Later than usual today. Blame the skinful I had last night.
Got a last session in before we head into Tier 3 lockdown.
After a solid win against Dundalk, we prepare for Man U tomorrow.
Mikel Arteta is under pressure for the first time following a tough start to the season.
Whilst defeats against Liverpool and Manchester City were expected, the loss at home to Leicester City was extremely disappointing.
We ran out of steam against Leicester. Good for the first 60 minutes, goal disallowed, missed a big chance and then conceded to their first shot n target.
Arteta responded by rotating his entire team (bar Granit Xhaka) against the Irish side, giving everyone almost everyone expected to play against Man U a break.
Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson played well on Thursday, but it would be a surprise if either start tomorrow.
With David Luiz and Rob Holding our, expect Shkodran Mustafi to partner Gabriel at the back.
I expect us to go 433 rather than 343.
In other news, it was announced yesterday that Huss Fahmy, Arsenal’s director of football operations has left the club in the latest high-profile departure as part of the club’s restructuring.
This continues Arsenal’s slimming down of senior staff, narrowing the decision makers.
Arsenal are expected to hire a replacement but Fahmy’s successor will have a less-encompassing position and therefore would not occupy a place on the executive team.
Stay dry, stay warm, stay safe.
Up the Arsenal.