Morning all.

Bukayo Saka has had a really good season for Arsenal. If one was to be super critical about his game, he doesn’t score enough goals. The same can be said of Arsenal in general though. Our young midfielder, winger/left back has been nominated for the Premier League Young Player Of The Season Award. He won’t get it though, just like Thierry Henry never won the Balloon.

The list of nominees:

Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
Phil Foden (Manchester City)
Illan Meslier (Leeds)
Mason Mount (Chelsea)
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Declan Rice (West Ham)

Dias or Foden are favourites I’m sure, so any player outside of Manchester City can forget it. I reckon Mount will come third.

A big congratulations to Bukayo Saka though for his call up to the England squad for this summers Euros. Selfishly though, I’d hoped he’d just miss out so his body would get a proper rest away from the game. Every player wants to represent his country though so it’ll be a proud moment for him when he steps out in England colours for the first time in a major competition.

The transfer rumours relating to Arsenal are in overdrive. Exciting eh? Ok, maybe not but they’re out there in numbers and one or two might turn out to be true. A combination of Sky Sports Paper Talk, NewsNow and Social Media have us linked to:

RB – Zeki Celik
CM – Albert Sambi Lokonga or Yves Bissouma
GK’s – Mat Ryan and Andre Onana

Sterling and Odegaard stories rumble on too.

If, and I know it’s a big if, Arsenal are looking to snap Ryan up for free and Onana on what is likely to be a much reduced fee because of his ‘drugs ban’ – surely Bernd Leno must be leaving?

If Arsenal are signing a right-back, Hector Bellerin is jetting off to pastures new.

A central midfielder? A must this summer I think but who’ll it’ll be remains to be seen.

I saw this on Twitter.

Funny eh.

A more serious note re Onana though is his appeal hearing today. He’s currently serving a twelve month ban which began in February after testing positive for the banned substance Furosemide the previous October. The player has always maintained his innocence, saying he’d mistaken his wife’s prescription medication for Asprin.

I looked up Furosemide and this is what Wikipedia says: Furosemide, sold under the brand name Lasix among others, is a loop diuretic medication used to treat fluid build-up due to heart failure, liver scarring, or kidney disease. It may also be used for the treatment of high blood pressure.

Not nice for his wife if she suffers from any of the above health issues.

What are the most common side effects?

Common side effects include feeling lightheaded with standing, ringing in the ears, and sensitivity to light. Potentially serious side effects include electrolyte abnormalities, low blood pressure, and hearing loss.

Why on earth would any sportsperson think taking Furosemide might enhance their performance? No one of sound mind would in my opinion so unless Onana is himself is not in the best of health, in which case I wouldn’t have thought he’d be playing football in the first place.

If a person is going to take such a risk to improve their game, I think they’d be taking something other than Furosemide. Fresh air, a healthy diet and exercise would be my advice…

Didn’t Kolo Toure once take his wife’s medication by accident? He served a six month ban I think so perhaps Onana will have at least have his reduced. Cut in half would be ideal if he’s heading to Arsenal.

See you in the comments.