The irony is that one star - Robin Van Persie is missing from Arsenal's line-up as Arsenne Wenger gives some of his new talent a showcase. In the City camp, Roberto Mancini seems to have accepted his efforts to sign Van Persie look doomed to fail. He said as much to the press yesterday, as both Manchester United and Juventus look favourites.
Gone are the days when Premier League sides headed for secret training camps in Austria - Arsenal will spend two weeks in the Far East in what is a blatant commercially driven excecise - they follow the stint in China and the game against City with a trip to Malaysia, where Man United have already been!
With media and merchandising opportunities outstriping home sales for the top clubs it is no surprise that they all feel honour bound to fly east.