Morning to you.
Arsenal will according to The Mail, narrowly stay within Financial Fair Play spending limits, financial analysts expect, despite being placed on a watchlist by the European football governing body, UEFA. Not sure what narrowly equates to or how it affects our hopes of a winger and midfielder joint before deadline day but if it’s a choice between one of the two, it’s a midfielder for me.
It seems like Nicolas Pepe is finally moving away from the Premier League and back to France with Nice. It’s a loan deal according to Sky Sports. Fabrizio Romano suggests Pepe has taken a pay cut in order to make this move possible and Nice will cover the majority of this. AMN could be next as a few clubs appear to be interested in capturing his services with West Ham and Southampton in the mix. I hope he stays in the Premier League, only because it’ll settle a few differences about whether he does have what it takes to be a really good footballer or not.
Arsenal were one of a number of Premier League clubs to included in the draw for the League Cup last night and other than being paired against Man City or Liverpool, I don’t think the draw could have been worse for us other than being Brighton away but at least the fixture is at The Emirates. Graham Potter’s teams are usually well prepared and extremely difficult to beat so unless he makes a glut of changes, Mikel Arteta’s team are in for a tough match. I don’t think I’ve seen as many Premier League clubs drawn against each other at this stage of the competition before.
Ties to be played from 8-10 November
Leicester v Newport County
West Ham v Blackburn
Wolves v Leeds
Nottingham Forest v Tottenham
Manchester United v Aston Villa
Bournemouth v Everton
Liverpool v Derby
Burnley v Crawley
Bristol City v Lincoln
Manchester City v Chelsea
Stevenage v Charlton
MK Dons v Morecambe
Newcastle v Crystal Palace
Southampton v Sheffield Wednesday
Arsenal v Brighton
Brentford v Gillingham
So much for hoping we’d draw Crawley Town eh….
The Europa Cup draw takes place tomorrow lunchtime so we’ll know exactly how our fixtures look up until Christmas. Hectic!
For the draw, we’re in Pot 1 along with Roma, Manchester United, Lazio, Braga and Red Star Belgrade, so we won’t face any of them in the group stage. We could however, be drawn in the same group as Monaco, Real Sociedad, Rennes, Union Saint-Gilloise, Real Betis, Union Berlin, Freiburg, Nantes, Qarabag, Midtjylland, Sturm Graz and others who progress in this competition. Last night, FC Copenhagen, Rangers and Dinamo Zagreb made it through to the group stage but the rest are yet to be decided as they play tonight. Fenebahce look favourites to go through, as do Ferencvárosi TC, Malmo FF and Omonia Nicosia, not that I’ve a clue what those clubs are about. The joys of Europa I guess but I do hope the draw is kinder to us than the League Cup has been. Right the way through to the final in Budapest.
Lyon have rejected West Ham’s €40m offer for midfielder Lucas Paqueta according to Sky Sports, aren’t we meant to be interested in signing him?
See you in the comments.