Chambers, Wilshere & Pires train ahead of Doncaster visit

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A host of Academy stars trained with the first team today with Arsene Wenger set to ring the changes for tomorrow night’s League Cup game with Doncaster Rovers at the Emirates.

Under the watchful gaze of Arsene Wenger, Jens Lehmann, Shad Forsythe and Robert Pires *swoon*, the likes of Jo Willock, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah, Josh Dasilva, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Chuba Akpom and Marcus McGuane all strut their stuff.

They were joined by the lesser spotted Calum Chambers and Jack Wilshere, as well as first-team regulars Alex Iwobi, Olivier Giroud, Rob Holding, Theo Walcott, Per Mertesacker, David Ospina, Aaron Ramsey, Mohamed Elneny, Shkodran Mustafi, Alexis Sanchez, Nacho Monreal and Granit Xhaka.

How do we know all this? Because Arsenal broadcast the first 20 minutes of the session live on YouTube. You can watch the lads doing their star jumps and sprints in the video below…

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Pedant
Pedant
2 years ago

Play all three of Chambers, Wilshere & Pires please.

Das Neck
Das Neck
2 years ago
Reply to  Pedant

Pires, first name on the team sheet

bendtnerschristmastree
bendtnerschristmastree
2 years ago
Reply to  Das Neck

Get Mad Jens in there as well

Serpent
Serpent
2 years ago

I’m all for letting Lehmann try out his managerial skills in the EFL games.

GoonerJust
GoonerJust
2 years ago
Reply to  Pedant

Don’t forget Mad Jens

The Limp Bar
The Limp Bar
2 years ago
Reply to  Pedant

-2 downvotes for wanting Pires? End of days.

arsepedant
arsepedant
2 years ago
Reply to  The Limp Bar

Indeed, who the fuck would downvote that? Pires to start!

espen
espen
2 years ago
Reply to  arsepedant

Hidden spuds fans around arseblog!

Lula
Lula
2 years ago
Reply to  The Limp Bar

probably hands shaking with excitement and hit the wrong button. its understandable.

Perry
Perry
2 years ago

Corr if Pires played….

Carlos _ Santana
Carlos _ Santana
2 years ago

Get Rob in the 77 shirt!

Rich
Rich
2 years ago

Have a sneaky feeling we’ll win the league cup this season.
We’re long overdue.
Hopefully it’ll open up nicely for us, and we can use it as a tool to keep squad players fresh along with the Europa league.

Arsene usually pulls something out of the bag, I think the title’s beyond us.
But a European Trophy and one of the domestic cups would go down a treat.

Dave M
Dave M
2 years ago
Reply to  Rich

And it would mean we automatically qualify for the Europa league

Vedant
Vedant
2 years ago
Reply to  Rich

Nothing other than a league title will or should “go down a treat”! Don’t you think we’re long overdue in that respect too?

edwould
edwould
2 years ago
Reply to  Vedant

Mate, there’s 72 teams in the football league and 20 in the Prem. Are you saying that you can’t enjoy supporting a football team unless you come top out of all of them? What does that mean for fans of the other 91? I’m not sure I could keep supporting a football team if that was my attitude.

Winning the Europa and another cup this season would be fucking great.

Rich
Rich
2 years ago
Reply to  Vedant

We’re certainly overdue a league title…. unfortunately I think there’s better teams with better tacticians, who also have owners with more ambition.
Hopefully I’m greatly underestimating the team and manager?

bendtnerschristmastree
bendtnerschristmastree
2 years ago

Just start Jack, Callum and Riess and I’ll be satisfied. Although it would be tough playing with just three men.

JohnH
JohnH
2 years ago

God knows how we struggle with 11 players so 3 would be quite something ?

SB Still
SB Still
2 years ago

Hope to Chambers and Wilshire get a start.

Also, hopefully a decent plan (not AMN or Kolasinac) for LWB.

Maybe even dream of Walcott learning to play the 3421 system!

Tapps
2 years ago
Reply to  SB Still

One step at a time. Lets teach Walcott how to play first – before we start burdening him with formations.

Jimbo Jones
Jimbo Jones
2 years ago
Reply to  Tapps

Hilarious! But sadly true

sixteen swans
sixteen swans
2 years ago

We seem to have a solid mid-week group of players that includes Ospina, Mertesacker, Maitland-Niles, Walcott, Holding, Elneny, Nelson, and Giroud. Add to these the likes of Wilshere, Reine-Adelaide, Chambers, and one or two others and it becomes apparent what tomorrow night’s eleven will look like. Regardless of the promise of Pires starting, the player I still most want to see in action will be Reiss Nelson. Just two and a bit months until his eighteenth birthday he’s as exciting a talent as we’ve had since Fabregas. He’s not only technically outstanding, but he produces goals and assists as well.… Read more »

Mean Lean
2 years ago

Hoping neither of Monreal or Sead start. Even if it means using a youngster like Josh Dasilva who I think is playing LWB for the youth team. That’s the issue we have with playing both our LWBs in the same team. What about the following?.. ————–Ospina Chambers Mertesacker Holding Nelson Elneny Wilshere Dasilva —–Walcott Giroud Iwobi I suspect Arsene will play Maitland-Niles at LWB to squeeze him in though, unless he plays in centre midfield ahead of Wilshere. A 4-2-3-1 would suit this second team better if we had any actual back up full backs. That way we could fit… Read more »

Okaka1
Okaka1
2 years ago
Reply to  Mean Lean

What of mathieu debauchery? Where will he fit in?

arsepedant
arsepedant
2 years ago
Reply to  Okaka1

No chance. He’s injured again.

Spanish Gooner
Spanish Gooner
2 years ago

Really hope we see Reiss Nelson in a genuinely attacking position for this game. RWB is nice and might suit him but doesn’t allow him the freedom of expression I would like him to have. I’d like to see AMN there, or Debuchy with AMN in Central midfield.

7dxb78
7dxb78
2 years ago

Had a look at the video and also the one last week.

Looks like, to me at least, we have some players who play well on game day but don’t look like “good trainers”. Of course the performance in the games is all that counts.

Not sure my expectations were correct or that the video is edited but I think I expected higher intensity than we have seen in the bits that have been shared. Maybe just the editing?

COYG

Jimbo1
Jimbo1
2 years ago
Reply to  7dxb78

The clips always show them ambling around. Must be some PR exercise to make them look relaxed or something, but presumably they have hard sessions otherwise they would never make it through real games.

GunnersPH
GunnersPH
2 years ago

What’s up with Alexis not following any of the drills haha

Lula
Lula
2 years ago

Really hope they take their chance to put their case forward to make the first team to Wenger. Chambers, Wilshere and Pires.

thehandygooner
thehandygooner
2 years ago

*swoon* Ha Ha Ha!!!!!

Izell
Izell
2 years ago

heyyyyyyyyyy Alexis is back