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3 things mikel arteta told Gabriel Jesus as completes first Arsenal training session

Gabriel Jesus has completed his first training session as an Arsenal player, but he wasn't the only familiar face at London Colney on Monday as preparations for the new campaign continue

It has been a busy fourth of July for Gabriel Jesus. After his £45m transfer from Manchester City was announced in the morning, the striker has now completed his first training session as an Arsenal player.

And the 25-year-old was made to feel very much at home at London Colney on Monday as he was surrounded by some familiar faces in Brazil international teammates Gabriel Magalhaes and Gabriel Martinelli. Although, the striker wasn’t the only summer signing present as another compatriot in Marquinhos was also involved for the first time.

The youngster was actually Arsenal’s first signing of the summer transfer window when he sealed a £3m move from Sao Paulo last month and will be hopeful of featuring against FC Nurnberg in a pre-season friendly on Friday as well as being included in the squad that travels out to America later this month.

Gunners will shortly be travelling out to Germany for a pre-season training camp before jetting off to the States for their second international tour of pre-season on July 13, where they will face Everton, Orlando City and Chelsea.

As things stand, the Emirates Cup clash against La Liga outfit Sevilla on July 30 – where Gabriel Jesus could make his non-competitive home debut – is the final warm-up game pencilled in before the Premier League opener against Crystal Palace, but football.london understands the club are hoping to arrange a behind-closed-doors friendly in between those matches.

And preparations for the big kick-off have been kicked up a notch with the return of some players involved on international duty shortly after last season ended. This includes Emile Smith Rowe, Mohamed Elneny, Martinelli and Gabriel – despite the defender not featuring for Brazil.

Rob Holding was also present for Gabriel Jesus’ first session after missing out on Saturday’s training match and it would appear that those involved against Ipswich were given the day off as the likes of Bernd Leno, Arthur Okonkwo, Cedric Soares, Benjamin White, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Nicolas Pepe weren’t spotted.

In even more good news for Mikel Arteta, fans and a massive boost going into the new season, Kieran Tierney has rejoined the group. This is the first time the Scotland international has been spotted in an Arsenal training session since March which was shortly before his 2021/22 ended prematurely.

The left-back underwent knee surgery at the beginning of April and his return to training has almost kept in line with his target of the end of June: “It’s tough working full days in the gym on your own, but you’ve got to keep on pushing yourself. There’s no point feeling sorry for yourself. I don’t look for or expect sympathy from anyone,” he said. “At the end of the day, I’m lucky to be a footballer — and I never take anything for granted.

“I’m a nightmare for the physios. I’m always on at them to get me back quicker. And I’m a terrible spectator. Not being able to do anything to help the team. I hate it. My target is to be back for the end of June and the start of pre-season at Arsenal. I’m on course for that. My rehab’s going well.”

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