Olsson joins first-team for training as Bendtner returns

Chuba Akpom, Isaac Hayden and Kristoffer Olsson joined the first-team squad this morning for their final training session ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League encounter against Stoke City at Emirates Stadium.

The three youngsters were joined by a fellow Arsenal Academy graduate in Nicklas Bendtner, who returned to full training for the first time since the conclusion of his injury plagued loan spell with Juventus. Bendtner is unlikely to be in contention for the Stoke fixture, but could start against West Bromwich Albion in the Capital One Cup in midweek.

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Akpom, meanwhile, is likely to keep his place in the squad tomorrow with Yaya Sanogo still sidelined, but Hayden may miss out with Mikel Arteta set to return from injury. Emmanuel Frimpong was absent due to fitness issues, whilst Serge Gnabry, who shone in the UEFA Youth League against Marseille in midweek, will be hopeful of a recall to the squad at the expense of Ryo.

Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky, Sanogo, Lukas Podolski, Gedion Zelalem and Santi Cazorla are all still missing through injury.

Players involved in first-team training today: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Ozil, Ramsey, Walcott, Giroud, Wilshere, Fabianski, Flamini, Ryo, Monreal, Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Akpom, Hayden, Olsson, Bendtner, Gnabry.





    1. No but we have very good playmakers. I mean Özil can do a great job too. Probably better than most pure wingers. Wilshere and Özil can go inside a lot to switch play. Monreal LB and Gibbs LW.

      I’m pretty sure it is impossible to both have Ryo and Gnabry play from start.

  1. I love how Wenger is handling this team. Everyone is screaming for center backs and DM’s and striker but the truth is we have IMO very capable players coming through our youth system that are long overdue for playing opportunities. I’m particularly happy for Olsson… there is something very “Rosicky” about his playing style. Hope he continues to get opportunities.

    1. First of all learn to write properly and secondly, get behind the players.Bendtner is a Arsenal player right now so stop the idiotic negativity, it doesn’t help the players ok.

    2. He should try nd improve his game so dat we wik all love hin as a great striker dat is all. Plz let us give him another chance, I trust Wenger if he not good he will expose him.

  2. Bendtner whether anyone likes him is still an Arsenal player… being paid and must show his professionalism on the pitch (period)
    He may be just the player to spur Giroud to his best as the lethal striker the fans and Arsenal need!

  3. What’s going on with Frimpong? Has he got a niggle he is still dealing with or something? I noticed Wenger refuses to utilise him, even as a sub when we are holding on 1-0.

  4. Whatever the problem with Bendtner its up to him to get his career back on track…. He’s not got a move away…. So he needs to knuckle down and fulfill his potential otherwise Wenger needs to give the Youth their chance.

  5. Bendtners problem is not talent. He more talent than people realise. When he came here at 16 or 17 from Copenhagen he was actually a better player adjusted for agr: he held up the ball and oassed it at an outstanding level for a teenager, in addition to scoring. Frankly he made Lupoli look better. Very skinny and mobile for his size back then too.

    But then he stalled. His touch didnt improve, nor the passing. And he didnt gain any speed or explosiveness. So basically he has bern loafing off on the field and in the weight room. He has become heavier though, likely due to his well documented love for junk food and certain beverages that are high in calories, shall we say.

    But talent wise there is nothing that Giroud is achieving that’s beyond Bendtner’s capabilities. But look at the strides Giroud making. He is simply hungrier and harder working. I’d guess that 18 months from now, Giroud will be signing a contract for 100k per while Bendtner will be struggling to find any offers above 25k. All this laziness and love of nightlife is a collossal waste of Bendtner’s earning power and not just his talent.

    What’s shocking through all this is that Bendtners dad is his agent! So we cant excuse all this on bad advice from strangers who want his money and dont care where he is in 10 years. Either the parents are useless or Nick is an utter fool who doesn’t listen to them.

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