Morning all.

Flo Balogun has gone for the remainder of the season. Chris Wilder, manager of Middlesbrough, had Sheffield Utd playing some of the best football the club has played in recent years, so hopefully he’ll work wonders with Flo. The Championship is a tough League and Middlesbrough are sitting just one place off the playoff places, but I hope this doesn’t mean Wilder will use our striker sparingly. He needs to play, gain more confidence and come back to Arsenal ready for the next chapter in his Arsenal career.

Both Thomas Partey and Mo Elneny suffered defeats in their opening fixtures of the ACON. not great for them, but it might good news for Arsenal. Another defeat for either, preferably both, and they’ll soon be heading back to north London.

In the meantime, we take on Liverpool tonight in the first of two fixtures which will decide who will face Chelsea at Wembley next month.

Mikel Arteta was giving nothing away in his press conference yesterday, no injury/fitness details and certainly no transfer news. Other than Eddie Nketiah is going nowhere this month, not that I believe that for one minute.

Tram news:

It is extremely volatile and uncertain, I don’t know what the situation is that we will have today or if it is different to yesterday. Obviously I cannot get into any detail with that. It is what it is, in the last week or so we lost so many players for many different reasons and we are trying to adapt to that. I will use the players that we have and make the most out of it.

With Covid around, could tonight’s fixture be postponed?

You can never guarantee anything because you know things can change dramatically in 10 seconds when the doctor comes to the door and gives you the news, and we have experienced that already twice this season. Our willingness is always to play.

Perhaps the Arsenal medical staff should have got their hands on some of the faulty testing kits Liverpool used a week ago! Or just lie!

The loss in the FA Cup at Nottingham Forest means the League Cup is our only opportunity to win silverware this season. Beating Liverpool over two legs won’t be easy, in fact I think it’s unlikely. Yes they have key players missing but so do we. If Granit Xhaka isn’t fit, I’ve no idea what our midfield will look like.

With the NLD taking place on Sunday, Mikel Arteta has a dilemma. Does he play the strongest team he has available tonight or keep players back for the derby? Do you hope to see Tavares, Nketiah, Kolasinac, Chambers, Holding etc, or our A team minus Partey and really go for this competition?

See you in the comments.