Walcott and Koscielny return as six youngsters train with Arsenal first-team pre-Sunderland

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Theo Walcott, Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs are all in contention to make the squad for Arsenal’s Premier League game at home to Sunderland tomorrow after they played a full part in today’s training session.

In addition, six youngsters- Alex Iwobi, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Chris Willock, Julio Pleguezuelo, Glen Kamara and Josh Dasilva- all trained with the first-team at London Colney today.

There is likely to be a space on the bench for one of those players tomorrow, and it could go to Iwobi, with Reine-Adelaide in contention to feature for Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup against West Bromwich Albion tonight.

Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere both have calf problems and could return on Boxing Day against Southampton, with Alexis Sanchez, who has been struggling with a hamstring injury, also provisionally pencilled in for that fixture.

Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck, who are both yet to feature this season because of serious knee injuries, could be back in January.

Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are also out with knee problems and aren’t set to return until February and March respectively.

Possible team:




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Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gabriel, Chambers, Gibbs, Walcott, Iwobi. 



  1. Keep on hearing rumours that the chronic health issues such as muscle and joint injuries (due to higher stress/shock rate) could be directly influenced by the kind of pitch that is laid out at our training grounds and stadium, a friend of mine, a season ticket holder, had a chance to have a runaround on emirates pitch in a families tournament and did mention that the pitch is ‘hard as concrete’ so to say… One wonders could there be anything to it?

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