Arteta punishes Arsenal player with £27m after losing training drill


A challenge from goalkeepers during a training session at Arsenal left the team in hysterics, with one player being punished by Mikel Arteta for losing.

The season could not have started better for the Gunners, with their side unbeaten in the Premier League after two important wins.

The mood in the camp appears to be at an all-time high, and Arsenal shared some of their antics at the end of one of their training sessions.

Arteta challenged his team to run halfway down the pitch while keeping the ball on the ground, with the loser having to bring everyone breakfast the next day.

The race started with Oleksandr Zinchenko sprinting away with impressive skill, leaving the rest of the team in his wake.

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It didn’t take long for most of the squad to cross the line, leaving Brazilians Marquinhos and Gabriel Magalhaes alone in the end.

The Arsenal squad appear to be very supportive of the young winger but aren’t so kind to the first-choice centre-half, with Nicolas Pepe particularly enjoying his struggles.

Neither having completed the challenge in time, they faced off one-on-one, with the £27million centre-back losing to the new winger after a very suspicious refereeing by Arteta.

The Keepy-uppies challenge has left the Arsenal squad in hysterics

Although Gabriel clearly needs to practice his keepers, the Arsenal squad are clearly in a good position at the moment.

The additions of Gabriel Jesus, Zinchenko and the introduction of William Saliba after his loan spell in France have elevated Arsenal’s starting line-up.

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Fabio Vieira also returned this week with the Under-21s, where Marquinhos has already turned heads.

The mood seems to be bright within Arteta’s squad, and if performances stay at the level seen so far this season, it could be a really exciting year for the Gunners.

Their next challenge is newly-promoted Bournemouth, who have already stunned Aston Villa at the Vitality Stadium.

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Richard V. Johnson