Pre- Wigan training report: Rosicky, Gibbs, Toral and Eisfeld involved

Hector Bellerin, Thomas Eisfeld and Jon Toral joined the first-team squad this morning for their final training session ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup Semi-Final against Wigan Athletic.

Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky, who were classed as doubts for this fixture, all came through the workout unscathed and could be part of the squad tomorrow.

Mathieu Flamini is suspended, whilst Lukas Fabianski will start in goal. Abou Diaby continued to train individually, with Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Laurent Koscielny, Theo Walcott and Ryo all still unavailable. Serge Gnabry was not present, suggesting that the German winger is not yet fully recovered from the injury he suffered last week. Nicklas Bendtner is set to return to England on Monday.

Players in training today: Szczesny, Fabianski, Viviano, Sagna, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Monreal, Arteta, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Rosicky, Podolski, Giroud, Sanogo, Bellerin, Eisfeld, Toral, Kallstrom, Ramsey. 



  1. Hector Bellerin has what Arsenal fist team lack and that’s drive and penetration, many-times he take the ball and drive forward which is a great trait to have, he would offer more to the fist team than Podolski. He train as a fullback, and that’s good at youth level he will develop stamina, but he looks like he will be a good forward in the future.

    1. Yeah but its all about performance. You never knows what can happen in 2 years time. Bellerin seems to have good link up play with good work rate too. He can score goals and makes assist. Very versatile when he played in midfield in Capital Cup.

      He might be better than Jenkinson next season or even Podolski in the flanks. Podolski hasn’t been extremely good this season.

      1. That would true, except that Podolski plays on the left and Bellerin on the right. The problem is that Podolski is not a winger. When facing 3-5-2 or even a 5-4-1 as it was yesterday, he does not the skills, nous to dribble his direct opponent and create opening for himself or a teammate.
        The Ox plays on the right and nobody in their right mind would suggest to drop him when he has been our best player since he came back from injury.
        The one who should make place for Bellerin is Cazorla who has been disappointing for a while now. He clearly tries to avoid any injury for the World Cup.
        The problem is that looking in the academy, there is no winger coming through the rank. With WELLINGTON and Galindo failing to make the grade, that Portuguese lad is our best hope at the academy level.

        Jorge, any idea if that Canadian kid on trial would come back for another trial or be offered a deal for next season?

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