Photos: Three academy players training with Arsenal first team ahead of Liverpool clash

Arsenal will take on Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League tonight.

The Arsenal players were training on Sunday ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash against Liverpool at home.

The Gunners will head into the game at the Emirates Stadium in North London on the back of a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace away from home at Selhurst Park.

That win against their London rivals saw Arsenal bounce back from a 2-0 defeat to West Ham United at the Emirates on the opening weekend of the campaign.

In order to avoid a second successive home defeat, Arsene Wenger’s players were training hard on Sunday.

Among the players training on the eve of the game against Liverpool were three academy players: goalkeeper Matt Macey, defender Julio Pleguezuelo and midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide (see photos above and below).

Macay joined Arsenal after completing a successful trial period in the autumn of 2013 and has been playing well for the North London outfit’s Under-21 side in recent months.

Interestingly, the young goalkeeper started his footballing career as a striker.

Defender Pleguezuelo struggled with injuries during the 2013-14 season following his arrival in the summer of 2013 after leaving Barcelona.

The youngster is technically very gifted and is very versatile - his preferred position is central defence but he can play as a full-back or as a holding midfielder.

Reine-Adelaide has been on the books of Arsenal since July 2015 when he joined them from French club RC Lens.

The midfielder was an important player for France in their 2015 European Under-17 Championship triumph.

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