Arsenal held their final training session at London Colney this morning ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League Play-Off Round, 1st leg tie away to Besiktas.
With Kieran Gibbs missing owing to the injury he sustained on Saturday against Crystal Palace, Hector Bellerin and Ignasi Miquel joined Arsene Wenger’s squad for the workout. Bellerin, having been close to making the squad at the weekend, could travel to Turkey if Gibbs is ruled out.
Laurent Koscielny, who was also doubtful, came through the session unscathed and is likely to be involved tomorrow. Mathieu Flamini was absent against Crystal Palace but trained today and is set to return to the squad.
Theo Walcott, Serge Gnabry and Ryo are all at various stages in their respective comebacks from injury, with the latter likely to be the first of the trio to return to full fitness. Goalkeeper David Ospina remains out, with newly-promoted shot-stopper Emiliano Martinez poised to be named amongst the substitutes tomorrow.
World Cup winners Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski are in contention to the return to the side against Everton on Saturday. Abou Diaby is available but is likely to remain in England to do fitness work.
Players in training today: Szczesny, Martinez, Debuchy, Chambers, Koscielny, Arteta, Alexis, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Sanogo, Giroud, Monreal, Coquelin, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell, Flamini, Bellerin, Miquel.