Campbell, Bennacer + Bellerin train as Arsenal first-team prepare to face Crystal Palace


Arsenal held their final training session ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League game away to Crystal Palace, with recent young signing Ismael Bennacer participating in proceedings. With the U21s having played last night and the U18s also in action today, Bennacer was one of the few youngsters available to train with the senior squad.

Hector Bellerin also trained after recovering from a slight injury, whilst Joel Campbell was back in training despite being heavily linked with a move to Palermo.

Jack Wilshere didn’t participate in the training session as he continues his recovery from injury, whilst Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky are still out with long-term knee problems.

Players in training today: Cech, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Coquelin, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud, Cazorla, Ospina, Gibbs, Debuchy, Gabriel, Sanchez, Walcott, Arteta, Flamini, Chambers, Bellerin, Campbell, Bennacer.

Manager Arsene Wenger faces some difficult selection decisions as his side seek to respond to the disappointing defeat to West Ham United.

Hector Bellerin should replace Mathieu Debuchy at right-back, whilst Santi Cazorla could move back centrally alongside Francis Coquelin.

Alexis Sanchez is in contention to return to the starting line-up, whilst there is considerable competition for places on the right flank, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain having started the season in good form. However, it seems unlikely that Wenger will drop Aaron Ramsey from his starting line-up, with the Welshman likely to be involved from the offset in some capacity.

The other dilemma relates to the centre-forward position, with neither Theo Walcott or Olivier Giroud having cemented their place in the starting line-up. Walcott could well start after Giroud struggled against West Ham, but the Frenchman is arguably better suited to playing against physical opponents such as Palace.

Possible team:

Cech

Bellerin-Mertesacker-Koscielny-Monreal

Cazorla-Coquelin

Ramsey-Ozil-Sanchez

Walcott

Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gibbs, Gabriel, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud. 

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