Osei-Tutu and Saliba train with Arsenal squad before FA Cup final – Smith could make the bench

Arsenal held their final first-team training session today ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.

William Saliba, back from his loan spell at Saint-Etienne, isn’t eligible to play tomorrow but is training with the squad in preparation for next season.

The centre-back was joined by Jordi Osei-Tutu, who enjoyed a hugely productive conclusion to his loan spell at VfL Bochum.

Osei-Tutu’s Arsenal future remains unresolved amid rumours that Bochum want to sign him permanently but the fact that he was selected to train with the squad indicates that Mikel Arteta is at least interested in assessing the 21-year-old.

The usual contingent of youngsters – Matt Smith, Harry Clarke, Zak Swanson, Zech Medley, Daniel Ballard, Karl Hein and Trae Coyle – all trained with the squad today.

There is a possibility that Smith, who has already been on the bench for the first-team on five occasions, could be named amongst the substitutes at Wembley.

Cedirc Soares is cup-tied, while Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel Martinelli remain sidelined.

Hector Bellerin, who has recovered from injury, should be fit enough to feature, while Bernd Leno is back in training but Emiliano Martinez is still set to start in goal.

4 comments

  1. smith is near certain to be in the squad

    Martinez Leno
    Bellerin David Luiz Tierney Kolasinac Holding Sokratis Saka
    Maitland-Niles Smith Willock Torreira Xhaka Ceballos
    Pepe Nelson Aubameyang Lacazette Nketiah

  2. Arsenal is our team we need number 10 father than goutihno eg get somebody from league or championship they are used to league, I would like to see Thomas partey @ number 6,DANI CABALLEROS NO. 8 ,grelish 10, or Madison, and goutinho,Silva free,AUBA WIDE 11, zaha, and 9 lacazette,Celtic no 9.

  3. If Arteta is going to continue with using three at the back and wingbacks in some games then surely Osei-Tutu comes into the equation as a right wingback option next season. I wouldn’t sell him.

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