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.
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.