Arsenal squad returns for pre-season training

The 2009/10 campaign edged a little closer today when the Arsenal squad returned for pre-season training.

New signing Thomas Vermaelen took part in his first training session since his summer move from Ajax and there were plenty of familiar faces on show including Tomas Rosicky, Eduardo, William Gallas, Samir Nasri and Andrey Arshavin.

Philippe Senderos was back after completing his loan spell with Milan. And as ever Arsene Wenger was there to put the players through their paces.

There were some notable absentees from today's session including Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs, who reached the European Under-21 Championship Final with England, and Cesc Fabregas, part of Spain's squad at the Confederations Cup in South Africa. They are expected back in action later this month.

Our official club photographer braved a downpour at the training ground to capture these exclusive images. We hope you enjoy them.

7 Jul 2009