Arsenal held their annual Members’ Day at Emirates Stadium today, with promising youngsters Jeff Reine- Adelaide and Alex Iwobi joining the first- team squad for training.
Serge Gnabry and Chuba Akpom were also present, as was Mathieu Flamini, but Tomas Rosicky was absent because of injury and Danny Welbeck, despite being in attendance at the stadium, also didn’t partake in the session.
Regarding youngsters, Isaac Hayden, Krystian Bielik, Dan Crowley and Gedion Zelalem weren’t called upon, although the latter trio may well represent the U19s at a tournament in South Africa this week.
Wojciech Szczesny is currently in Italy as his loan move to Roma edges closer to completion, whilst David Ospina was back in training today but may be short of sharpness ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield fixture against Chelsea.
Reine-Adelaide, who enjoyed an excellent Emirates Cup, was impressive in training again and there is a chance that he could make the bench on Sunday.
The players initially did some light stretches, before splitting into two groups, with Iwobi and Akpom amongst those who participated in a small-sided keep-ball session.
The goalkeepers trained separately, with summer signing Petr Cech receiving a good reception from the club’s supporters.
Over the next few days the training sessions will increase in intensity in the build- up to the Chelsea fixture, with Reine-Adelaide, Iwobi and Akpom all striving to convince Arsene Wenger that they should be in the squad at Wembley.
Players in training: Debuchy, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Koscielny, Arteta, Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud, Ospina, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Monreal, Cazorla, Flamini, Chambers, Bellerin, Martinez, Gnabry, Akpom, Cech, Coquelin, Iwobi, Reine-Adelaide.