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Why Bellerin shouted at Jesus as five players absent: Arsenal moments missed in training

Arsenal’s preparation for the 2022/23 season continues as they embark on the second leg of their US tour. The trip across the Atlantic began in Baltimore where they played out a 2-0 victory over Everton in front of an enthusiastic crowd, and they have now moved on to Orlando.

Here they will take on Orlando City on Wednesday before rounding off their tour with a London derby against Chelsea on Saturday. Before that though they are training hard at the Champions Gate sports complex in the beaming Florida sun as they gear up for the Premier League season which is only just over two weeks away.

5 first team stars absent

Arsenal were plagued by injuries to key players towards the business end of last season, and Mikel Arteta confirmed after Saturday’s game with Everton that his squad is missing a few members yet again.

“We have Kieran ( Tierney ) with a slight problem, we have Emile ( Smith Rowe ) as well with a muscular niggle, (Takehiro) Tomiyasu as well and Ben ( White ),” the Spaniard said. “The rest are fine but it’s a matter of days with those guys.”

Fabio Vieira is another whose missed out as he deals with a foot injury, but the absentee list for Tuesday’s session unfortunately had a new member. Marquinhos was not able to be with the group as he received extra treatment for a knock to his knee. With each injury though Arsenal insist that the actions taken are purely precautionary, and with it being preseason, it seems sensible not to risk them

Ben White

Although Ben White was mentioned in the list of players struggling with injury by Arteta at the weekend, the England international was back on Tuesday to train with the group. He had previously been struggling with a quad problem but was involved with the main squad as they trained in the Orlando heat.

Having seen the impressive nature of William Saliba ‘s second debut against Everton on Saturday, White may want to remind Arteta of what he can do while Arsenal are out on this preseason tour. The 24-year-old was excellent for most of last season, but now faces far stiffer competition for his starting place.

Arsenal team spirit seems strong

From being in and around the Arsenal camp on this US preseason tour, one of the things that is blatantly noticeable is how high the team spirit seems to be. Whereas in previous years difficult characters may have led to friction in the dressing room this group seem to genuinely enjoy each other’s company.

That is very helpful when it comes to welcoming new signings and one of the instant beneficiaries has been Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian has settled in very quickly since arriving from Manchester City and was involved in a joke as the Gunners side prepared for training on Monday.

Jesus had been selected for media duties and was speaking to the press in front of the training pitch, when the rest of the group began to get restless, such was their eagerness to get the session going. Hector Bellerin began jokingly shouting “Gabi! Come on!” to try and hurry the 25-year-old through his interviews, and it worked as he began politely backing away to join up with his teammates. The futures of many of these players may be uncertain, but it does seem the comradery in the group is as high as it’s ever been.

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