Training report- Gabriel returns; two youngsters and legend train pre-Man United


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Arsenal held their final training session at London Colney this morning prior to tomorrow’s Premier League game away to Manchester United.

Gabriel played a full part in the session after recovering from a hamstring injury, with the defender in contention to return to the squad tomorrow. Mesut Ozil, meanwhile, was rested from the session but should still play at Old Trafford.

Two members of the U21 squad- Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Krystian Bielik- were selected to train with the senior side, whilst legend Robert Pires, who announced his retirement this week, also trained. There was, however, no sign of Serge Gnabry, but it remains to be seen whether the winger will head out on loan in the near future.

Arsenal currently have six first-team players out injured, with Mikel Arteta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and Carl Jenkinson all out.

Of those, Arteta appears closest to a return, while Wilshere and Cazorla will hope to be back in action next month. Oxlade-Chamberlain faces a scan to determine to extent of his injury, and there are fears about whether Rosicky will feature again this season. Jenkinson is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines as a consequence of an injury he suffered whilst on loan at West Ham United.

With Oxlade-Chamberlain out, Theo Walcott may well be drafted into the starting line-up tomorrow, with Danny Welbeck still not at full sharpness. Gabriel could make the bench, while two fit first-team players- perhaps Mohamed Elneny and Alex Iwobi- will have to be left out of the squad entirely.

Possible team:

Cech

Bellerin-Mertesacker-Koscielny-Monreal

Coquelin-Ramsey

Walcott-Ozil-Sanchez

Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Gibbs, Chambers, Flamini, Campbell, Welbeck. 

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