Santi Cazorla returns to London today to begin his pre-season training.
The Spanish international had been given an extended break following his participation in the Confederations Crap which took place in Brazil earlier in the summer.
The former Malaga man earned the rest too, he was the only player to be ever-present in the Premier League for the Gunners last season and, in his first campaign in England, that’s quite something.
“I’m very happy in London,” Cazorla told Marca last week when the nonsensical story linking him with Atletico Madrid was put to him, and he’ll be looking to build on such an impressive first season in English football.
It seems unlikely that he’ll be involved in this weekend’s Emirates Cup having had so little time to prepare.
Nacho Monreal also comes back today, but is suffering a back injury which Arsene Wenger admitted leaves him short in at left-back with Thomas Vermaelen ruled out for three months.
Monreal will be assessed by medical staff on his return and we should get a clearer picture of his situation as the week progresses.