Mikel Arteta calls up nine wonderkids to Arsenal training session ahead of Man City clash

Arsenal are one of several clubs who have been impacted by international call-ups.

Bukayo Saka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are with the England senior squad for games against Wales, Belgium and Denmark, while deadline day signing Thomas Partey is away with the Ghana squad.

Meanwhile, the likes of Kieran Tierney, Sead Kolasinac, Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka, Nicolas Pepe and Eddie Nketiah are also away on international duty, which means reduced first-team numbers at London Colney.

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Whilst manager Mikel Arteta will be praying for his players to come back unscathed ahead of next weekend’s Premier League clash against Manchester City, he has been presented with a chance to get a closer look at some of the club’s most promising players.

As reported by Jeorge Bird, as many as nine wonderkids were called up for Arteta’s latest training session.

Those selected to train with the first-team were Ben Cottrell, Harry Clarke, Tim Akinola, Alex Kirk, Catalin Cirjan, James Olayinka as well as goalkeepers Arthur Okonkwo, Tom Smith, and Hubert Graczyk.

For the youngsters, it was a chance to train alongside the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Hector Bellerin, David Luiz, Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes.

In addition, Emile Smith Rowe was spotted in the club’s training footage from Colney as he appears to be over the injury that kept him out of the first month of the season.

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One player who wasn’t spotted in the clip is captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The 31-year-old was initially called up by Gabon for Sunday’s clash against Benin.

However, it has since been revealed that he sustained an ankle injury during the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Sheffield United last weekend and has had to withdraw from the squad.

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