Arsenal flew out to Portugal for the pre-season friendly against Benfica without their captain, Cesc Fabregas.
The Spaniard, who has yet to feature for Arsenal in any of their pre season game to date, has been the subject of nonstop speculation all summer linking him with a return to Barcelona.
Earlier in the day Fabregas had trained with the rest of the Gunners squad ahead of the flight to Portugal, but was not on the list of players the Gunners confirmed as having actually made the trip.
Barcelona remain keen to bring their former trainee back to the Nou Camp however they will need to significantly increase their £27m offer for Arsenal to relent and sell their star prize.
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