Given the stretched nature of his squad owing to injuries and fitness concerns, Arsene Wenger called upon four members of Terry Burton’s U21 side to train with the first-team today ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League fixture with Schalke.
The presence of Serge Gnabry was already expected, with the 17 year old likely to remain in the squad having made his Premier League debut away to Norwich City at the weekend, but he was also joined by Ignasi Miquel, Jernade Meade and Kristoffer Olsson, three players who featured as the U21s dispatched of Everton yesterday.
Jack Wilshere, Bacary Sagna and Emmanuel Frimpong, who also played in that game, weren’t present at today’s session, suggesting that they will not be involved tomorrow, whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hip) also sat out proceedings. There was a slither of good news as Laurent Koscielny returned to training and the Frenchman is likely to be in the squad tomorrow, but Lukasz Fabianski (back), Theo Walcott (lung), Tomas Rosicky (tendon), Kieran Gibbs and Abou Diaby (both thigh) and Wojciech Szczesny (ankle) all remain out.
James Shea will again make the bench as Damian Martinez is suspended for European competition.
subs: Shea, Djourou, Gervinho, Gnabry, Arshavin, Chamakh, Mertesacker.