Arsenal begin preparations for new season


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Arsenal stars who were not involved in Euro 2016 and Copa America returned to training for the first time on Wednesday.

In the absence of players such as Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, new signing Granit Xhaka, and Alexis Sanchez, who was player of the tournament as Chile won the Copa America for the second time in two years, Arsene Wenger had the chance to watch some of his fringe players more closely, with Yaya Sanogo back in training after a loan spell at Charlton last season, Chuba Akpom, who helped Hull to promotion, and Mathieu Debuchy, who was on loan at Bordeaux, all returning.

Among those involved were two England wingers who were not selected for the Euros, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, as well as left backs Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs, Per Mertesacker, who captained the side for much of last season in the absence of now-departed Mikel Arteta, Central defenders Calum Chambers and Gabriel.

Promising teenager Jeff Reine-Adelaide, who was spotted wearing the No 20 shirt in the session. The French midfielder wore No 54 last season. The fact that he has seemingly been given Mathieu Flamini’s old shirt number would suggest a greater involvement this season.

Alex Iwobi also took part in the training session after Arsenal have blocked him from playing for his country at the Rio Olympics.

Nigeria’s under-23 coach Samson Siasia says he understands why Arsenal have blocked Alex Iwobi from playing for his country at the Rio Olympics and added “I think some people in the media just love to sensationalise and fabricate stuff.”

With the football due to start on 3 August it would mean Iwobi missing the start of the Premier League season, a competition which free football betting tips found on ThatsAGoal.com.

The Arsenal boss, has one year remaining on his contract at the Emirates and upcoming season may prove to be crucial on the decision the the club and the manager make.

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