Arsenal‘s Mesut Ozil, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding have kept up their fitness levels during the latest international break by reportedly playing in a friendly against Reading behind closed doors.
Both Bellerin and Holding have only recently returned to the fold following injuries while midfielder Ozil has struggled for game time under manager Unai Emery this season.
The trio along with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Kieran Tierney and Shkodran Mustafi took part in the Gunners’ 2-2 private friendly with Reading at Arsenal’s training base, according to Goal.
Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil (above), Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding have kept their fitness levels
Emery reportedly wanted to give gave time to the players in his squad who were not selected for international duty.
Forward Alexandre Lacazette, who is nursing an ankle injury sustained last month, reportedly did not feature.
Arsenal have won both their games in October – a 4-0 victory over Standard Liege in the Europa League and a 1-0 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League.
Emery’s side, who currently sit third in the English top flight, visit 13th-placed Sheffield United on Monday night.
Emery reportedly wanted to give gave time to his players during the international break