Alex Lacazette looks set to be part of Arsenal’s squad to face Newcastle on Sunday after taking part in first team training today.
The Frenchman has been nursing an ankle injury for a couple of weeks since limping off in the Emirates Cup and missed last weekend’s match with Barcelona.
New boys David Luiz, Nicolas Pepe, Dani Ceballos and Gabriel Martinelli also trained (pictures), as did youngsters Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Bukaya Saka.
Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac, ruled out of the game due to ongoing security issues, were absent. We also know that Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Dinos Mavropanos and Emile Smith Rowe are out injured.
While plenty of players are available, the fact some have had more of a pre-season than others makes picking a team slightly more complicated for Emery.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Pepe and Torreira, who were both late back from international duty, started on the bench, which could mean a starting XI that looks a bit like:
Ainsley Maitland-Niles | Calum Chambers | Sokratis | Nacho Monreal
Granit Xhaka | Joe Willock
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Henrikh Mkhitaryan | Reiss Nelson
That would leave Emi Martinez, David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Mohamed Elneny, Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka fighting for the seven slots on the bench.