Morning all.

I didn’t watch the game but by the sounds of it, the referee was awful. How is this not a penalty?

I read that we wasted a glut of goal scoring opportunities and Villa’s goal shouldn’t have stood. Martin Odegaard suffered an injury thanks to McGinn.

Speaking post-match, Mikel Arteta said:

I’m really pleased, really happy, especially with the performance in the first half. I thought we were brilliant, we were at it, we were really intense, we played with enormous speed, quality and efficiency and we should have scored four or five goals and the game would have been over.

Despite maintaining a perfect start to the season with five wins out of five, I hope our form in front of goal improves because against teams who defend better than those we’ve come up against so far, missed chances in the numbers we’re creating, will cost us points.

The question this morning is, can Arsenal cope with just Granit Xhaka and Sambi Lokonga in midfield for the next few weeks, assuming that’s how long Thomas Partey, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Mo Elneny will be ruled out?

Between now and 18th September, we have five fixtures to play. Man Utd at Old Trafford on Sunday followed by FC Zurich away, Everton at home, PSV Eindhoven at home before a short trip to Brentford just before the international break. October is even more hectic with nine fixtures crammed into the 31 days including matches against Totts, Liverpool and Man City.

Signing a central defensive midfielder or box to box midfielder today wouldn’t be a panic signing in my opinion as we’ve needed that type of player for years now and even more so since it became clear that Thomas Partey was always one game away from breaking down. A bit like Kieran Tierney really, it’s been when and not if, he’ll suffer an injury. The addition of Zinchenko has been great but he fill in any gaps when he himself is ruled out through injury.

In my opinion, this has been the best transfer window for Arsenal in a long long time but without a quality midfield signing today, I thinks there’s a danger of all the great work the club has done, suffering a huge blip on the pitch. It’s easy to suggest player x, y and z could fill in in midfield, but that has an impact on the balance of the team. Ben White seems to be the most flexible as far as position goes but is Takehiro Tomiyasu ready to play 90 minutes against Man Utd? Or Cedric Soares? That’s just an example.

The names in the Arsenal transfer gossip are Douglas Luiz, Danilo and Youri Tielemans. As the day goes by, I’m sure more names will pop up, especially as other clubs are being to he same three players. Saying that, it matters not which clubs are interested if the player is set on joining one particular club.

Mikel Arteta:

We are looking at options. Obviously [Elneny’s injury] has an impact because Thomas Partey is injured and we are a bit short in that position. We do have Albert Sambi Lokonga and Granit Xhaka who can play there. We are just looking at options in the market. As I said, the club has been super supportive to try to keep improving the squad and the team as we can, and if the right player is available and we can do it, we will try.

AMN has gone to Southampton on loan for a season. The deal includes an option to buy according to reports yesterday so it’s in his interest to put his head down and work hard. At least he won’t play against us.

Enjoy deadline day, let’s hope its fruitful for Arsenal.