London Colney played host to the first formal pre-season session today with first team stars joined by a number of Academy prospects.
Per Mertesacker, Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Debuchy, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Nacho Monreal, Mathieu Flamini, Gabriel and Hector Bellerin all feature in snaps taken by club photographer Stuart MacFarlane.
Youngsters Dan Crowley, Gedion Zelalem, Chuba Akpom and Chris Willock were also put through their paces by fitness coaches Shad Forsythe and Tony Colbert. Returning loanees Jon Toral, Yaya Sanogo and Wellington Silva also took part, as did 17-year-old new signing Jeff Reine-Adelaide.
Wellington secured a Spanish passport in April making him eligible to play in England for the first time since he joined Arsenal in 2011. The Brazilian attacking midfielder, who spent last season at Almeria, wore the number 46 shirt.
Interestingly it looks as though Bellerin has inherited the 24 shirt recently vacated by Abou Diaby. Last year the Spaniard wore 39. Chuba Akpom’s squad number appears to have changed from 38 to 31.
There’s not much more to report other than the training pitches look lush and green, Arsene Wenger was smiling and the new Puma clobber looks swish.
The rest of the first team are expected to filter back in drips and drabs over the course of the next few weeks. The players who featured in Euro 2016 qualifiers at the end of the season should be back next, followed by Copa America duo David Ospina and Alexis.
Joel Campbell will likely be the latest returnee – if he comes back at all – as he’s on Costa Rica international duty at the Gold Cup.