The international break seemed to endure for a while for most of us, but we were greeted today with some good news on the Arsenal front.

This season we have been bereft of the majority of our first choice defence. This at times left us a little short, with our loss to Liverpool in particular showing the chinks in our backline.

The club released pictures on social media of Kieran Tierney, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin taking part in first team training for the first time since their injuries.

Both Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin have been out of action since last season and missed the majority of it thanks to serious knee injuries. So the sight of both back with the main group and taking part in all parts of training is warming.

New signing Kieran Tierney has been unable to kick a ball in anger and make his debut for the club since his big money move from Celtic this summer. The full-back has suffered with a host of injuries but we may now get the chance to see the Scottish defender slip on an Arsenal shirt.

While they may all be near a return, we should dampen the optimism a little. The trio will be some way from their full capabilities for some time yet, and will most likely take part in some Under-23 games before we see them embark on a first team bow this campaign.

Rob Holding is one step further ahead than our pair of roving full-backs, having already made a return for the Under-23’s so we could have Rob back and possibly keeping out new boy David Luiz in the lineup.

Regardless of when we get to see the three back in action, it is definitely positive news as when they do come back, we will be far stronger as a consequence.

So let us wait with bated breath for our recovering trio and lap up every photo of them taking part in training.

Our team is set to be even stronger this season.