Nine Arsenal youngsters train with first-team on first day of pre-season

The first batch of Arsenal players, largely comprised of those who did not participate in international fixtures in June, returned to London Colney today for pre-season training, and, as ever, there was a strong contingent of young players involved in training with the main group.

There were nine first-team players who joined in full-training, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Marouane Chamakh, Carl Jenkinson, Theo Walcott, Lukasz Fabianski, Ryo, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs all involved, whilst Jack Wilshere trained separately with the fitness coaches.

Emmanuel Frimpong did gym work indoors as he is still recovering from an injury sustained whilst on loan at Fulham, with Abou Diaby also currently sidelined. The next batch of players are due to return on Monday, with Wojciech Szczesny, Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny, Tomas Rosicky, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Gervinho all due to return in time for the club’s four-stop pre-season tour of Asia.

Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal, meanwhile, will be afforded several weeks off following their exploits with Spain at the Confederations Cup, whilst Yaya Sanogo is still participating in the U20 World Cup with France. Nicklas Bendtner is poised to depart the club, whilst a decision has yet to be made over Joel Campbell. Andre Santos’ loan deal with Gremio does not officially expire until the end of July, but Johan Djourou and Francis Coquelin have both already departed on loan for the forthcoming campaign to Hamburg and Freiburg respectively.

As far as the youngsters are concerned, Damian Martinez, Nico Yennaris, Thomas Eisfeld, Chuks Aneke, Serge Gnabry, Gedion Zelalem, Ignasi Miquel, Chuba Akpom and Kristoffer Olsson all trained with the first-team, with several members of that batch hoping to earn a seat on the plane for the trip to Asia.

The following young professionals were also present, but trained in a separate group, except for right-back Hector Bellerin, who is preparing for the U19 European Championships. The 18-year-old signed a new, long-term contract with Arsenal today.



  1. Surprising not to see Bellerin training with the first team. At 18, with the way he played last season, you’d think he’d be involved in that group.

  2. @Rexington, read the story again.
    The earlier Arsenal wrap up their deals, the better it’s gonna be for this team. Let ’em get to know each other early enough as it’ll help ’em bedding in.

  3. From what I can gather wellington galindo and campbell have all got their work permits. Campbell because he has played enough internationals whilst wellington and galindo have gained spanish citizenship. However I have seen no official confirmation or reports on this.

    Anyone else know?

    It would be really interesting to see the 3 of them alongside sanogo in the under 21s before they head out on loan.

    1. Maybe the first part of the season before we start fa and carling cup. I don’t see the need for loan for them anymore and they are all under 21, they can play in the next gen till they are ready. especially wellington had hard time on loan, I hope they fastrack him for first team he get a sub role till he’s ready.

    1. what did frimpong do? he scored 10 owns last season?
      arsene wenger gets rid of players for 2 reasons. 1. they are complete failure 2. demanding first team football when he thinks they are not ready. has coquelin kept quiet he will still be here and frimpong will be stupid to do the same.

  4. the way Zaha tries to dribble looks really clumsy and he fails to be effective a lot of times. I can’t see how he is suppose to be a great player for united. Chamberlain looks a ton better. I am very curious about wellington this season. I hope he will prove the doubters wrong.

      1. Jeorge, what is the playing status of Galindo, Wellington and Campbell?
        Are they available to us this season as suggested earlier. Any idea mate??

      2. A formal decision hasn’t been made yet on any of them. Wellington is already back in training and the other two will be soon. Then we need to decide whether to apply for one for each of them.

      3. Jeorge, I saw Galindo play in an Arsenal XI at Stevenge 2 summers ago, so I suppose it’s possible that one or all of them could be involved in reserve pre-season friendlies…
        Guess I’ll find out at Sutton in a few days time…

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