The first batch of Arsenal players will return to London Colney for training tomorrow morning, with each of them possessing different aims for the campaign ahead. One player who will be particularly determined to impress is 16 year old Gedion Zelalem, who enters his first full campaign as an Arsenal player after receiving an unprecedented amount of attention whilst still a schoolboy.
Zelalem featured four times for the U21s towards the end of the campaign, impressing with his ability to weave his way out of the most difficult situations, but will be especially eager to cement his claim for a place on the bench in the Capital One Cup this season.
There have been suggestions that it would be of greater benefit to Zelalem if the Germany U16 international were to start the new season in the U18s, for whom he is yet to make an appearance, but, such is his talent, the midfielder is instead likely to be one of the key players in the U21 set-up, whilst he will also aim to train with the first-team squad as often as possible.
Several of the players who were involved in international fixtures last month will not return until next week, providing the youngsters with an opportunity to train as part of the main group. Chuba Akpom and Isaac Hayden will also be aiming to impress tomorrow as they seek to book a place on the plane for the Asia Tour, whilst Chuks Aneke enters what could be a pivotal few weeks as far as his long-term future at the club is concerned.