5 things to excite Arsenal fans from fresh training footage after dismal start

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been putting his players through some hard work in training.

The Gunners return from the international break looking to recover from three losses, no goals scored and nine conceded to open their campaign.

It has seen pressure get piled onto the Spanish boss as his side rock bottom of the Premier League table, with a home clash against Norwich coming up.

But there have been a lot of changes in the squad, spending £140m on players such as Ben White and Transfer Deadline Day signing Takehiro Tomiyasu.

Arteta has been taking the time to get his players into the mix during the international break, with the players braving the heat on Tuesday for training.

So Daily Star Sport has taken a look at what happened in the latest session at London Colney – and there are some points that will have Gunners fans excited…

Lacazette getting sharper

The Frenchman has only made one Premier League appearance this season, coming off the bench in the 5-0 mauling to Manchester City.

He had been absent, along with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, due to illness – but the forward is back in action and was working on his speed.

One exercise saw him get pushed by the coaches to move the ball with one touch, accelerating through the drill.

And this was demonstrated in a small match with the available players, finding the net two times with some sharp movement at close quarters.

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A blossoming centre-back pairing

White’s transfer from Brighton came as David Luiz left the club to become a free agent, bringing 36 English top-flight appearances with him.

Arteta has played a back four this season – and the 23-year-old spent the majority of the session alongside Brazilian centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes.

Footage from the short game showed the pair putting in a strong display, stopping Nicolas Pepe on some mazy runs.

Partey back in action

Arsenal’s midfielder is yet to start in the campaign due to an ankle injury picked up in a pre-season friendly against Chelsea.

But the Ghanian was back out on the pitch this week, working on his reflexes in an exercise where team-mates threw a ball in different directions.

While the 28-year-old cut a commanding figure in the middle of the pitch, also moving quickly up in attack.

Wantaways on the attack

Gunners fans may not have been surprised to see Eddie Nketiah and Ainsley Maitland-Niles looking frustrated at training, having seen exits blocked.

But the pair were keen to impress in the latest session, with the forward whipping in a fast effort past Aaron Ramsdale.

While the 24-year-old, who was wanted by Everton before Transfer Deadline Day, showed off his speed down the left wing.

More goalkeeping competition

Arteta gave Bernd Leno some competition this summer when he pushed for Ramsdale to be signed from Sheffield United.

There were some incredible saves made in the training game – but they all came form 19-year-old Arthur Okonkwo.

The 6ft 6in shot-stopper was promoted to the senior squad over the summer, bringing a reputation of conceding just one goal in his first three Premier League 2 outings.

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