Danny Welbeck was pictured back in training as he continues his recovery from a hamstring strain ahead of the north London derby.
With Olivier Giroud a doubt Welbeck, 26, could be in line for a return at the Emirates on Saturday. He was amongst several first team stars not on international duty who trained on Tuesday at the Arsenal’s London Colney base.
Prior to limping out of the Gunners’ 2-1 defeat at Watford on 14 October Welbeck had started six of Arsenal’s eight Premier League games. The hamstring problem picked up at Vicarage Road has kept him out of action since and ensured that Gareth Southgate could not call on his services for England’s internationals against Germany and Brazil.
Arsenal star Danny Welbeck was pictured back in training after getting over a hamstring strain
With Olivier Giroud a doubt Welbeck could be in line for a return at the Emirates on Saturday
First team stars Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin were also heavily involved in the session
Jack Wilshere, who was overlooked for England’s pair of friendly internationals, was in action
With Chile not in action over the international window Alexis Sanchez was heavily involved in the session as were Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal and Jack Wilshere – players all unwanted by their national teams for a variety of reasons.
Wilshere has been impressive when called upon by the Gunners this season, mostly in cup competitions, but has not done enough to earn an England recall.
The midfielder says he is maturing and is raring to take any opportunities that Arsene Wenger may throw his way.
‘I think [I have changed],’ Wilshere told the Arsenal Magazine. ‘I’m married now and I’ve got two kids, I’m 25.
Wilshere has been impressive when called upon this season, mostly in cup competitions
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger dishes out the advice to Welbeck during the Tuesday session
Chuba Akpom vies with Sanchez for the ball as the Arsenal players are drilled for duty
‘Since I was 18, 19 you do a lot of growing up. People say to you when you’re 21, 22 that you’ll grow up a lot in the next few years and you’re just like “Nah, no chance”. But then, when you look back, you were doing things at 21 that you wouldn’t think about doing now.
‘So I think I’ve changed, I’ve grown up. I’ve got a wife, two kids and I’m getting older now.
‘As you get older, you appreciate what you’ve got and your game time, your minutes and that you’re fit. Not just fit and playing, because I’m fit at the minute, and I’m not necessarily playing but I’m happy and I’m available for selection and that’s all you can ask for’