Morning all.

The Man Utd fans might have inadvertently helped Arsenal out but only if we can muster up a good enough performance against Villarreal on Thursday night. The Utd v Liverpool fixture has to be played before the end of the season, Sunday 23rd May but between now and that date either Liverpool or Utd have either a weekend or midweek fixture. Just how the PL will come up with a date for the postponed fixture I don’t know but it’ll definitely (notice no ‘a’ so it’s not me) mean Utd will have a busier schedule before the Europa Cup Final than they’d have liked. I hope it’s slotted in during the final week of the season and it’s a tough tough game for both sides.

Thierry Henry was a guest on Sky Sports Monday Night Football and had something quite interesting to say:

I think it is going to be long and not easy if it does ever happen. One thing that I want to reiterate is that Daniel will not move away, he will be there waiting to see if they want to sell. He already – I’ll give you something – reached out [to the Kroenkes] and already said himself that he had collected the funds to make sure that he can put in a good bid.

 

They now need to listen. A lot of people have been screaming that they want the owner out. We are trying to offer a solution involving the fans and getting the DNA of the club back. There needs to be a discussion, but he reached out.

I doubt Thierry Henry would make such a claim if it weren’t true so fingers crossed the Kroenke enterprise say yes. Not that any of us know what kind of owner he’d be should his attempt to buy Arsenal be successful. Had the Kroenke family, along with other clubs, not felt the need to support a Super League, I very much doubt the protests like we saw outside the Emirates and Old Trafford would have taken place. You reap what you sow I guess.

The Premier League is ‘introducing an owners’ charter to protect its “core principles” which all club owners must sign up to’ –  Sky Sports. In other words, a breakaway league will not happen which probably won’t please the likes of Stan Kroenke or anyone else hoping to make a quick few millions of pounds and that has to be a good thing. Not just for the Premier League but for football in general. Here in the UK, football is about winning titles regardless of which division, domestic cup upsets and relegation. Excitement and misery in equal measures.

Excitement v misery, emotions of which Arsenal FC and it fans will feel one of this Thursday. Of course I hope it’s not the latter. Regardless of how our domestic season has gone, Mikel Arteta needs two massive performances from his players. The first on Thursday and the second in the final against Man Utd. The West Brom fixture at the weekend is irrelevant, this week is about 95 minutes of effort, commitment and discipline against Unai Emery’s team.

See you in the comments.