Gedion Zelalem, Isaac Hayden, Hector Bellerin, Serge Gnabry and trialist Ramy Bensebaini all remained with the first-team group for today’s training session prior to tomorrow’s Champions League qualifier, first-leg away to Fenerbahce.
22 players trained, with the only change from Friday’s session being the return of Nacho Monreal, who replaced Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the England youngster set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines following an injury sustained against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Monreal is not thought to be fit enough to travel with the squad to Turkey, but Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs, who were all doubtful, should be involved.
Thomas Vermaelen, Abou Diaby, Mikel Arteta and Ryo remain sidelined, whilst Nicklas Bendtner and Ju-Young Park were again absent.
For tomorrow’s game, manager Arsene Wenger is likely to be forced into just one change to his matchday squad from Saturday, with either Zelalem or Hayden replacing Oxlade-Chamberlain. Hayden may be the most likely option given the lack of central-defensive cover on the bench, but Bellerin is not thought to be required given the availability of Sagna and Carl Jenkinson, and, in any case, the Spanish youngster is not registered to play for the club in the Champions League at this stage of the competition.
Training group: Szczesny, Fabianski, Giroud, Ramsey, Koscielny, Walcott, Podolski, Gibbs, Zelalem, Hayden, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Bensebaini, Gnabry, Sanogo, Jenkinson, Frimpong, Rosicky, Monreal, Wilshere, Cazorla, Sagna.