Some Arsenal Women are back in training but their limited numbers make it slightly worrying as there is less than a month to go before the Champions League make-or-break games.
Pictures from last week’s training session at London Colney show the following players training: Beth Mead, Lisa Evans, Jennifer Beattie, Katie McCabe, Noelle Maritz, Anna Patten, Manuela Zinsberger.
Viktoria Schnaderbeck was also pictured, rehabbing on a bike outside.
Malin Gut is out for a long time with her ACL injury. Jordan Nobbs and Lia Walti were not pictured in training pictures, but the Swiss international mentioned on social media that she was back training with the team.
The following players are currently on international duty at the Tokyo Olympics: Lotte Wubben-Moy, Leah Williamson, Kim Little, Nikita Parris, Stephanie Catley, Lydia Williams, Caitlin Foord, Mana Iwabuchi and Vivianne Miedema.
Arsenal have announced two friendlie,s to be played at the men’s ground as part of the Mind Series. First the Gunners will be hosting Chelsea Women on Sunday 1 August k.o. 12.15pm at the Emirates Stadium. Then, a week later, Arsenal will be away at the Toilet Bowl Stadium without naming rights on Sunday 8 August, k.o. 4.45pm.
Those friendlies are in two weeks and the club can barely present a starting XI right now. Obviously, you would expect a couple of new signings to turn up soon and some Academy players to be involved in training and in those friendlies before the Olympians come back from their Japanese “holidays”.
With the Champions League game against Okzhetpes to be played on 18 August followed by the potential final against PSV Eindhoven or Lokomotiv Moskva three days later, Jonas Eidevall with be short of time to prepare the team properly for the mini-tournament in Russia.
Should the Gunners make it to the Champions League qualifying Round 2, there will be serious business to do with Lyon, Wolfsburg, Slavia Praha and Rosengård the next opponent on the road to the lucrative new Group Stage.