Coquelin returns as several youngsters train with first-team

The first batch of Arsenal first-team squad members returned to training this week, and today saw them make their first forays onto the pitches at London Colney.

Source: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe)

Source: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe

Amongst those who participated was Francis Coquelin, back from his difficult loan spell at Freiburg, whilst there were several familiar faces on show including Wojciech Szczesny, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Mathieu Flamini, Yaya Sanogo, Nacho Monreal, Gedion Zelalem and Abou Diaby. Tomas Rosicky was surprisingly absent.

With many players afforded extra time off following their World Cup exertions, several players from the development squad also participated, including Chuba Akpom, Ignasi Miquel, Damian Martinez, Isaac Hayden, Jon Toral, Thomas Eisfeld and Hector Bellerin. This group will form the bulk of the squad that will face Boreham Wood and New York Red Bulls in the club’s first two friendlies this Summer.

Serge Gnabry, Ryo and Theo Walcott are all still recovering from injuries suffered last season.

Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla, whose countries all exited the World Cup in the group stages, are due to return to training later this month, with Joel Campbell, Lukas Podolski, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud scheduled to return in early August.

* Update- Kris Olsson and Julio Pleguezuelo also trained with the first-team today.



  1. coquelin no.35, suggesting he is not quite back in the first team picture. Interestingly Gibbs not wearing a number, I reckon he will be our new no.3 with debuchy our new no.2. bellerin 43, akpom 48. I know its only training numbers, but for me its an indication to these fellas that they all have work to do to get a number 31 or under.

  2. JB – As it stands (without confirmed signings) would you disagree with many of these?

    u18s (20 man squad)
    Ryan Huddart
    Elias Chatzitheodoris
    Tafari Moore
    Renny Smith
    Elliot Wright
    Stefan O’Connor
    George Dobson
    Kaylen Hinds
    Chris Willock
    Marc Bola
    Kristofer da Graca
    Aaron Jordan
    Chiori Johnson
    Stephy Mavididi
    Tyrell Robinson
    Harry Donovan
    Jonatas Centeno
    Mourgas Savvas
    Ben Sheaf
    Hugo Keto

    u21s (20 man squad)
    Wellington Silva
    Thomas Eisfeld
    Benik Afobe
    Semi Ajayi
    Matthew Macey
    Jon Toral Harper
    Hector Bellerin
    Isaac Hayden
    Kristoffer Olsson
    Jack Jebb
    Austin Lipman
    Chuba Akpom
    Glen Kamara
    Josh Vickers
    Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill
    Alex Iwobi
    Gedian Zelalem
    Julio Pleguezuelo
    Dan Crowley
    Ainsley Maitland-Niles

    1st team
    Tomas Rosicky
    Mikel Arteta
    Mathieu Flamini
    Per Mertesacker
    Santiago Cazorla
    Lukas Podolski
    Laurent Koscielny
    Thomas Vermaelen
    Nacho Monreal
    Abou Diaby
    Olivier Giroud
    Mesut Ozil
    Theo Walcott
    Kieran Gibbs
    Wojciech Szczesny
    Aaron Ramsey
    Jack Wilshere
    Carl Jenkinson
    Joel Campbell
    Damian Martinez
    Serge Gnabry
    Yaya Sanogo
    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    (This leaves us space for 5 new players)

    most likely leaving (permanent or on loan)
    Ignasi Miquel
    Samuel Galindo
    Johan Djourou
    Ryo Miyaichi
    Francis Coquelin
    Dejan Iliev

  3. Would love a review plus assessment of the season and the coming one in regards to Wellington Silva. Seems like even he could now get into the Brazil squad, lol.

    Please JB?

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