Arsenal welcome Aaron Ramsey back to full training as Unai Emery puts his trailing side through their paces ahead of BATE Borisov second leg
Arsenal have been handed a boost with the return of Aaron Ramsey ahead of their Europa League second-leg showdown with BATE Borisov at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners were dealt a shock by the Belarusians in the first leg, going down 1-0.
Unai Emery has been putting his players through their paces ahead of the return meeting on Thursday evening, and the inclusion of Welsh maestro Ramsey appears to have elevated spirits.
Aaron Ramsey has made his return to full training ahead of Arsenal Europa League action
The Wales international led his team-mates out at Arsenal’s St Albans base on Wednesday
Ramsey was back working with the ball, alongside January signing Denis Suarez (left)
A selection of the Gunners squad bundled together for a team photo before the session
Granit Xhaka kept spirits high by joking around with veteran team-mate Stephan Lichtsteiner
Manager Unai Emery battled with the inflatable dribbling apparatus ahead of the session
The 28-year-old, who will join Juventus in the summer, led his team-mates out at Arsenal’s St Albans training base on Wednesday morning, as the squad put the final touches to their preparation ahead of the tie.
Ramsey has been out since early this month with a knee problem and was joined by a heavily wrapped up Mesut Ozil, along with January signing Denis Suarez.
Arsenal trail in the fixture thanks to Stanislaw Drahun, who put BATE in front by flicking home a header from a free-kick.
The Spaniard set up the training routines before putting his players through their paces
Arsenal must overturn a 1-0 deficit against Belarusian side BATE in order to progress
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) will feature without strike partner Alexandre Lacazette
Lacazette (right) took part in the session but will miss the game due to his red card suspension
The France international remained upbeat however, and danced around for his team-mates
Lacazette played up for the cameras, but will have to watch on from the stands on Thursday
Club captain Laurent Koscielny will be hoping to lead his side through to the quarter finals
The Gunners will also be without in-form striker Alexandre Lacazette for the Emirates showdown, following his red card dismissal in the first leg.
Lacazette received a straight red in the closing stages after lashing out with an elbow on Aleksandar Filipovic.
Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck are also injury absentees.
The Gunners are aware that overall victory in this season’s competition would hand them an automatic place in the Champions League next year, regardless of whether top four qualification is achieved.
Arsenal currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League after 26 games played – one point adrift of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rejuvenated Manchester United.