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Kieran Tierney available to get the Partey started against Man City

Proper football is back.

Although it comes with the caveat that you can’t watch games in the pub with mates; you can’t watch it your home with mates; you can only watch it outside with mates. And no more than 6.

Luckily I have no mates so it isn’t a huge issue.

Arsenal play Man City at 4:30pm. Where and how you watch it is up to you. Watch it on your own. Watch it in a pub with mates. Just be careful.

The good news for Arsenal is that Kieran Tierney is now available following Arsenal’s appeal against his isolation.

Tierney was adamant that he remained 3m from the Scotland player that tested positive. There was no evidence to the contrary and, alongside testing negative for COVID19 and positive for COVID19 anti-bodies, the authorities came to the right decision.

Deadline day for domestic transfers was yesterday.

William Saliba went nowhere. Neither did Sokratis, Sead Kolasinac, Calum Chambers or Shkodran Mustafi.

With the next window opening in around 10 weeks, I imagine we will use January to move on any unneeded players – whether on loan or transferred out.

Saliba was an interesting one.

There was plenty of interest. He isn’t registered in the Europa League squad. With a lack of central defenders in the U23s, maybe the plan is to play him week in, week out there till the new year?

Last little bit.

Got in an overnight discussion with some Spurs fans.

I questioned why people put Daniel Levy on a pedastool having overseen a period of 1 League Cup in 20 years.

One fan boasted to me that Levy had increased his personal wealth from £12m to £800m during that period. That’s a new one to stick into the trophy cabinet.

Hopefully today we get the Partey started!

Keenos

Thomas Partey set to start as transfer window finally shuts

Morning all.

Proper football finally returns tomorrow. Hallelujah.

It is a tough little game for Arsenal as we travel to Manchester City, and continues a tough little run.

In our first 11 games of the season, we would have played Liverpool, Manchester City, Man U and Tottenham away.

Throw in home games against Sheffield United, Leicester City and Wolves, as well as inform Aston Villa and an away trip to newly promoted Leeds and it makes it a tough start to the season.

If we come out of those 11 games with 7 wins (we already have 3), we would have done well.

That would have us on course for top 4.

If we can snatch a couple of draws or a win in one of those tough away games, it will be a bonus.

The big question for Mikel Arteta is whether to or not to start Thomas Partey.

Partey has played all 3 of Atletico Madrid’s game this season, completing 90 minutes in the last 2. His last league game being just before the international break.

He also played 180 minutes against Mali and Qatar for Ghana.

So match fitness will not be a problem.

He was at the training ground on Tuesday taking his promotion pictures having flown in from international duty. He probably did not join full training.

Wednesday would have been the first day he joined the full group.

Arsenal were not as depleted as some might think during the international break. We only had ten players in action.

Alongside Partey was Ainsley Maitland Niles, Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah for England. Alex Runarsson, Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka, Sead Kolasinac, Bernd Leno, Nicolas Pepe were also on duty for their country.

We also had Kieran Tierney travel with Scotland, but he had to go into isolation following the positive Coronavirus test of a teammate.

The likes of Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, David Luiz, Gabriel, Mo Elneny, Joe Willock, Willian, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did not travel.

Looking at Manchester City, you have to think the starting XI will be made up with the majority of players who were not on international duty. Perhaps adding either Saka or Maitland-Niles at left wing back (neither player played much and all 3 of England’s fixtures were at home).

Having got 3 days training under his belt, Partey will start in the middle of the park. Arteta’s headache will be who to partner him.

Xhaka last played on Tuesday against Germany, so there is no reason he would not have returned from the short trip fully fit and ready to go:

Leno

Holding Luiz Gabriel

Bellerin Xhaka Partey Saka

Willian Lacazette Auba

Today is the last day of the domestic transfer window. Do not expect Arsenal to do anything.

Have a good Friday.

Keenos

The dullness is nearly over…

Morning all.

Transfer window shuts tomorrow. Again.

This time it is the domestic window that shuts. Not sure what the point of the extension was?

Arsenal still have too many non-home grown players. But as do so many other Premier League clubs. It means the likes of Sokratis and Sead Kolasinac will not move out on loan.

The January transfer window opens in less than 11 weeks time. Expect the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers, Sokratis and Kolasinac to move out on loan then. If they ever get fully fit.

What it basically means is that Arsenal will have to not register 2 non-home grown players. One will be a German that we are no longer mentioning.

The other will be a toss up between Sokratis and Mustafi. Probably all dependant on Mustafi’s injury progress.

Mustafi got the nod in the Europa League, so there are two schools of thought.

The first is that Mustafi is rated higher than Sokratis by Mikel Arteta, so will be resgistered ahead of the Greek.

The other is that Sokratis might be registered in the Premier League, so that they “share” the loads – one on the bench in the league; the other on the bench in the Europa League.

Who knows? And who really cares?

England were typically dull last night.

How Gareth Southgate is taking an exciting bunch of young players, from Jadon Sancho ,Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Mason Greenwood and more and getting them to play so boring and defensive is beyond me.

Southgate is a boring, bland individual. A safe bet for the FA. And he sets up his team in the same way.

Boring. Bland. Safe.

5 defenders with 2 defensive midfielders is just overkill.

He also clearly has his favourites regardless of form. From Mason Mount to Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker.

Maguire had a stinker and got sent off.

Why Southgate then took off Ainsley Maitland-Niles for Tyrone Mings is baffling.

Surely it would have made more sense to take off Kyle Walker or Reece James, and leave the bloke who actually plays left back at left back – and go into a flat back 4 in the process.

1-nil down and down to 10 mean and Southgate still has his 5 defenders and 2 defensive midfielders on the pitch. He then brings on Jordan Henderson.

Dull as dishwater and it ruined Maitland-Niles’s first start for England.

Good job Gareth.

Just been announced that London is going into lockdown. This means no mixed households indoors and will ruin many peoples plans to watch the football in pubs on Saturday.

Without going too political, the Government is making a mess of this, and whilst its actions might save a few an people from dying of COVID19, thousands more lives will be lost due to the restrictions.

It is easy to say “businesses can be rebuilt” but the lives associated with these businesses collapsing may not be.

Anyway, just be sensible.

Keenos