Morale is high in an exhausted Arsenal camp before the return to action in the Premier League a week on Monday.
This is not surprising given the turnaround Mikel Arteta’s side have made since the last international break where they entered the bottom of the Premier League table after three consecutive defeats.
Since then, Arsenal have beaten Norwich City, Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur before gaining a fight point at Brighton & Hove Albion to now sit 11th in the table due to a lower goal difference at Aston Villa.
Moreover, the Gunners are also in the Carabao Cup fourth round thanks to a routine 3-0 victory over League One’s AFC Wimbledon.
Competition will return to center in a few weeks with Leeds United visiting Emirates Stadium but before that Arsenal welcome Crystal Palace and Aston Villa to the league.
And ahead of the London derby which will also mark the return of Patrick Vieira, the first team players who were not called up by their respective nations were put to the test by training at the London club’s base. Colney.
However, there was an unfortunate moment for a group of players including Alexandre Lacazette, Sambi Lokonga and Jack Wilshere who are training with the club to maintain their fitness level in hopes of finding a new club as well as making it his coach badges.
The trio with Ben White, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers have all been tasked with an exercise to ensure the ball ends up inside the tub.
Plus, it was a race against Rob Holding, Cedric, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Magalhaes, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and prodigy Tim Akinola.
There could only be one winning team and unfortunately for White, Wilshere and company, they were selected all the way to the finish line.
As a result, all six players had to do push-ups as a forfeit, which can be seen around 0.48 minutes away from the club’s “Inside Arsenal training” YouTube video.
It all led to a hilarious moment involving Arteta and Lacazette.
International calls mean a reduction in the number of first team members at London Colney.
Bukayo Saka and Aaron Ramsdale are with the England senior squad for matches against Andorra and Hungary, while summer rookies Takehiro Tomiyasu and Martin Odegaard are absent with Japan and Odegaard respectively.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Martinelli was also absent from the shoot, although he appears to have had some free time and posted a picture of himself relaxing in Portugal.