Arsenal’s pre-season preparations continued apace at London Colney today, as the first match action, against Southampton and Anderlecht on Saturday, grows ever closer.
For one particular individual, today’s session was a memorable one as Kyle Bartley was told that he will be part of the first-team squad this season. The 21 year old, who joined from Bolton Wanderers five years ago, has experienced two separate loan spells at both Sheffield United and Rangers and, with Sebastien Squillaci poised to depart the club, looks set to add to his solitary appearance for the Arsenal first-team.
Another returning loanee, meanwhile, will be out on temporary transfer yet again with Wellington set to spend the forthcoming campaign in Spain, although his exact destination is not yet known. The Brazilian winger demonstrated glimpses of his potential whilst with Alcoyano last season following a troublesome spell with Levante, but it is hoped that this will be his final season away from the club before finally breaking into the first-team picture.
Some youngsters who were not involved with the main group yesterday, such as Chuks Aneke and Jernade Meade, trained today, with Arsene Wenger also taking time to cast his eye on the promising duo of Jon Toral and Serge Gnabry, who could be outside bets for cameos in the Capital One Cup this season.
It is expected that Arsenal will name a 22-man squad for the Markus Liebherr Cup this weekend, with the youngsters from outside the first-team squad particularly keen to impress in training in the hope of earning a place in the travelling party. After the weekend, the first-team and Reserves will go their separate ways, with the senior squad heading for a three-stop tour of Asia whilst the second-string will participate in four friendlies of their own.