Arsenal’s London Colney training base was a fun place to be on Wednesday despite the club’s pointless start to the season.
Morale in the camp appeared to be very high as Unai Emery’s players were put through their paces ahead of Saturday’s London derby against West Ham, who have also lost their opening two Premier League matches.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Granit Xhaka were pictured with wide grins on their faces while a number of players were seen laughing and joking as they took part in sprint races.
Defender Rob Holding and versatile forward Danny Welbeck were a good match for each other, as were Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey.
But Matteo Guendouzi was unable to keep up with speedy striker Aubameyang.
Alex Iwobi, who outpaced Mesut Ozil in their footrace, spread positive vibes as he spoke to Arsenal’s club website.
‘It’s exciting times to be fair,’ said Iwobi, who scored in last weekend’s 3-2 defeat by Chelsea.
‘Everybody’s enjoying and buying into the new ideas.
‘For me personally, I’m enjoying the new sessions, the new training methods and the new ideas, so I’m enjoying my time with him.
‘He demands a lot. He’s a lot more intense, a lot of high pressing and keeping the ball so that it benefits us if we have the ball. It’s good for us, especially the attackers who like to have the ball a lot.’