Morning all.

The news surrounding Granit Xhaka after he suffered injury on Sunday isn’t good. A ruptured inner ligament in his right knee which is likely to keep him out of the game for the next six to eight weeks. Rotten for him, Arsenal and Switzerland. I wish him a speedy recovery.

Sadly, these things happen in the game but as we know, when one door shuts, another opens for somebody else. Thomas Partey, plus one of Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohamed Elneny are Mikel Arteta’s options. In that order I’d imagine. Hopefully Xhaka will be back fit and healthy before the January transfer window opens ACON.

Talking of injuries, Brighton appear to have a lot. Danny Welbeck, Yves Bissouma, Adam Webster, Enock Mwepu, and Steven Alzate are all doubts for the Saturday evening kickoff according to Graham Potter.

Back to Arsenal, it’s that time of the month when fans can vote for their player of the month on the official site. My money is on Tomiyasu running away with it but doesn’t it make a change to have to think about it. Whilst our right back has been brilliant, so has Aaron Ramsdale and Gabriel. All of our summer signings have done well so far which is incredible really as often it takes players months, if not a full season to adjust to a new League. Martin Ødegaard had the benefit of five months in the Premier League of course and Ben White together with Aaron Ramsdale are used to English conditions but for Tomiyasu Takehiro, Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares, it’s been a whole new challenge. Any fans who doubted our new guys quality must surely have changed their view by now.

Aaron Ramsdale was ridiculed from pillar to post when Arsenal signed him because despite his player of the season awards for the last few seasons, his club had often been relegated. He’s proving to be a quality signing. I love his attitude, his constant chat, the way he celebrates a clearance with his teammates and he just seems focused. His personality is the opposite to Bernd Leno.

Two more players, both signed last summer, who’ve really improved in my option is Thomas Partey and Gabriel. Both struggled last season, Gabriel because of Covid and Partey was in and out with injury. If both can stay fit and healthy, Ramsdale too, our core will remain strong. If Aubameyang can continue to play like he did on Sunday, I think we’d have to look back to the Petit/Vieira days to find a stronger core in an Arsenal team.

I’m trying to think of when we had better fullbacks than we have today. Lauren and Cole perhaps? In Nuno Tavares, the club have a potentially top notch backup left back too. On the right though, we’re not quite as strong as after Tomiyasu Takehiro, it’s Calum Chambers or Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

But it’s much easier for squad players to join a team which is winning. If Arsenal can continue to build on the last three games, the two League Cup victories too, confidence will grow around the club in general and not just in the players involved in the matches.

Are you starting to believe a bit more?

See you in the comments.