'Heading back': Two Arsenal World Cup stars will be back in first-team training at Colney today - journalist
Arsenal World Cup duo Takehiro Tomiyasu and Gabriel Martinelli will link back up with the first team squad today.
That is what journalist Charles Watts has said on his YouTube channel, ahead of the Gunners’ weekend clash with Juventus.
Tomiyasu went out at the last 16 stage when his Japan side were beaten by Croatia on penalties after a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes.
Martinelli’s Brazil were also beaten by Croatia after a shootout, when the winger did not get off the bench in the whole game.
Watts on Tomiyasu and Martinelli returns
Watts said: “Arsenal are heading back today and training at London Colney.
“Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale are on their way back and will be at London Colney at some point this week.
“Mentally they need a bit of a break, maybe they’ll just join in after the Juventus game.
“Tomiyasu and Martinelli, I expect they will be linking up with the squad today at London Colney when everyone gets back and they’ve certainly been in and around the training ground in the last couple of days while everyone else has been in Dubai.”
Martinelli was always likely to be used as an impact substitute in Qatar and he must be disappointed he did not get the chance to influence the Croatia game from the bench.
Tomiyasu was scathing in his own assessment of his performance against Croatia, as Japan’s fairytale ended at the last 16 stage.
Just like Arsenal’s English duo Saka and Ramsdale, they must get over World Cup disappointment as quickly as possible and try and keep Arsenal on top of the Premier League table when the season resumes later this month.
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