Bellerin, Ajayi and Olsson train with first-team ahead of Bayern Munich game

Hector Bellerin, Kristoffer Olsson and Semi Ajayi all joined the first-team squad for their final training session at London Colney this morning ahead of tomorrow night’s Champions League encounter with Bayern Munich.

The inclusions of Olsson and Ajayi, who featured as the U21s lost 2-1 to Reading last night, were not too surprising, but Bellerin was involved after being abruptly recalled from his loan spell with Watford, which was due to last until the end of the season.

After impressing during his early outings for the Hornets, Bellerin had become something of a peripheral figure at Vicarage Road following the departure of Gianfranco Zola. It is not currently clear whether he will remain with Arsenal for the rest of the campaign or head out on loan elsewhere. Bellerin made eight appearances for the Championship side.

Bellerin’s recall coincides with the injury suffered by fellow right-back Tafari Moore whilst playing for the U21s last night, although it is understood that Arsenal would have recalled the Spaniard regardless of the severity of the injury to Moore.

None of the three U21 players who trained with the squad are expected to be involved in any capacity tomorrow night, although Olsson is the only member of the trio currently eligible to play in the Champions League.

Arsenal have no new injury concerns going into this game, with Tomas Rosicky poised to return to the squad after being rested at the weekend.

Mikel Arteta is suspended, whilst Abou Diaby, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Thomas Vermaelen and Kim Kallstrom are all sidelined.

It would appear that Wenger only has two major decisions to make with regards to his team selection. Firstly he has to choose between Rosicky and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to start on the right flank, whilst also selecting either Serge Gnabry or Nicklas Bendtner for the final place amongst the substitutes.

Possible team: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny; Gibbs; Flamini, Wilshere; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Cazorla; Giroud. Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Monreal, Rosicky, Podolski, Sanogo, Bendtner.



    1. Bayern is a world class team. I doubt he will get a chance.

      ..özil wilshere-Rocisky

      fabianski, cazorla, monreal, vermaelen, podolski, sanogo, jenkinson

      Gnabry will have a hard time to get into the bench.. Not sure what happened with Vermaelen and why he didn’t even was on the bench for Liverpool. Sanogo will battle with Gnabry for a spot.

      1. Vermaelen is injured. I think wilshire will play alongside Flamini. Cazorla or podolski left and then it’s a choice of chamberlain or rosicky right.

      2. Gibbs and Vermaelen out. Hopefully no long term and hopefully Gnabry can start playing again. I think Özil needs to rest his tire legs. Sanogo is better than Giroud in my eyes. Hopefully he play more often.

  1. Bellerin was playing well and regularly for Watford as a wing back until Zola was sacked, he looks like a good prospect.
    For tomorrow night I would like to see Rosicky start in place of Santi and Gnabry on the bench for Bendtner. I also wonder what Girouds mental state will be like.

  2. Has Jon Toral ever been invited to train with the first team? it seems to me like he’s been completed ignored by the first team staff despite being, in my book, one of the most talented if not the most talented member of the U21s

  3. Jorge, I thought that Ajayi was not on Arsenal champion’s league. Not on A and could not be on B as he has been less than two years with us.
    Do you think that he is likely to make it at Arsenal, with the noise that AFC is interested in Nottingham Forrest teenage centre half?
    It makes sense to recall Bellerin so he can train with the first team rather than rotting in Watford’s reserve. With the coming games in the U21 league, Youth Cup and Youth Champion’s league competitions, he will have some playing time.
    What’s your opinion of Eisfeld? To me, he looks like a lite Ramsey (not necessarily a bad thing) however some games pass him by. Still he has a knack for very good late run into the box and some very predatory goal instinct.

    1. Ajayi’s not registered for the Champions League, but still trained today as we were short on centre-backs. Next season will be decisive for his Arsenal career and I think much could depend on how he does in pre-season, especially if he gets to play for the first-team in some of their friendlies.

      Eisfeld has promise, but his goalscoring rate has dried up a little of late and when he doesn’t score he doesn’t always offer much else in terms of his overall play. He still has a chance of making it here, but really needs a loan spell at this stage of his development.

      On Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 5:48 PM, Jeorge Bird's Arsenal Youth wrote:


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