Arsenal’s final preparations for the Premier League clash against Manchester United are complete.
The Gunners go into the game at Old Trafford off the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Newcastle.
Whilst the result doesn’t say too much about Arsenal ‘s current standing in the league, victory over their title rivals of the past would go some way to showcasing their European qualification credentials.
United haven’t won against Arsenal at Old Trafford in the league for almost three years, while Mikel Arteta’s side recorded a famous 1-0 win in the fixture last season.
And there are training photos to get us in the mood for what will be a mammoth clash against a side who have just appointed Ralph Rangnick as interim coach.
Here’s what we spotted from those training pictures and what it tells us ahead of the game against United on Thursday night.
Goalkeeper team news hint?
Aaron Ramsdale has made the no.1 spot his own at Arsenal.
The England shot stopper recently won his first senior cap for his country and he continues to impress between the sticks for the Gunners.
Germany international Bernd Leno has taken his place on the substitutes bench in recent matches, but he wasn’t spotted in any of the training photos ahead of the game.
Instead, Arthur Okonkwo and James Hillson were the youngsters training alongside Ramsdale, with Okonkwo posting a hint on social media that he will be involved at Old Trafford.
Laca keeping spirits up
Alexandre Lacazette may be playing his final few months at Arsenal but he still plays a valuable role on and off the pitch.
The Frenchman has impressed with his recent performances prompting many to suggest that he could be offered a new deal at the club.
On the contrary, Nicolas Pepe has struggled for game time and recent reports claim that the Ivorian will be the subject of a transfer away from north London in January.
Regardless of the rumours, both players posed for a photo in training on Wednesday and Pepe looked in good spirits alongside one of his closest friends in the team.
The end of the road?
Eddie Nketiah has rejected the offer of a second contract extension from Arsenal.
The striker’s current deal expires in the summer and it appears he has no intention to commit himself to the club who can’t guarantee he will play regularly.
Another player whose future remains uncertain is Mohamed Elneny, with the Egyptian in a similar situation to Nketiah and able to sign a pre-contract with a foreign team from January.
Meanwhile, Cedric Soares and Pepe
On the mend
Granit Xhaka has returned to individual training.
The 29-year-old appeared in good spirits on Wednesday morning as he edges ever closer to his return to first team action.
It’s good news for Arsenal who have missed Xhaka in certain games this season, with Arteta previously lauding the Swiss international for his leadership skills and passing ability.