The first team took part in a vigorous training session on Friday ahead of their game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The match, which will mark Arsène Wenger's 1,000th as Arsenal manager, could see the Gunners move to within one point of the league leaders.

Our club photographer was there and sent back these exclusive images.

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