Morning all.

Of all the things going on in football, Mikel Arteta going on a walk about seems to be a big problem for Richard Keys. What a plonker, but then he did suggest when we win, we’re lucky but when Man City needed a penalty which really never should have been given, it’s the sign of champions. Keys also thinks it’s wrong to celebrate too hard after a victory. I bet Sky Sports miss him as much as you and I do and for me that’s not at all.

The replies to Keys are funny.

Another Twitter war of words, and I use that term lightly, involved Aubameyang and Gabriel. Auba had tweeted about London is blue, no offence and no sooner had our big Brazilian enjoyed celebrating a victory over Chelsea on Sunday, he responded on Twitter with “NOTHING PERSONAL .. LONDON IS RED” For now, and hopefully it’ll stay that way, Arsenal are bossing London by a country mile.

I feel sorry for Gabriel though as he’s been left out of the Brazil squad for the World Cup in Qatar. I know he’s young and other opportunities will come his way but it must be a big disappointment for him. It’s hard to believe that a 5’ 11” 38 year old Thiago Silva is in the squad instead of him.
As expected though, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli have been selected.

Takehiro Tomiyasu has been named in the Japan squad which either they’re keeping fingers and toes crossed that he recovers or a representative of the national team has been in touch with Arsenal and been given positive news.

Positivity is all around Arsenal right now and it’s great. It feels like it’s been years since we’ve got to November sitting in the top four, let alone top of the table. Probably because it has been years. We’ve beaten Totts and Liverpool at The Emirates and Chelsea away, three of the so called big six dealt with. A couple of blips at both St Mary’s and Old Trafford but no Premier League club wins every fixture during a season.

I was reading an article by Rio Ferdinand this morning about our win of Chelsea and whilst he was very complimentary about what Mikel Arteta and his players are doing, he was quick to point out that Chelsea had a lot of injuries which meant Graham Potter had to field a much weakened team. If Arsenal lost William Saliba and Gabriel Jesus to injury, Arsenal’s level of football would drop considerably – he said. To a degree, he might be right but considering we beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last season, and the season before without both players and a number of injuries, he might be totally wrong too. I think he’s forgetting the fantastic work Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Gabriel and Kieran Tierney are doing in defence. Rob Holding too when he’s stepped in.

What I don’t understand in football though is why pundits, media, anyone with a voice really, bring ifs and buts into football after a game. Injuries and football go together, Arsenal fans know that only too well but no one will convince me that Chelsea’s squad, so deep with strength because of the insane amount of money the club has spent over recent years, can’t cope with a few injuries. It’s not Arsenal’s fault if they’ve wasted a lot of it on players who can’t be bothered to work hard for whichever manager happens to be at the club at the time.

I didn’t hear or read about our injuries having an impact on our final few performances/results last season when we were chasing a place in the top four yet we were without Kieran Tierney, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Thomas Partey. Unlike Potter, Mikel Arteta didn’t, and still doesn’t have the strength in depth to call upon should injuries hit us hard again.

The reality is, Arsenal do have William Saliba at the club and they are playing extremely well, but two players don’t make a team. Every Arsenal player is doing their bit, everyone is working hard for the team, the manager and the fans and that’s the difference in my opinion. A player doesn’t need to be world class to do that.

Perhaps what Rio Ferdinand should be writing about is how fortunate Chelsea were not to get thrashed.

See you in the comments.