5 things we learned from Arsenal training ahead of vital Norwich clash

It was all action in Arsenal's penultimate training session before Saturday's clash against Norwich at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners sit rock bottom of the Premier League in what would usually be described as a relegation six pointer with the side just one place above them.

Defeats to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City has left Mikel Arteta under enormous pressure, and a win over Norwich is absolutely essential to get the season back on track.

Having had the international break to regroup some of his players, while others have been trotting across the globe, things should be a little more settled in the Arsenal camp.

So here is five things Daily Star Sport learned from Thursday's training session at Arsenal.

Academy promotions

The training snaps appeared to show promotions to first team training for two youth players.

One of those is Charlie Patino, who has dabbled with the senior squad and is a key man for the youth teams, but is yet to make his first team debut.

Meanwhile, Jack Henry-Francis, who is also just 17, was snapped taking part in the session, having played for the U18's this season.

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Both Gabriel Magalhaes and Thomas Partey were pictured in full training, and look as though they will be fit to start against Norwich.

Brazilian defender Gabriel appears to have overcome the knee injury that was keeping him sidelined, while Partey is ahead of schedule on his recovery from an ankle injury he suffered in pre-season, and could replace the suspended Granit Xhaka.

Ben White appears to be back to full strength too after being forced to isolate with a positive Covid test, and Eddie Nketiah is back in contention having overcome an ankle injury.

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Gunners fans got their first glimpse of Takehiro Tomiyasu in an Arsenal shirt, but there was nothing of him training just yet, so whether he makes his debut against Norwich remains to be seen.

Aaron Ramsdale appeared to enjoy a good session in the practice goal, while the various youngsters are yet to appear for the first-team.

Also spotted was full-back Nuno Tavares, who is still waiting to make his full debut, having come on off the bench against Brentford and Chelsea.

Auba and Laca back at it

The familiar sight of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette is back as the strike partners joked around during the training session.

The close friends are yet play together this season with Lacazette's 30 minutes against Man City his only Premier League minutes so far.

But Arsenal's inability to score in the league this season may call for the Frenchman's return alongside the skipper if Arteta were to shake things up.

Arteta stays hands on

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Despite sitting bottom of the league, Arteta appeared to stick to his hands on approach in training.

The Spaniard is always seen running around with balls and blowing his whistle during training in order to keep the sessions on track.

And despite their woeful form it looks as thought Arteta is sticking to his guns of remaining as involved in the everyday tasks as much as always.

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