Morning all.

Have you seen the “All Or Nothing – Arsenal” teaser yet? Me too and it looks spicy. The two minute clip doesn’t give too much away but I’m sure the series, which begins broadcasting on the 4th August on Amazon Prime, will. Was I surprised to see Mikel Arteta so animated, absolutely not.

Respect, commitment and passion. These values held by our manager are non-negotiable so now it’s quite clear why certain players were moved on. Not that I believe there are many Arsenal fans who need the rationale behind those particular departures to be confirmed.

Players will always come and go at Arsenal but finally, after a few years of things seeming a bit too relaxed at the club, Mikel Arteta, with the backing of the board, has instilled discipline and accountability. It’s simple, get with it or get out. Unai Emery tried it but he was at the club at the wrong time in my opinion and with the wrong people around him. But that’s history now.

Arsenal’s disappointing finish to last season is history too but in between the start and end to the campaign, there were a number of good performances. Despite losing the game, one of the best was against Man City in my opinion. The awful officials on the day didn’t cover themselves in glory and had they made better, maybe more honest decisions even, the result would have been quite different but as far as Arsenal’s football goes, certainly pre Gabriel’s red card, that’s the level we need to see much more of this coming season. If Arsenal could play like that back in January, they can certainly play better having made the additions the club has already made this summer. Even better once Oleksandr Zinchenko has made the switch to Arsenal from Man City.

City’s Rodri has spoken to Sky Sports, said he and his team-mates are happy for Zinchenko:

He’s been great as a team-mate, as a player. He deserved the best and we are going to miss him, but this is football, it continues and new players come in – we are happy for him.

Probably not as happy as a lot of Arsenal fans will be once he’s signed up. Pep Guardiola and Kyle Walker have also wished their player good luck so I think it’s safe to say that The Sun newspaper were being mischievous yesterday with their story about Zinchenko changing his mind.

Who or where next do Arsenal target this summer? A midfielder, striker, defender or do you think we’ll have a strong and deep enough squad to really compete with the clubs who finished above us last season? One of which is Totts of course and they’ve strengthened their numbers with six signings through the door already.

Chelsea have been pretty quiet so far but I suspect that’ll change before long, especially as they’ve said goodbye to a number of players.

Lukaku – loan
Charly Musonda – free
Antonio Rudiger – free
Andreas Christensen – free
Danny Drinkwater – free
Jake Clarke-Salter – free

There’s a whole lot of experience in there and not one penny has been made. Just saying.

I wouldn’t mind a Lukaku kind of player at Arsenal. Not his ego etc but tall, physically strong and someone to give the team something different up front when we need it. There must be a player out there somewhere just waiting for Edu to call. A midfielder too..

See you in the comments.