Arsenal have been boosted with the news that Takehiro Tomiyasu and William Saliba are edging closer to full fitness.
The duo are both rehabilitating from their knee and back injuries respectively, with optimism that they will both play at least some part in pre-season.
Tomiyasu suffered a knee injury during Arsenal’s match against Sporting in March, before undergoing surgery and being ruled out for the rest of the season.
Saliba meanwhile is expected to be take part in Arsenal’s Germany training camp next month, while he will also commit to a new long-term contract once he returns from holiday.
“We want to keep our best talent. Especially the players that deserve some recognition,” said Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.
“I think he has been incredible since he came back from his loan period and we want to reward him, that is for sure. We will find the right moment to do that.
“Obviously Edu and the board are on top of every negotiation regarding new contracts and now we are doing everything we possibly can to do that in the right moment at the right time.”
The Arsenal stars were pictured in Spain alongside Leandro Trossard as they maintain their fitness ahead of returning to pre-season training.
Meanwhile, Declan Rice is on the verge of becoming an Arsenal player after a £105million fee was agreed in principle with West Ham.
Rice will become the club’s most expensive player as well as breaking the record for a British transfer since Jack Grealish’s move to Manchester City in 2019.
Jurrien Timber is expected to follow Rice through after Rice with a £38million deal close to being agreed, which will see eventually see Arsenal’s summer spending reach £200million.
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