PHOTOS: Arsenal stars back in training

Arsenal's players looked champing at the bit as they reported back for pre-season training at their London Colney headquarters on Tuesday, although there was one notable absentee.

The Gunners had a spring in their step after ending their long wait for a trophy with their FA Cup final victory against Hull in May.

Wojciech Szczesny, Kieran Gibbs and Aaron Ramsey were among those being out through their paces as the north Londoners look to improve on their fourth-place finish from last season.

They were kitted out in the new Puma training gear after the 20-year association with Nike came to an end.

Arsenal's stars could soon be joined by Chile's World Cup star Alexis Sanchez as they close on the signing of the Barcelona ace.

Arsene Wenger's men kick off their pre-season schedule against Boreham Wood on Saturday week before a trip to the US to take on New York Red Bulls.

The Gunners host Benfica and Monaco in the Emirates Cup, then take on Manchester City in the FA Community Shield on August 10.