Good morning to all and especially good morning to the fantastic September sunshine we have.
With Arsenal not playing until tomorrow – a lunch time trip to Cardiff, today is one of those days where you are often lost as to what to do.
An early start tomorrow means you do not particularly want to spend all day today in the sun drinking. Today is the perhaps a day for sitting watching the cricket in the garden.
Yesterday Moen Ali made a mockery of the England selectors by taking a 5-for. It still baffles me that the selectors caused so much fuss picking Adil Rashid when at test level Ali is the better spinner.
An stylish 40 also makes you question why he was dropped when England have struggled with their batting in the last 12 months.
The dates for the tour of the West Indies tour have just come out for 2019. Anyone who has been on an England away cricket tour, it is something you have to experience.
Yesterday there were three bits of Arsenal news.
The first was the Europa League draw.
A fairly uninspiring draw.
Lisbon in October is a tempter, especially as I realise that I have already got the week booked off work.
Vorskla is in the middle of no where. A 3 and a half hour trip to Kiev followed by a 3 and a half hour train to Poltava. By the time you add getting to Gatwick and changing from plane to train you are looking at 10 hours. Fair play to all those that go.
Then you have Qarabag; as it stands Arse al are advising fans not to book the trip to Baku, Azerbaijan.
Arsenal playing the long game with Qarabag and Baku
With the final being there we need to make it clear that Henrikh Mkhitaryan must be able to play
We bow down to their politics now and we have no choice when it comes to the final
If UEFA force the game to be re-venued, they will have no choice but to do the same if we make the final and Mkhitaryan can’t go
The second bit of news was Reiss Nelson
Firstly the above picture began circulating. Indicating that the rumours during the week about him joining Hoffenheim were true.
A few hours later Arsenal announced that the 18-year old had signed a new long term contract with the club and all parties had got what they wanted.
Finally last night I was at the Emirates for the U23 game against Tottenham.
Using the ground for the Premier League 2 games is a brilliant idea.
With free tickets it enables those who can not afford, or are unable to get to senior games to see The Arsenal at home.
Yesterday there were plenty of dads with their sons and daughters. With fans becoming disillusioned with senior football, I can only see U23 becoming more popular.
Arsenal won 2-1 and missed a penalty. Tottenham has a man sent off near the end of the game.
I was most impressed by young centre back Daniel Ballard.
He was released by the club by Liam Brady as a 14-year old, he was resigned by the club in 2016 under Andres Jonker. Last year he signed a professional contract and captained the squad that made the FA Youth Cup final.
Now 19 I was hugely impressed of his performance yesterday.
So today it is cricket and gardening. Have a good Saturday.
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