As Petr Cech prepares for return to former club Chelsea
- Arsenal were disappointing in defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday
- Gunners preparing to return to Premier League against champions Chelsea
- Petr Cech will play first game at Stamford Bridge since leaving club
- Three Arsenal stars also get ready for World Cup with rugby game
After a disappointing defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Wednesday, Arsenal trained on Friday with the air of a team desperate to bounce back.
The Gunners take on Premier League champions Chelsea on Saturday, knowing that a win would be a huge psychological boost in the title race.
But Arsene Wenger’s side have never beaten Jose Mourinho in the league, and could well find themselves up against a revitalised Chelsea side, who have bounced back from a poor league start with a convincing Champions League win.
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech makes a save in training ahead of a trip back to Stamford Bridge on Saturday
The long-term Chelsea keeper looked in good spirits ahead of his return to his former club
Alexis Sanchez takes on second-choice goalkeeper David Ospina as the Gunners stepped up their preparation
Sanchez runs at England defender Calum Chambers during Friday morning’s session at London Colney
Spanish star Santi Cazorla runs with the ball as the Gunners looked to bounce back from defeat in midweek
Goalkeeper Petr Cech is preparing for a first return to Stamford Bridge since swapping west London for the north of the city this summer.
And the big goalkeeper was a comination of smiles and concentration as he was put through his paces at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground.
The Czech keeper kept a clean sheet against his former club in the Community Shield, which Arsenal won 1-0, and hasn’t conceded a goal in his last three games for the club.
Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott, who will be expected to take advantage of a sluggish-looking Chelsea defence, also looked sharp on Friday morning, as the Gunners look to win a third consecutive league game and close the gap on Manchester City.
The players watch on as Mathieu Flamini puts in some much-needed work on his shooting in training
Francis Coquelin battles for the ball with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during the session on Friday
Olivier Giroud looks worried as Flamini goes in for a challenge with young full back Hector Bellerin
Away from the serious business of preparing for Stamford Bridge there was still time for some of the players to have a bit of fun, and look ahead to the Rugby World Cup.
Welshman Aaron Ramsey took on England’s Calum Chambers and French midfielder Francis Coquelin in a rugby challenge.
The trio were tested on their preparation, by taping up their heads, before competing in passing and kicking tasks.
Not surprisingly Coquelin – a revelation in midfield over the past year but a man who had never played rugby before – struggled, but not quite as predictably it was the kicking were all three men did worst.
Chambers and Ramsey then tried to link up with a ‘British Lions’ combination cross-kick, but the English defender made a fool of himself by slipping over as he tried to gather the ball.
Wenger will hope his team keep their footing rather better at Stamford Bridge.
Theo Walcott doesn’t seem to be feeling the pressure as he looks to continue his goalscoring form
Ramsey and Chambers swapped the round ball for an oval one as they geared up for the Rugby World Cup
Giroud leaves centre back Gabriel on the floor as he looks to earn selection despite Wednesday’s red card
The big Frenchman jokes with his diminutive Spanish team-mate Cazorla ahead of Saturday’s crucial game
Source : Daily Mail