Morning all.

Arsenal title contenders? 100% said Declan Rice after the game on Monday night.

They are a top team you can see they are coached incredibly well, have a lot of attacking talent, a young squad and they can go the whole way for sure.

Rice was in my opinion, West Ham’s best player. He popped up everywhere, often in defence to quash an Arsenal attack. He really would suit a red and white kit. If Arsenal really are looking for another midfielder, I’d rather it was Rice than Tielemans but I think when he moves, which he’s bound to one day, the clubs with a bottomless financial pit will snap him up.

I digress, there’s so much bitterness in this world, it’s good to hear/read a compliment. For Rice to tell the media how good this group of players are under Mikel Arteta, whilst praising the manager too, is really positive.

I think we’re title contenders but I’m not convinced we’ll win it. Newcastle Utd are flying, Man City are Man City and Liverpool won’t just fade away as I wish they would. There’s Chelsea, Man Utd and Totts to consider too, not that I think any of those three have a hope in heck of winning the league. The bonus we have right now is we have a lot of points in the bag and more than any other club.

Arsenal sit ten points and a game in hand over 4th place Tottenham which is a good place to be at this stage of the season, but, we’re yet to play Man City or Newcastle Utd and still have to play Utd at The Emirates and both Tottenham and Liverpool away. But of course, all the clubs below us (sounds good eh) have to play each other too so points are going to be dropped some/all of them at some stage. As will Arsenal I’m sure.

We play Brighton this weekend, it’ll be tough. They’ve already knocked us out of the league cup this season so they will be confident, regardless of the fact that Mikel Arteta will field a stronger side.

Then we go into January when the fixtures are just as tough, if not tougher.

This is when our so call ‘friendly’ fixtures at the start of the season could bite us on the backside but, they’ve given the manager and players a chance to gel, to gain momentum and build confidence as a team. During that time though, we beat Tottenham and Liverpool at home and Chelsea away. We’ve also beaten both Brentford and Crystal Palace on the road which is something we couldn’t manage last season.

Squad depth/strength might cause a few problems as we go through the remainder of the season but if Arsenal can agree a deal for Mykhaylo Mudryk and perhaps even Youri Tielemans/similar too, I personally believe we’d be one of the favourites to secure a top four spot. Of course the aim should be to win the league as that’s the aim from the off but are we as a club as well equipped to do so in comparison to Newcastle, Man City and Liverpool? All who are likely to strengthen their squad next month, two of which money seems to be no object. Liverpool have already done just that by signing Cody Gakpo and tonight, Sky Sports have announced that Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Molde striker David Datro Fofana.

Anyway, at the moment, barring Gabriel Jesus, the squad is looking in good shape with Oleksandr Zinchenko back and both Takehiro Tomiyasu and Emile Smith Rowe to return very soon. Both will be a boost to the squad, especially with an FA Cup fixture to play next month as well.

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