Arsenal fans have been given some cheer with the welcome sight of captain Laurent Koscielny returning to training after Achilles surgery.
The France defender was back at London Colney on Thursday morning to continue his rehabilitation.
The 32-year-old was taken off after 11 minutes of Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid at the start of May as the Gunners were dumped out by the eventual winners.
Koscielny went down in pain and had to be taken away on a stretcher at the Wanda Metropolitano.
And after missing France’s World Cup-winning campaign, the centre-half is back at London Colney for rehab.
He is still expected to face more time to bed back into the squad, with months of physiotherapy still ahead.
But after consecutive defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea, his leadership will be encouraging for the Gunners players.
Former North London ace Jack Wilshere tweeted a heart emoji in approval at the sight, while fans expressed their delight on social media.
At the time of his injury, Arsene Wenger claimed that the Frenchman could be out until as long as January.
But after conceding five goals in their opening two games, Unai Emery will hope the spell is not so long.
Meanwhile Koscielny described his agony after missing the World Cup as France went on to win.
He said: “In truth, I didn’t see many matches.
“I have been working on my rehabilitation from 9am to 1pm and then from 4pm to 7pm.
“I saw the last half-hour of France vs Peru and a few other games.
“When they were crowned world champions, I felt nothing special, but I was really happy for the players, the staff.”