Arsenal have confirmed that both Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud took part in first team training and will travel to Marseille for the first Champions League group stage game of the season.
The duo have overcome illness and a swollen knee respectively to make the trip, while Per Mertesacker and teenagers Isaac Hayden and Chuba Akpom have also been included in the squad. Emmanuel Frimpong and Serge Gnabry missed the cut.
In other news, Semi Ajayi has taken to Twitter to confirm he’s joined Arsenal from Charlton on a permanent basis. The 19-year-old centre-back, who scored during his time on trial against Blackburn’s under-21s, revealed the following news about his free move.
“Delighted to announce that I have officially signed for @Arsenal FC. Can’t wait to see what the next two seasons here have in store for me.
It was sad to end my ten year spell with charlton this summer but I can’t speak highly enough of all of the wonderful people I met during ..my ten years there & I wish all those at @CAFCofficial the best for the future as I will always have a soft spot for the club & it’s fans.”