny, Lucas Torreira, Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Granit Xhaka, Martin Odegaard, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Fabio Vieira, Reiss Nelson

Forwards: Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka, Folarin Balogun, Marquinhos


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