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Key Arsenal trio – including Bukayo Saka – train ahead of Slavia clash

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2020 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Andrew Boyers - Pool/Getty Images)

 

Arsenal have been handed a boost on the personnel front on Tuesday, after a trio of the club’s stars were spotted in first-team training.

Slavia showdown

Mikel Arteta and co. are of course set to return to action in 48 hours’ time.

The Gunners will get their European campaign back underway, in a crunch Europa League first-leg meeting with Czech outfit Slavia Prague.

The clash, for obvious reasons, marks an absolutely crucial one for Arsenal, with the capital giants’ dismal domestic campaign having seen any hopes of Champions League qualification via a top-4 finish go out the window.

In turn, Europa League glory stands as the club’s only remaining hope of salvaging a hugely underwhelming season.

Key Arsenal trio – including Bukayo Saka – train ahead of Slavia clash

Arsenal’s Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (L), Arsenal’s French-born Ivorian midfielder Nicolas Pepe (C) and Arsenal’s French striker Alexandre Lacazette (R) discuss options at a freekick during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 30, 2021. (Photo by Andy Rain / POOL / AFP)

Saka & Xhaka return

The Gunners, however, will not exactly head into Thursday’s action brimming with confidence, having been outplayed in every manner imaginable en route to a 3-0 Premier League defeat to Liverpool at the weekend.

Central to the alarming display on the part of Arteta’s men, however, were the absences of a number of key players.

All of David Luiz, Granit Xhaka, Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka missed out versus Liverpool, with respective fitness and illness concerns.

But, ahead of their Slavia showdown, Arsenal have today been handed a timely boost.

This comes in the form of confirmation that the latter three of the aforementioned quartet were all spotted back in first-team training on Tuesday afternoon.

In turn, the trio look set to be available for selection, as Arsenal eye up a crucial first-leg advantage.

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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