Morning all.

Bukayo Saka’s comments have fuelled speculation that he’s close to signing a new contract. Great news if that’s the case.

Not such good news is Arsenal facing Aston Villa tonight, possibly without Oleksandr Zinchenko but definitely without Thomas Partey and Mo Elneny. Mikel Arteta’s options are limited, especially if Zinchenko is ruled out too. Granit Xhaka, Sambi Lokonga and at a push, AMN, although the latter seems more likely to leave than play this evening.

Aston Villa are going through a rough patch, having registered just one win in the opening four fixtures. Fans are restless and calling for Steven Gerrard to be sacked. Do I care? Absolutely not and if Mikel Arteta’s team can make his problems greater tonight then even better. Honestly, I hope we thump them.

Whilst the Aston Villa game is the priority for Mikel Arteta today, the board really need to do all they can to get a midfielder into the club before deadline day tomorrow. The only surprise about Thomas Partey’s injury is that it’s come so early in the season. Thank goodness it’s come now though and at the same time as Mo Elneny because if anything is going to focus the board on signing a midfielder, it’s this situation. I’d like to think the club’s intention to sign a midfielder has always been there because if you and I can see the glaringly obvious problem, so can Edu and Arteta.

Rumours are going into overdrive now our midfield addition has gone from being a perhaps to desperate. NewsNow has us linked to anyone whose name has been mentioned before this summer. From Youri Tielemans and Julian Weigl, to Arsenal have submitting a £20million offer to Palmeiras for the purchase of Danilo, according to GOAL Brasil. The offer was delivered to São Paulo on Tuesday as the Gunners search for midfield reinforcements with just two days left in the summer transfer window. (Football London) The Mirror claim that Mykhaylo Mudryk has liked a post on Instagram claiming Arsenal are interested in signing him before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

So, we’re in for a busy couple of days of stories relating to Arsenal and transfers but if we only sign a central defence minded midfielder, I reckon we’ll be ok.

Lastly, there’ll be a new face officiating a Premier League game for us tonight as Robert Jones makes his first appearance in a league game involving Arsenal. If the end result is the same as the League Cup 5-1 thrashing of Sunderland last year, we’ll all be happy I’m sure. Apart from Aaron Ramsdale. Lol.

See you in the comments.