Morning to all you disappointed Arsenal fans…

Just as it looked like a deal for Mykhailo Mydryk was close to being agreed, Chelsea went and made Shakhtar Donetsk a better offer. David Ornstein broke the news yesterday evening and at the time of writing this, the player has agreed a seven year deal. Oh well, if the player can switch his preferred next move as quick as he has appeared to, perhaps we’ve swerved a player who might get itchy feet if a better offer came from elsewhere in the future. For the last two weeks he’s been teasing Arsenal fans, hinting he was ready to play for Mikel Arteta, yet when all he had to do is say no to the move to west London, he didn’t.

Shakhtar have played a blinder haven’t they but it’s their prerogative, just as it’s Chelsea’s to outbid us for a player. Again. Other than a massive salary, I can’t for the life of me understand why any player would want to sign for Chelsea right now.

I’d like to think Arsenal have a plan b, assuming Mudryk really was the plan a. From the outside, it looks like history is repeating itself as in last January the club (according to the media) chased a player who had eyes on a different club. I don’t blame Edu at all here, I’d much rather we as a club aren’t prepared to held to ransom and certainly not for a player who is 21 years old and with no Premier League experience.

More pressing matters ahead though as Mikel Arteta and his players face Totts at their place. I had to laugh when I read this:

Arsenal face a big test of their Premier League title credentials on Sunday when they make the short trip to arch-rivals Tottenham. Mikel Arteta’s Gunners, seeking their first league title since 2004, start the weekend five points clear of second-placed Manchester City. Fifth-played Spurs are vying to win four consecutive home league matches against Arsenal for the first time.

No mention of Totts trying to win their first league title since 1961!

I think the players are in a good emotional state. They are excited, they are enjoying playing together and obviously we are in a good position. We have to now improve a lot of things and maintain a lot of the good things that have taken us this far. Mikel Arteta

All Conte has done is send a message to Craig Pawson about players keeping control of their emotions when decisions go against them. That and how Arsenal now need to prove they can stay top of the league.

Richarlison and Bentancur face a late fitness test but Moura is ruled out. Gabriel Jesus and Reiss Nelson remain on the sidelines for Arsenal.

The 4-0 thumping of Crystal Palace on the road is probably the highlight of the season so far for Conte’s team. At home, they’ve been pretty dire, losing three of their last four matches. Before the break for the World Cup, Totts conceded three goals at home in a 4-3 win over Leeds and two in a 2-1 loss to Liverpool. They’ve only played one League game at home since the season restarted and that ended in a 2-0 defeat by Aston Villa.

Arsenal on the other hand are unbeaten in all but one fixture so far this season. We’re scoring goals a plenty and conceding few. Only Newcastle Utd have conceded less. Only Man City have scored more. Just.

A North London Derby is like an FA Cup fixture I think. Form goes out the window as it’s winner takes all. The result perhaps matters more than performance on this occasion although I’m sure Mikel Arteta will want both.

Me, I just hope we win, regardless of how we do it.

Catch up in the comments…