Lucas Torreira and Stephan Lichtsteiner trained with their new Arsenal teammates for the first time yesterday as the Gunners stepped up preparations for their first game of the season in 13 days time.
Unai Emery also met Granit Xhaka, Joel Campbell and Nacho Monreal for the first time after they returned from their respective post-World Cup holidays.
The foursome has been pictured running, lifting, pushing, lunging, smiling, growling, sweating, listening, jumping, pointing and kneeling. That Darren Burgess fella really has taken things to the next level.
As things stand, the only player missing from the group is Danny Welbeck. Despite playing only 10 minutes in Russia, the England international endured the longest wait for his summer holiday due to the inconvenience of making the World Cup semi-final.
Arsenal travel to Dublin this afternoon ahead of tomorrow night’s friendly with Chelsea at the Aviva Stadium. Presumably, on Thursday, they’ll fly straight to Stockholm before facing Lazio in our last pre-season match on Saturday evening.