• Mikel Arteta looking at four-day break in UAE
• Possible FA Cup replay could also affect Arsenal’s travel plans

Arsenal will assess security advice before deciding whether or not to press on with plans to spend a four‑day mid‑season break in Dubai, although the FA Cup could also interfere with Mikel Arteta’s intention to take his players away for warm‑weather training.

Arteta intends to take advantage of the Premier League’s mid-season break, which gives Arsenal a rare free weekend on 8 and 9 February, by decamping to the United Arab Emirates with the squad. They made a similar trip in March 2019 under Unai Emery but, with Manchester United having cancelled their plans to visit the Middle East because of tensions between the US and Iran, the club will take guidance before making a decision.

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