White absence, Trossard shock - Four things spotted in Arsenal training ahead of Brentford clash


Mikel Arteta has been able to welcome back the majority of his international Arsenal stars to London Colney this week. The November international break was the final one of 2023 with the Gunners now facing 10 games before they year is over and to compete in each game Arteta will certainly need the full compliment of his squad.

Injuries have caused chaos for Arsenal already this season with Jurrien Timber, Thomas Partey and Emile Smith Rowe all dealing with either numerous issues or a severe muscular problem. Meanwhile, the likes of Ben White, Leandro Trossard, Bukayo Saka and Oleksandr Zinchenko have all suffered mostly minor injuries.

Brazilian duo Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli have each missed a month of action although both could be set to start in the same team for the first time this season. Having played in South America on Wednesday, the attacking pair, along with Gabriel Magalhaes will likely only partake in one training session before the clash against Brentford on Saturday.

However, Saka, Rice, Kai Havertz and several others who played in Europe have all been spotted back in north London ahead of the Premier League return this weekend. With that said, football.london has pulled together all the important things spotted in Arsenal training.

Injury latest

Arsenal have been hit by quite a few injury setbacks in the first few months of the 2023/24 season, to say the least. The latest concerns surround Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Jesus and Ben White with the trio experiencing vastly different international breaks.

For Jesus he played 90 minutes while on duty with Brazil against Argentina and he is yet to be seen in Arsenal training. Odegaard missed a significant chunk of action before the domestic pause but has since returned to training at London Colney with a number of sessions under his belt before the weekend.

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Meanwhile, there is less good news on White after the defender missed the 3-1 win against Burnley, as football.london understands. He is set to be assessed in the days leading up to the game with that further backed up by his absence from the latest set of Arsenal training photos.

Trossard shock

Leandro Trossard has handed quite the Arsenal dilemma to Mikel Arteta after two strong performances which resulted in two goals while playing the false 9 role when the Gunners were without Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Jesus.

The versatile 28-year-old continued that good form while on international duty with Belgium by adding another goal to his tally for the season. As one of the returning stars to training with the Gunners, Trossard was captured with a huge look of surprise on his face before he promptly places his left hand on his head.

Odegaard hint

Mikel Arteta having Martin Odegaard back available will be a huge boost, but now the decision centres on whether he should return to the starting XI straight away? Given the length of his absence, a place on the bench with a cameo role in the second half may not be the worst idea and that is what Arteta may have in mind.

From the training gallery of images uploaded to Arsenal's website, Odegaard is pictured with the ball at his feet while wearing an orange bib, while Rice is shown without one a few pictures later on without one. Small-sided games involving starters taking on those on the bench is common in the build up to games and that could be what is on show here.

Ramsdale chance

Aaron Ramsdale will make his first start for Arsenal in over two months as David Raya cannot play against Brentford. Despite reportedly having made the decision to make his loan from the Bees permanent, that cannot be activated until next summer and therefore the Premier League rule that states loan players are unable to feature against their parent clubs is in play.

One of Ramsdale's starts in the last few months did come at the Gtech Community Stadium with the 25-year-old keeping a clean sheet in a Carabao Cup victory. With Raya confirmed as out, Ramsdale will have two days of training to impress Arteta before he is deployed in between the sticks for the first time in a Premier League game since the 3-1 victory against Manchester United on Sunday, September 3.

With that in mind, Ramsdale was looking very focused in Arsenal training, despite his surprising comments about that made in the summer, as he prepares for what could be his final lifeline at Emirates Stadium.

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