5 things we noticed when Arsenal formed as new signings involved for the first time


New Arsenal signing Willian joined his new teammates for the first time as Mikel Arteta put his squad to the test on Friday. The Brazilian has been on leave since leaving Chelsea after being involved in European competition with the Blues following the end of the Premier League.

He was not involved in Arsenal’s Community Shield victory but has now teamed up with his teammates for his first session at London Colney.

Mesut Ozil was also back with Arteta’s squad, although new signing Gabriel Magalhaes has yet to start training after recently completing his move from Lille.

Here are five things we noticed during Arsenal’s last session.

Willian looked focused in his first session with the Gunners

Eager to impress

Willian looked relaxed during his first session as he smiled alongside his teammates on the field path.

But once he got into action, he looked fully focused and eager to impress.

Arteta is expected to deploy the Brazilian in a central role which has mostly been used on the right during the later stages of his Chelsea career.

Arriving in the Emirates gives him an exciting new challenge and it is clear that he already wants to impress.

Willian shared a joke with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on his first day of training

Way back to Ozil?

Mesut Ozil’s days at Arsenal seem numbered without having played a game for several months.

But he has made it clear he has no intention of leaving the club until his contract expires next summer.

With that in mind, could he find a way to get back into the fold?

Arsenal’s midfielder options are limited and Arteta says he’s made it clear to Ozil what he needs to do to challenge himself.

He was in training with the first team again on Thursday and Friday and the best logical solution is for him to overturn and look to offer something to Arteta’s plans.

Could Mesut Ozil find a way to get back into Arsenal’s fold?

Saliba steps up things

Big things are expected of William Saliba this season – but he faces a period of adjustment.

Mikel Arteta recently admitted that it will take a while for the young defender to level up.

With this in mind, these first sessions will be crucial.

He was pictured in training picking up the ball and looking to work on the pace of English football as he aims to make an instant impression in the Premier League.

Big things are expected from William Saliba at Arsenal

Salah straight into it

Arsenal recently confirmed the signing of their own Salah – capturing the young prospect from Feyenoord.

Salah-Eddine, 17, signed a free transfer to join the professional development phase.

New Arsenal Salah-Eddine was pictured training with his new teammates

But he’s already been included in some first-team sessions as one of the many young prospects involved.

The creative midfielder hopes to carve out a bright future for himself in the Emirates and will look to take his first chance to make a lasting impression on Unai Emery.

Young receives the call

Several young players had the opportunity to impress Mikel Arteta.

Tolaji Bola (right) has been promoted to Arsenal first team training session

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The latest is Tolaji Bola, who took part in first team training on Thursday and Friday this week.

Bola, 22, is yet to make his first-team debut but the left-back is highly rated at the club.

He hopes to make his mark and work his way into Arteta’s squad rotation ahead of a season with a grueling schedule.


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