Morning all.

I would say this international break is dragging but it’s not, not for me anyway. There’s cricket going on, the rugby World Cup and the US Open, albeit the latter has now finished, so yes, it’s been happy television viewing for me. Handy really as I’ve just had cataract surgery. Yep, me, me, me!

As far as Arsenal on international duty goes, Gabriel is back training with Brazil after his little scare which is good news and with England playing a friendly tomorrow, hopefully Southgate will rest Bukayo Saka and Declan Rice. Wishful thinking though I’m sure as he seems so very stuck in his ways. Who else would still be think Maguire is the future for England, or Henderson – this should be a game in which he uses players who are younger and on the fringe of the first team, not those who by the time the next big competition comes around, will be even slower or less match fit than they are now. If ten Hag has a fully fit Utd squad, Maguire doesn’t even make the first team.

Anyway, more importantly is Arsenal and the busy schedule which kicks off this coming weekend with a trip to Goodison Park.

  • Sunday – Everton away
  • Wednesday – PSV home
  • Sunday – Totts  home
  • Wednesday – Brentford away
  • Saturday – Bournemouth away

Five fixtures before the end of this month. Five fixtures in thirteen days.

We know Mikel Arteta will rotate his squad, he’s told us that but when do you think he would be best to begin that? At Everton, or Brentford?

This is just a bit of fun by the way. Me, I’d like to see ESR and Trossard against Everton and Nelson on the pitch earlier than we usually see him.

Catch up in the comments.