Morning all.

Record crowds watched the Arsenal women beat their Brighton counterparts last night. 4-0 was the end result with Beth Mead continuing her Euro’s form by scoring two of the goals. Kim Little and Stina Blackstenius Scored the other two. An early red card for Brighton meant Arsenal had a pretty easy night in defence. Next weekend, Arsenal are set to smash the WSL attendance record for the north London derby, having sold more than 45,000 tickets for the clash at The Emirates Stadium.

What on earth was Gareth Southgate thinking when he made his decisions about the England squad? Harry Maguire? Laughable really as are a few other choices he’s made but hey, it’s his job under scrutiny but I very much doubt ‘football will be coming home’ this autumn if the same squad travels to Qatar later this year. Oh well, Ben White can sit with the three Gabriel’s, Martinelli, Jesus and Magalhaes, and have a right old moan about not being called up for their country. We fans can be grateful that they won’t be travelling far, wide or coming back knackered.

Rumours are that Oleksandr Zinchenko has suffered another injury and could miss tomorrow’s game although Mikel Arteta wouldn’t/didn’t confirm or deny this during his press conference yesterday. All he said was:

One or two players can be considered for training and selection. Whoever will have to be ruled out, that is going to be tomorrow. (today) We have those 24 hours to see.

Emile Smith Rowe remains a doubt for tomorrow which must be frustrating for him.

It’s been an ongoing issue that Emile’s had. It’s something we are trying to assess and trying to help as much as possible because we need him fit, we need him available and we need him performing at the best level, because he’s such an important player for us.

It’s such a great shame that the medics at the club can’t get this injury sorted out once and for all for Emile, at least not yet anyway. I just hope for his sake, Arsenal’s too, that they can, and very soon. He was one of our highest goal scorers last season and there’s no doubt his absence is a huge miss. I just hope that his career isn’t going to emulate the likes Jack Wilshere, Kieran Tierney, Abou Diaby etc. Even RvP struggled with injuries, as did Tomas Rosicky. Who knows what Arsenal might have achieved had those players been fit for the most of their time spent at the club.

Thomas Partey seems to be another player who is key to the way Arsenal play, yet misses a lot of games through injury. He was due to return last weekend according to Martin Tyler so in theory, he should be ready for tomorrow’s midday game. I think I’ll believe it when I see him on the pitch.

The Mirror reckon Arsenal are in talks to sign Miguel Ângelo da Silva Rocha – aka Xeka. Portuguese, a midfielder and he’s 27 years old. Not the age of player Mikel Arteta seems to prefer these days but he’s free so he’d be a low risk signing if he joins.

I’ve never seen Xeka play but honestly, I can’t see Arsenal adding a player to this squad if a) he was no good and b) if he wasn’t going to bring something to the team, even if it’s just in the domestic cups and perhaps The Europa League.

Could he be any worse than Arthur Melo? Reports in the newspapers suggest Jürgen Klopp wants to send him back to where he came from already. Hilarious.

See you in the comments.

 

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