We have the first photos from an unlocked London Colney as Arsenal’s first team squad were put through their paces in small groups by Mikel Arteta’s coaching team.
Premier League clubs gave the green light to strict health and safety protocols on Monday meaning players and staff, after they were all tested for coronavirus, were allowed to start training in small groups on Tuesday. Social distancing measures remain in place and sessions are capped at 75 minutes.
Judging by club snapper Stuart MacFarlane’s pictures, the players look, on the surface, to be in decent shape. If any of them have been on the pies behind closed doors, they are doing a decent job of hiding it.
The big talking point – and don’t say we’re not a bastion of hard-hitting journalism – is the hair.
Unlike us mere mortals who tend to go at least a month between trims, Premier League footballers always seem to have barbers on speed dial. Their follicular experimenting is legendary.
However, denied access to their usual tonsorial artists, a few of our lads look like they’re verging on unkempt. It’s quite a sight.
Auba definitely needs a barber, Mesut’s got a Hugh Grant fringe, Martinelli is repping scruffy schoolboy vibes and Dani Ceballos and Reiss Nelson look positively wild.
Hector Bellerin shaved his head at the start of lockdown. Typically, it looks great. Kolasinac and Mustafi appear to have followed suit, possibly with cheaper clippers.
Elsewhere, Eddie Nketiah appears to be emulating ‘February 2002’ Thierry Henry and the bash brothers, Matteo Guendouzi and David Luiz, are still curly. Little surprise there.
Not too long ago, Cedric Soares – an Arsenal player, in case you forgot – revealed that he’d had his hairdresser teach his wife barbering basics over FaceTime so that she could sort his hair. His side parting is as organised as a George Graham backline. Well done that man.
Finally, there’s the boss. How does he do it? Not a hair out of place. Still dense and luscious and lego-like, it truly is a wonder of the world.
Anyway, here are a few of the best pics.