Pleguezuelo amongst 11 youngsters to train with Arsenal first-team ahead of Lens game


Arsenal held their final training session today ahead of tomorrow night’s opening pre-season friendly away to Lens.

A host of youngsters were in attendance, with Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Matt Macey, Krystian Bielik, Reiss Nelson, Marcus McGuane, Ben Sheaf, Julio Pleguezuelo, Stephy Mavididi, Matt Macey, Chris Willock and Gedion Zelalem all training with the senior squad.

The game against Lens will be a particularly significant occasion for Reine-Adelaide, who joined the Gunners from the French side last year. Pleguezuelo’s involvement in training, meanwhile, represents the first time he has linked up with the senior squad this pre-season.

Several of the aforementioned players are likely to be involved in tomorrow’s game, where they will be joined by the first-team players that have played a full part in pre-season training so far, namely Emiliano Martinez, Mathieu Debuchy, Per Mertesacker, Gabriel, Calum Chambers, Nacho Monreal, Kieran Gibbs, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alex Iwobi, Serge Gnabry, Yaya Sanogo and Chuba Akpom.

Joel Campbell could also be involved in tomorrow’s fixture. Petr Cech, Jack Wilshere and Granit Xhaka are all at London Colney after their international exertions but aren’t yet ready to play.

Hector Bellerin, David Ospina, Alexis Sanchez and Wojciech Szczesny are due back at the training ground soon, although Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey won’t return for a little longer.

Danny Welbeck, Carl Jenkinson and Santi Cazorla are all out injured.



  1. Looking ahead to the new season for the Reserves and Youths, this new Premier League 2 are for those who are under-23. Not many of those who are not now part of the First Team or those Reserves who may go out on loan will remain at the Club, thus making our Under-23 team very young indeed, in fact most will be under-19s.

    Will this act against the performance of the team or will the other teams in this League also have similar predicament ?

  2. You missed out Mesut Ozil….
    Joel Campbell – why only ‘could’ be involved?
    Santi Cazorla injured? Badly? Not heard this!!

  3. Could this be our “senior” starting eleven for the new Premier League 2?

    GK- Macey
    DF- Johnson, Chambers, Plueguezuelo, Holding
    M/F – Bielek, Zelalem, Chamberlain
    FW – Akpom, Iwobi, Adelaide

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