PICTURES: First team squad return for pre-season training

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Arsenal first team stars including Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck, Sead Kolasinac and Per Mertesacker returned to London Colney yesterday as pre-season preparations began.

The lads will spend the next week or so star jumping, shuttle running and lunging in advance of their trip to Australia and China.

Darren Burgess, our shiny new cone boy, was spotted strutting his stuff alongside Arsene Wenger [lead image] and word has it Shad Forsythe’s callipers were out in force as the club checked on how tubby its multi-millionaire athletes have become in the space of five weeks.

The full squad won’t be assembled until the eve of the Emirates Cup with many players either on or about to take holidays following their respective international duties.

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Ben

Transfer negotiations have taken their toll on Perez. Kolasinac looks rock solid – can’t wait to see him. Hopefully see Lacazette in the mix soon. After that just one more top signing needed and I’d be very pleased with the summers work.

kveb

Poor Gibbs looks haunted.

Chippys chip

BFG looks even bigger!! He was massive in may at wembley. Or is the camera on the floor?

Heavenly Chapecoense

Lacazette wasn’t far, doing his medicals, buddy. I have this feeling I experience every new season that our squad is strong and we will win the league and another FA cup.

RosickyLegend7

Don’t know if it’s just the picture but for the first time it seems as though Boss has put on some weight.

Roger

It’s all those meals he’s enjoyed with Mbappe’s dad…

Heavenly Chapecoense

Thought same thing, the little belly is there.

Rob2good

All kinda gainzzzzz

Paul

Great to see them, including Ozil and new boy Sead. Hope they are well rested.

Sean

Whatever happens between now and the end of the transfer window, happy that with Lacazette coming in as well as Kolasanic already there (and hopefully sticking to our back 3 system), a 2011/2013/2016 debacle of an opening *seems* pretty unlikely. Now if you guys don’t mind, I’m just gonna sit back and wait for this comment to bite me in the arse when Rambo’s hamstring goes 50 minutes into the Leicester game…

Goonie

I think we need a DM and Lemar or Mahrez. We’re not going to win the league with Theo on the right (if Ox leaves) still a lot of work to be done with this squad.

AmericanGooner

What about Bellerin in the right, no?

isaac

True.
Arsenal needs a strong,calm and stable DM
Also a creative, skillful and creative right winger
I’d say William Carvalho for the former and Riyad Mahrez for the latter!!!!!
. Join the discussion

1886_gunner

We all know Ox isn’t going anywhere, a commanding midfielder now and we’ll be good to go except we lose Alexis.

Heavenly Chapecoense

Wake up my friend, Ox scores average of 3 to 4 goals a season. Theo scored 19 last season. El Mar won’t be possible. Let’s secure Marhez.

Foggy Bottom

Looks as if Kolasinac ate one too many kebabs over the summer.

Chinaman

What did you expect him to break his Ramadan fast with? Veggies & Toast?

Rossi88

I can’t see pics?

My wig smells cheesy

Thank fuck. I can’t see them either and presumed I was just thick as mince! Someone help me please?

My wig smells cheesy

Ok, go to desktop mode and you can see them. Entirely underwhelming though…

Deano

Nice to see Ozil training early preseason, seems to have walked passed some paperwork on the way in though..

Princeravic

How bout Lacasette? Sky says medicals have been passed and all that’s left is dotting the “I”s…

Anonymarse

Must be a lot of “I”s

Gunnerjoe

You forgot about crossing the T’s

Jack

and the lower case j’s

John Lukic

Today they were dotting the i’s, tomorrow they’ll be crossing the t’s and on thursday we’ll sign Mbappe out of the blue.

d_lastgenius

I just have this feeling Arsene wiil do a repeat of the Sol Campbell unveiling.. *surprise*

King 14enry

The Jeff looks like he spent quite a bit of time in the gym over the summer – maybe this is his breakthrough year!

pope

Also received new squad number – 22

Merlin\'s Panini

I like the third photo where they’re trying to take off their pants without using their hands.

artofoz

Santi, please come bak

1886_gunner

Other than this news, nothing else is happening. It’s not like a certain Lacazette just completed his medicals and about to smash our almighty record.

Anonymarse

Giroud said in an interview he wants to stay.

Vonnie

Yay! I hope so.

Anonymarse

It’s on the Arsenal website

1886_gunner

I am glad he’s staying,his contributions to the team is immense.

Anonymarse

Good option to have for sure

Original Paul

Of course he did. Lacazette signing is immanent.

Ozil\'s left foot

Is it just me or does Chuba look like he ate an Akpom? Heck even Ozil looks bigger.
I am so glad about Sead finally someone in the team that can actually choke slam Terry.

Original Paul

The Oracle says Lacazette medical done and just paperwork to complete. He also says Arsenal have more targets but landing them depends on decisions from Alexis, Ozil and Ox. Exciting times imo.

Anonymarse

The Ornacle never lies.

Ale

When i’m looking the most banal thing like team training pictiures i see that even that i dont realy know them arsenal team fans this blog is like second family place to feel …

pajanee

Cech-hector musts kos kolasinac- ram xaka ozil- sanchez laca ox…very nice starting 11

Ozenal

Blogs, so how many additional goals will we score next season from penalties?

Goontang

Suppose that depends on how many times the opposition fouls us in the box…. and we dont have mike dean calling the match.