Morning all.

An interesting round of fixtures take place this weekend with a few of the top half of the table clubs playing each other.

 

From the BBC.

 

The Manchester derby tomorrow lunchtime is the big one of the day which I hope ends with a draw and then on Sunday it’s West Ham v Liverpool. Arsenal v Watford too of course and I’m hoping for another strong showing at The Emirates along with three big points.

Whatever the result turns out to be at The London Stadium later in the day, it’s a win win for Arsenal. If West Ham win, great, Liverpool won’t be going the season unbeaten. If Liverpool win, it closes the gap between ourselves and West Ham, as long as Arsenal win their match of course, and a draw helps Arsenal too. Oh, and for just one day, I hope both Leeds and Everton win their matches.

It seems the rumour about Kieran Tierney being involved this weekend has some truth to it as Arsenal have confirmed that if he passes a late assessment, he’ll be fit for selection. Tierney suffered bruising to his left ankle during the Palace game so there’s been no bones or muscles to heal which is positive for him and the club.

The update on Granit Xhaka is that’s he’s not expected to be back in full training until early in the New Year. Even if he makes a full recovery and an earlier than expected one, there’s always a chance he could suffer setbacks when he returns. We’ve seen it so many times before haven’t we? Medial knee ligament damage can have a big impact on a players game. I would say a player can lose a bit of pace but I won’t go there, after all, one can’t lose what one doesn’t have in the first place. LOL Seriously though, I hope his recovery and return go smoothly because even though he’s not perfect, we’ll need him in the New Year.

The October Premier League Player of The Month nominees are out and to no surprise, Aaron Ramsdale is on the list.

Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
Ben Chilwell (Chelsea)
Maxwel Cornet (Burnley)
Phil Foden (Manchester City)
Tino Livramento (Southampton)
Declan Rice (West Ham)
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Youri Tielemans (Leicester City)

Unless there’s a ruling which states only one player from each club can be nominated then I’m very surprised Emile Smith Rowe is absent from the above list as he’s been outstanding for his club. Not only has he missed out on the POTM award, Gareth Southgate has ignored him too. Still, England’s loss is Arsenal’s gain because as said yesterday, the Under 21’s have only one competitive game during the international break and hopefully, he’ll get a bit of a breather when the friendly fixture takes place.

Sky Sports have a piece on our midfielder today which includes Jamie Carragher having described him as “the best player I’ve seen running with the ball in the Premier League” during Arsenal’s recent 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

I didn’t know this little factoid:

As an academy player during the off-season, he attended training sessions with Team GB sprint coaches Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo and Marvin Rowe, picking up knowledge and techniques that would later prove invaluable. Smith Rowe was even told he had the athletic ability to be a runner if football didn’t work out for him. Fortunately, there was never much doubt that he would find his way in football. The England squad remains out of reach for now but if his progress at Arsenal continues at the same pace, it will not be long until Emile Smith Rowe becomes impossible to ignore.

Thank goodness he didn’t take up running eh…

See you in the comments.