Morning all.

The Football League bottled making a big decision yesterday. Instead of telling Liverpool to use their Under 23 players to boost their squad numbers so our League Cup semi-final fixture could go ahead tonight, they took the easy option, or rather the best option for Liverpool, and postponed it.

Arsenal ave now had their fixtures juggled in order to suit the EFL meaning that we now play five fixtures within fourteen days. Three domestic cup matches, with the noisy neighbours in the middle and Burnley at the end.

Sunday 9th – Nottingham Forest. A
Thursday 13th – Liverpool. A
Sunday 16th – Toots. A
Thursday 20th – Liverpool. H
Sunday 23rd – Burnley. H

Then there’s a two week break, however, if Covid keeps spreading at the rate it is, will that break go out the window?

With tonight’s game being postponed, Gabriel will now be available for both matches against Liverpool as his ban will be served on Sunday.

Sky Sports have been talking transfers this morning, something they love at this time of year. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the main talking point which is understandable as he’s in the naughty corner at Arsenal. Also, the team are playing better without him so the big question being asked is, is there a way back for our ex captain at Arsenal? Not right now of course as he’s on international duty but I can’t see him coming back after either.

Sky Sports also suggested that Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari and Eddie Nketiah could all leave permanently this month. Add in AMN on loan to Roma and that’s two potential replacements for Thomas Partey gone. An injury to either Granit Xhaka or Sambi Lokonga, or a positive Covid test and Mikel Arteta will have a problem. A big one I think, and certainly one which is bigger than we already have. Ben White is an option too but if Chambers and Mari both go, we’re suddenly short at the back. But does anyone truly believe that Edu and Arteta would allow this to happen without a plan in place? No, me neither. I’m convinced the club are going to do some transfer business this month and not just exits.

Football fans are impatient though, I know I am. If Arsenal are going to sign a player, I want them through the door on day one but of course, it’s not that easy. We’re not City, Utd, Chelsea or even Newcastle who have money to burn so its probably more difficult to get deals over the line.

If Brighton really do want Nketiah, I hope Arsenal do all they can to get Yves Bissouma included in the deal. I know he’s at the ACON but I doubt he’ll be there long. Whichever club wants Chambers, push hard for the best fee possible because he’s English and English players cost more.

The headlines in the newspapers quote Jack Wilshere as saying he’s fit and ready to play. For sure he’s fit because he’s been training with Arsenal over the last few months but could he be the answer to our midfield shortage? My heart says yes but my head says no. I’m sure there are other Arsenal fans who think similarly about Aaron Ramsey. If either or both signed until the end of the season, would this Arsenal squad be stronger? On paper perhaps. But I always believe in life that one should never go back. Move forward and start a new chapter in life because going back is seldom the same and hardly ever better.

Better is what Arsenal need going forwards in my opinion. There’s little point in signing players who are not better than who we have. Unless they’re a younger player with great potential and that does seem to be the direction in which Arsenal are heading. For the rest of this season though, a bit experience within the squad would do no harm at all imo.

What do you think?

Lastly, both Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Martinelli are on the short list for the Premier League player of the month award. David James said the latter should win it because watching Martinelli gives him a buzz.

See you in the comments.