Morning all.

Still feeling chipper after the weekends results? Yes, me too, even more so after the Arsenal Women beat Brighton 3-0 in the FA Cup semi-final yesterday and do I dare add that Emi Martinez conceding another four goals made me smile too? I loved him as an Arsenal player and I totally understood that he wanted first team football but he’s been too vocal since he left, just like so many before him who’ve left the club so my days of wanting him or Aston Villa for that matter, to do well are well and truly over. Plus of course, Arsenal have a gem of their own now in Aaron Ramsdale who really has become a fans favourite. I’m not one who believes in ‘I told you so’ but it was obvious when the club paid as much money as they did for Aaron Ramsdale, he wasn’t joining to play second fiddle to Bernd Leno. Too much was made of the fact that teams he played for ended up being relegated, too much negativity surrounded him signing and all long before he ever donned an Arsenal shirt. A quick check on YouTube would have shown what he’s capable of.

Same applies to all our summer signings really, Nuno Tavares who? The signing of Takehiro Tomiyasu was scoffed at in the back pages, as was spending £50m on Ben White (guilty as charged) and Sambi Lokonga was a signing for the future surely? Yet Tomiyasu has settled in nicely and making a big difference to the team while Ben White together with Gabriel are forming a good relationship together. As for young Tavares, well that so called pointless signing is a fantastic young player who Arsenal did well to find. Lokonga and Partey get stronger together as each game goes by and Martin Odegaard might have had a few up and down performances since his permanent move to the club but there’s no doubting his quality and ability. Also, let’s not forget the young striker who Arsenal snapped up from Fulham, Mika Biereth. 

So here we are, the 1st November and things are looking so much better for Arsenal and much of that is down to the signings the club made back in the summer and of course, the way everyone has got on board with Mikel Arteta and the way he wants the team to play. I’m not trying to suggest all is perfect because it’s not. I know that because Mikel Arteta has said it time and time again. We’re not always going to survive the kind of battering Leicester City gave us in that second half and I’d imagine that’s just part of what Mikel Arteta is referring to. Then again, not many clubs can do what Leicester City did in my opinion. Barring the obvious ones of course. The next big test for this young team will be Liverpool at Anfield right after yet another international break.

Before then though, Watford at The Emirates is big test but in a different kind of way. Yes we’ve had two great results and we’re on an unbeaten run of nine I think it is but sometimes in this game, it’s the club’s we expect to beat which can cause Arsenal problems. Take Watford lightly at our peril I think. After all, they put five past Everton at Goodison Park.

Arsenal have a week off now whereas the clubs around us like West Ham, Leicester City, Man Utd etc, all have European fixtures to contend with. Why were playing on Sunday though I’ve no idea…

See you in the comments.