Zelalem returns to first-team fold ahead of Cardiff game

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Gedion Zelalem rejoined the first-team for training today ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game against Cardiff City.

The Germany U17 international, who will sign his first professional contract next month, has primarily trained with the U21 side since returning from injury.

The 16 year old could make the bench tomorrow having not made the match day squad since the victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the start of September.

Arsenal are facing something of an injury crisis ahead of tomorrow’s game. Olivier Giroud and Kieran Gibbs have both been ruled out following injuries sustained during the victory over Newcastle United, with the pair joining Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Abou Diaby, Yaya Sanogo, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil on the sidelines.

In addition, Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal could miss out through illness, whilst Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky are also doubtful. Vermaelen and Walcott did, however, make it through the training session unscathed, suggesting that they could be involved in some capacity tomorrow.

Players in training today: Wojciech Szczesny, Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Serge Gnabry, Nicklas Bendtner, Lukas Podolski, Lukasz Fabianski, Carl Jenkinson, Ryo, Theo Walcott, Ju-Young Park, Gedion Zelalem, Emmanuel Frimpong, Emiliano Viviano.

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13 thoughts on “Zelalem returns to first-team fold ahead of Cardiff game

    arse-or-brain said:
    December 31, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    would it not be advantageous for B.O.O to train with the first team if both Kieran and nacho are out

      atid said:
      December 31, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      I would have thought so too. 19 training including 3 keepers looks like that is that.

    @lenadlm said:
    December 31, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Flamini at left back!

      DavidAttaka said:
      January 1, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Sagna LB Jenko RB

    Sam Kanu said:
    January 1, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Ju-Young Park is still alive? Wow…

      Ö said:
      January 1, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Frimpong too!

      We could have less than 11 other players available and these two still wouldn’t make the bench!

    NASLATBOY said:
    January 1, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    HW ARSENAL SCORE MANY GOAL WITH ATGG

    graham said:
    January 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    TV5 trained as well. If fit, i expect him to be our left back

      atid said:
      January 1, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      Well we scraped it that’s all that matters. Bendtner should have started. I know the fella is a prat but his goal record is not that bad he is closing in on 50 goals yet hasn’t started 85 matches yet. I would love to know his goals per min record in all comps.

        a morrow said:
        January 1, 2014 at 8:57 pm

        Bendtner was good when he came on against Newcastle as well and also against man city a few weeks ago. Has a lot more to his game than people give credit but is terribly injury prone as seen in loans away as well which means he spends months getting back to match fitness

        ziontrain said:
        January 1, 2014 at 9:28 pm

        Someone fell on Bendtner’s ankle today causing a sprain. Hardly evidence of a continuing trend of being “injury prone”. I mean you try having someome fall backwards on your ankle and see how you fare…

    Valentin said:
    January 1, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    With Giroud and Bentdner injured, Walcott and Podolski incapable to play the big man holding up play, the question is will Arsène Wenger trust Chuba Akpom to play against Spurs.
    With Adebayor in top form (I am sure that he will play in the FA Cup tie), we need somebody upfront. Benik Afobe is unlikely to be called upon to play that role.
    We can always hope for Yaya Sanogo to rise from his hospital bed and play, but miracles seem to be in short supply.

    ziontrain said:
    January 1, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    I suspect Wenger has Afobe higher than Akpom on the depth charts.

    Let’s also hope that with Podolski and or Walcott playing up front, Wenger has no further excuses for chaining Gnabry to the bench. Criminal under-use of talent….

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