Arsenal held their third annual Members' Day in drab weather at the Emirates Stadium today, but despite the rain, the crowds were happily cheering on their heroes as Arsene Wenger put his first team squad through their paces.
Eduardo da Silva was first to greet the support as he was allowed to do some light jogging around the pitch, supervised by one of the Gunners' fitness coaches.
When the bulk of the first team did make an appearance, many of them instantly returned to the treatment room - William Gallas and Nicklas Bendtner being the most obvious of the senior players to sit out of training.
Tomas Rosicky also did some light training alongside Armand Traore, giving the impression that the French youngster must have picked up a knock to be at the same level of fitness as his Czech team mate, but those players missed out of the practise match that followed.
However, both Cesc Fabregas and Kolo Toure (who also trained together separately from the rest of the squad) did take place in the kickabout, although Samir Nasri dropped out of training shortly beforehand, while those Gooners present in the stadium saw another midfield regular writhing on the ground in agony following a challenge in the bounce game...
Don't worry too much though, as the player in question was Emmanuel Eboue, who proved to us all that even in a game where there is minimal contact, he can still manage to find himself rolling around on the pitch, clutching at his shin.
It was interesting to see the reaction of his team mates and the coaching staff. Referee Pat Rice allowed play to continue, Eboue was allowed to writhe away in the corner unattended and everyone basically ignored the Ivorian until he eventually struggled to his feet and after hobbling away for three or four paces, was quickly running around again.
The first half of the game saw the players only allowed two touches of the ball each, while the second half jumped up to a three-touch game, with Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie looking sharp and Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey looking as though they'd been playing as part of the first team for years. Carlos Vela also impressed and Theo Walcott looked eager to please the fans.
It's difficult to arrive at any real conclusions after watching such a training session in such an artificial atmosphere, but in terms of public relations and community spirit, the Members' Day is a hugely successful exercise and the players seem to enjoy it as much as the supporters.
Were you at Members' Day? If so, was there anyone who particularly impressed you? Were you as dismayed as your fellow Gooners to see that Eboue's histrionics spill over to the training pitch as well? Share your comments here