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Mikel Arteta punishes £27m Arsenal player after he loses training exercise yesterday, squad in hysterics
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Mikel Arteta punishes £27m Arsenal player after he loses training exercise yesterday, squad in hysterics

A keepy-uppies challenge during an Arsenal training session has left the squad in hysterics, with one player punished by Mikel Arteta for losing.

The season couldn’t have started any better for the Gunners, with his side unbeaten in the Premier League after two important victories.

The mood in the camp appears to be sky high, and Arsenal have shared some of their antics at the end of the one of their training sessions.

Arteta challenged his squad to race halfway across the pitch while doing keeping the ball of the floor, with the loser forced to bring breakfast in for everyone the next day.

The race started with Oleksandr Zinchenko sprinting off into the distance with some impressive skills, leaving the rest of the squad in his wake.

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It didn’t take long for most of the squad to get across the line, leaving Brazilians Marquinhos and Gabriel Magalhaes on their own at the end.

The Arsenal squad appear to be very supportive of the young winger, but aren’t as kind to the first-choice centre-half with Nicolas Pepe particularly enjoying his struggles.

With neither completing the challenge in time, they faced off one-v-one, with the £27m centre-back losing to the new winger after some very suspicious refereeing from Arteta.

Keepy-uppies challenge left Arsenal squad in hysterics

Although Gabriel clearly needs to practice his keepy-uppies, Arsenal’s squad is clearly in a great place right now.

The additions of Gabriel Jesus, Zinchenko and the introduction of William Saliba after his loan spell in France have elevated Arsenal’s starting line-up.

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Fabio Vieira returned to action with the under-21s this week too, where Marquinhos has already been turning heads.

The mood appears to be brilliant among Arteta’s squad, and if performances stay at the level seen so far this season, it could be a really exciting year for the Gunners.

Their next challenge is away to newly promoted Bournemouth, who have already surprised Aston Villa at the Vitality Stadium.

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