Arsenal will head to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp next week as part of new winter break after avoiding FA Cup fourth-round replay with victory over Bournemouth
- The Gunners have confirmed the trip after booking spot in FA Cup fifth round
- Arsenal beat Bournemouth 2-1, avoiding a replay during the new winter break
- Mikel Arteta’s side travel to Burnley on Sunday before having a fortnight off
Arsenal will head to Dubai next week for a warm-weather training camp.
The Gunners have confirmed the trip, which will run from the February 7-11, after booking their spot in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday night.
Arsenal beat Bournemouth 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium, avoiding a replay that would have taken place next week and ended their hopes of going on a mid-season break.
Arsenal will head to Dubai next week for a warm-weather training camp as part of winter break
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Manager Mikel Arteta said: ‘As we prepare for several key fixtures, we are looking forward to a change of routine with some warm-weather training.
‘Dubai is a fantastic place and the football facilities there are first class. It will do us good to experience a change of environment before we enter a crucial part of the season.’
Arsenal travel to Burnley on Sunday before having a fortnight off before they return to against Newcastle and a replay would have been hugely disruptive as Arteta is keen to also give his players some time off to spend with their family.
Now he can proceed with his plan A for the mid-season interval after his side’s win against the Cherries.
Emirates-sponsored Arsenal went to Dubai last year during the international break and played a friendly against Al-Nasr Dubai SC.
This trip will be purely a training one with one of the conditions of the newly-introduced winter break stating that clubs cannot use it to play money-generating matches.
The Gunners have confirmed the trip after booking their spot in FA Cup fifth round on Monday