Arsenal have confirmed that Ben White and Thomas Partey are back in training having joined the first team squad in Dubai.
Judging by footage shared on social media by the club, the pair are being eased back into things with one of the fitness coaches so we suspect any involvement in Tuesday’s friendly with AC Milan will be limited.
It’s unclear at this point when they arrived in Dubai. Partey exited the World Cup with Ghana after losing to Uruguay in their final group game on 2 December. White had left England’s camp the day before for ‘personal reasons’ and is believed to have spent some time back in London.
Straight back to it 👊 pic.twitter.com/jabQEef62d
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 11, 2022
The next tranche of World Cup stars – Matt Turner, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Granit Xhaka – travelled straight to Dubai from Qatar following their sides’ respective defeats.
After some time on the beach, Turner should be back in action first. The USMNT went out to Holland on 3 December. Japan and Switzerland then lost their last-16 knockout matches with Croatia and Portugal on the 5 and 6 December.
England’s defeat to France and Brazil’s crushing shootout exit at the hands of Croatia means Bukayo Saka, Aaron Ramsdale and Gabriel Martinelli will also get some rest before the Premier League resumes on Boxing Day. While that won’t come as much of a consolation to them at this point, it’s definitely a bonus for Arsenal.
William Saliba is the only Gunner still on duty. He’ll be required through until next Saturday at least with France facing Morocco in a semi-final and then either the final or third-placed play-off. As things stand, he’s only played 27 minutes.