Photo: 'Exceptional' Arsenal star back in training at London Colney today after World Cup
On Friday, the Arsenal media team released photos from their latest training session at London Colney.
With England in the midst of a cold snap, thermals were the order of the day at a snowy Gunners training camp.
There were even a couple of snowball fights among the players.
In addition, we’re now seeing the return of Arsenal players who were at the World Cup in Qatar.
With the tournament down to just two more games, more and more players have been returning to their clubs.
One of those was Aaron Ramsdale, who featured in quite a few pictures from the session.
Earlier this week, the Evening Standard reported that Ramsdale and Bukayo Saka would be back in training this week.
Brazil forward Gabriel Martinelli and Japan defender Takehiro Tomiyasu are also expected back.
Of those, only Ramsdale could be seen in the photos released on Friday afternoon.
‘I’ve enjoyed what I’ve needed to do’
Ramsdale was an unused substitute during England’s World Cup campaign.
He recently told talkSPORT that his role as one of Jordan Pickford’s back-ups has not always been easy to deal with.
“It’s difficult, it took a few days of getting used to, I’ll be honest,” he said.
“But the good thing is that me and Nick (Pope) are in the same boat. I know he’s done it before and so have I, but we are both playing well at club level, both number ones.
“But it helps when all three of us plus the goalkeeper coach all get on. We are now seeing our training helping Jordan in the games and giving him a platform to really go and strive off.
“My role is to push Jordan and be ready if needed. Hopefully that isn’t the case, but also shooting, free kicks, penalties, having a laugh and a joke. And the day after the game training as hard as I can to get the rest of the boys ready.
“But it is difficult, I’m not going to say it’s been a lot of fun and a breeze but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve needed to do and hopefully we will be here another week.”
Now, with the season starting up again just after Christmas, Ramsdale will be a key player once again as Arsenal seek to build on their amazing first-half start.
The Gunners face Juventus in a friendly at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. They then resume their quest for Premier League glory against West Ham in north London.
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