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Arsenal boss Unai Emery is finally getting closer to welcoming a host of stars back to full training, including Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin.
Arsenal knew when signing Kieran Tierney from Celtic for £25million on deadline day that they would have to wait to see him make his debut.
The left-back has been struggling with a groin problem, but is now closing in on a return to action for his new club.
The Gunners have now confirmed when the star is set to return to full training at London Colney.
Their latest team news update on Tierney reads: “Groin. Continues to receive treatment and further assessments.
“Progressing well and aiming to participate in full training in September.”
The good news doesn’t stop there either for Gunners fans, with Unai Emery still missing a number of defenders who are closing in on a return.
“Rob Holding – Now back in full training with the first team squad,” the update adds.
“Hector Bellerin – Left knee. Continuing with on-field rehabilitation. Progressing well and aiming to participate in full training in September.
“Dinos Mavropanos – Groin. Continues to receive treatment and further assessments. Progressing well and aiming to participate in full training in September.”
Bellerin has been a mainstay in the Arsenal backline since being introduced by Arsene Wenger in the 2014/15 season and is a fan favourite having graduated from the club’s academy.
The Spaniard suffered a rupture to his anterior cruciate ligament during the 2-0 win over Chelsea in January earlier this year.
But after a successful operation and months of rehab, the finish line is now in sight for Bellerin.
Holding has proved a real hit since arriving from Bolton for £2million in the summer of 2018.
Shkodran Mustafi has been told to find a new club by Unai Emery, meaning Holding is set to move ahead of him in the pecking order.
David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have endured an uncomfortable start to the season at times, particularly in the 3-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield when they were run ragged by Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
That’s why Emery will welcome the return of the Englishman, as he looks to mould what he considers his best defence.