Football, as it should be, has been the main focus for the Arsenal players ahead of Friday night’s Premier League showdown against Everton.
Events off the pitch this week have somewhat marred the Gunners’ preparations as at one point it appeared this game would have nothing riding on it amid the European Super League plan.
But now that has been resolved, Arsenal can look for a win that would see them climb above Everton in the Premier League table by virtue of a superior goal difference.
Ahead of the game at the Emirates Stadium, the likes of Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli, and Bukayo Saka were put through their paces at the Gunners’ London Colney training base on Thursday afternoon.
As spotted in a behind-the-scenes of Arsenal’s training session video uploaded to the club’s YouTube page, the pair can be seen laughing at something Mohamed Elneny had done.
At around the 1.49-minute mark, Reiss Nelson launches the ball into the air and into the path of the Egypt international.
But instead of controlling the ball – or at least attempting to – he watches it sail over his head which prompted those around him to blame him for the ball bouncing.
Partey and Pepe in particular found Elneny’s actions hilarious with the former mimicking his fellow midfielder, while the latter burst into laughter.
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The aforementioned trio are in contention to start against the Toffees tonight.
If so, it would be Elneny second start in successive games having been given the nod in central midfield for the 1-1 draw with Fulham last Sunday.
Meanwhile, Pepe and Partey were second half substitutes and will be pushing for recalls.