Three things noticed in Arsenal training as Martinelli scores stunner and Balogun features

Arsenal are still putting in the hard yards at London Colney in the midst of the international break.

A number of players, including Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may all be on international duty, but the work continues without them.

The Gunners are still training without their international stars as they prepare for the final run-in when they will attempt to reach the top six and, of course, win the Europa League.

As ever, Arsenal have posted video clips from one of their latest sessions, and below we have rounded up three of the key things we noticed.

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Martinelli stunner

Gabriel Martinelli reminded Mikel Arteta of his talent with a brilliant finish in training this week.

From a tight angle, the Brazilian struck the ball across his body with his right boot, picking out the top left corner.

A stunning effort and perhaps a message to Arteta that the 19-year-old might be good enough to warrant more than just 10 appearances across all competitions so far this season.

Balogun trains

Youngster Folarin Balogun joined the first team to train with a number of stars currently away on international duty.

Balogun is highly rated with a number of clubs reportedly eyeing his situation amid uncertainty over his contract.

The Gunners are trying to agree a new deal ahead of his contract expiring.

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They clearly think a lot of the 19-year-old striker, who is having no problem keeping up with the first-team stars in training.

Balogun has five senior appearances to his name for Arsenal as things stand.

Luiz makes goal-line clearance

David Luiz’s international days are now behind him, and that means he has the pleasure of continuing training with his club during international breaks, not that any other South American players were allowed to travel this time around.

Luiz is still a big part of Arsenal’s plans, even at the age 33, and he still looks just as sharp in training, even in his veteran years.

In this session, he reminded young Balogun to respect his elders. After the youngster beat a couple of defenders and the goalkeeper, he looked to have found the net, only for Luiz to step in and clear off the line.

Real commitment from the centre-back.

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