5 things we noticed as Arsenal and Liverpool train as the Premier League returns


The Premier League is back!

And both Arsenal and Liverpool are in action as the Gunners take on Watford at Vicarage Road and the Reds play host to Newcastle.

A whole host of Arsenal and Liverpool stars were in action during the international break, but both sides are looking relatively healthy ahead of the weekend.

Here are five things we noticed as Arsenal trained at London Colney and Liverpool were put through their paces at Melwood.

1. Kieran Tierney is close to fitness

Arsenal’s summer signing from Celtic is yet to make an appearance in a Gunners shirt due to injury, but that could all change soon.

It’s perhaps a little too soon to see him in the line up this weekend but he’s back in training and getting up to speed.

Kieran Tierney is on the mend

Arsenal parted company with Nacho Monreal this summer and there are still question marks over the ability of Sead Kolasinac.

The introduction of Tierney – potentially this month – could really see Arsenal kick-on.

2. Both full-backs are on the mend

It’s not just at left-back Arsenal have been without their preferred individual.

The Gunners have been without Hector Bellerin since January, but they will soon have the Spaniard back where he belongs in the first team.

Hector Bellerin is back in training

On Thursday the right-back was put through his paces by fitness coach Sam Wilson.

But he also took part in the general training session alongside his team-mates, and – very promisingly – was photographed with a ball at his feet.

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3. Looking a lot like Liverpool?

Unai Emery signed Nicolas Pepe to accompany Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette up front this season.

The transfer appeared a bold move as the Gunners were screaming out for defensive recruits but Emery opted to blow the budget on another forward.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is looking happier these days

So far Pepe has looked impressive, and was played up top in a three alongside his strike partners for the first time this season in the draw with rivals Tottenham .

It seems that this is the formation Emery wants to play, with three central midfielders behind the strikers. Sounds familiar that.

4. Conspicuously inconspicuously

Liverpool were quiet in the summer transfer window, landing just two youth players.

One, Harvey Elliott from Fulham, made sure everyone knew who he was with some questionable social media posts – one, which took aim at Harry Kane, he was forced to apologise for.

Sepp van den Berge is a towering figure

The other signing, Sepp van den Berge, has gone about his transition to a top team in a far more mature and humble way and was in training on Thursday.

The youngster, who plays centre-back, has some serious competition for places at Liverpool, but he seems to be getting his head down and improving his game, even if he can’t help but stand out.

5. Ready to make an impact

The picture of the day comes courtesy of the Liverpool snapper, who nabbed a shot of Andy Robertson seemingly poking fun at Mohamed Salah.

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Robertson was in action for Scotland this week, but was far from his usual best as his nation were beaten by both Belgium and Russia.

Andy Robertson appears to poke fun at Mohamed Salah

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In the opening Euro 2020 qualifying match against Russia Robertson, who was named captain, was at fault for one of the goals – prompting a backlash from fans on social media.

Salah on the other hand had a bit of a rest this weekend, and will be keen to get his boots back on against relegation-threatened Newcastle .





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