Arsenal’s first three World Cup players have returned to training, joining up with the squad on Sunday morning.
Arsenal confirmed on Sunday that Matt Turner, Ben White, and Thomas Partey have now all returned to training with the Gunners.
Ghana and the USA were two of the first teams involving Arsenal players to be eliminated from the World Cup, whilst White withdrew from the England squad early. All three players have had some time off, but they’re now back available again.
Jack Rosser of The S*n reports that the trio could now be involved against AC Milan on Tuesday.
Football.London report that Granit Xhaka, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and Gabriel Martinelli are all expected to return to training in the coming week, though it’s not clear if they’ll join the Dubai camp.
For now, it’s unclear when Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale will return, but The Athletic point out that if they get the same time off as Partey and Turner (one week), they should be back in time for the West Ham United clash.
That just leaves William Saliba, who will remain at the World Cup until next weekend, whatever happens.
If France win their semi-final, Saliba will be at the tournament until December 18th. If they lose, they’ll still have to play a third-place play-off on December 17th.
As for the rest of the squad, it looks like they’ll all be back from their holidays and taking part in training by the time the Premier League returns.
The only other exceptions are the injured players. Gabriel Jesus will certainly be out, there are no guarantees on Emile Smith Rowe but he’ll hopefully be back, and Oleksandr Zinchenko should have returned by then.