Morning all.

Look who’s back, Kieran Tierney and Alex Lacazette. The perfect boost ahead of tomorrow’s fixture against Villarreal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found the back of the net at the weekend which is good for him and the team and along with Gabriel Martinelli, our attacking line up will be a lot stronger than it was in the first leg.

I hope Mikel Arteta sticks with Martinelli as he’s the kind of player who can cause any defence problems.


Lacazette seems to be the guy which links our attack together. When he plays together with Bukayo Saka and ESR, Arsenal have often looked good in attack. Tierney and whoever plays in front of him will be a very different problem for Villarreal to face than Granit Xhaka.

But of course, not every player can start and if there’s the slightest of doubt about Tierney and Lacazette, they won’t. Unai Emery knows how good Tierney and Martinelli are, after all, he was the coach when both players signed for Arsenal.

If Tierney starts, Xhaka is likely to drop back into midfield and love or loathe him, alongside Partey, we’ll be stronger. Ceballos misses out of course after being sent off in the first leg.

Matt Ryan was excellent at the weekend. He’s did everything Bernd Leno often does. He takes hold of crosses, distributes the ball quickly and looks comfortable doing what he does. But, it was thanks to Leno that Arsenal are still in this tie. Two really good saves, the first to deny Chukwueze, the second, even better than his first, prevented Moreno from scoring. At 2-0 down there was hope, had we gone 4-0 down, I’m sure there’d have been no way back.

Also, we have Pepe to thank for converting his penalty, Saka for being clever in the box too and why not go over? Referees give nothing if a player stays on his feet.

Arsenal might be 2-1 down but they’re by no means out of this competition.

See you in the comments.