Morning all.

There’s some Arsenal news to talk about so I thought I’d share it from

The squad will travel to Dubai where they will play two fixtures against top European opposition at the Al Maktoum Stadium:

  • Thursday, December 8: Arsenal vs Lyon – 19:30 KO (local time)
  • Tuesday 13 December: Arsenal vs AC Milan – 18:00 KO (local time)

Mikel Arteta will use the training camp and fixtures to bring our squad together in a warmer climate as part of preparations for the return of our Premier League campaign when we face West Ham United on Boxing Day.

Speaking about the upcoming camp, Mikel Arteta, said:

We’re looking forward to spending time together on the training pitch in a warmer climate. It’ll be a nice change of environment and a great opportunity for us to work hard and prepare for the second half of the season. Dubai is a fantastic place and the football facilities there are first-class. The Dubai Super Cup also gives us the opportunity to test ourselves against two strong sides in Lyon and AC Milan – it’ll be a great experience for the squad.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t envious, after all, who wouldn’t want a few eels in a warm country at this time of year when it’s dark, raining and pretty miserable here in the UK? I wouldn’t choose Dubai though. I think it’ll be great for the ‘second string’ to be playing competitive football because they need it. At this moment in time, we’ve no idea what might happen on the injury front in Qatar so those in reserve need to be match fit and ready to step in as and when needed. Marquinhos, Reiss Nelson, Fabio Vieira, Rob Holding, as well as a few other younger players, should really benefit from this time away.

Whilst all seems harmonious within the Arsenal camp, one can only smile at what’s going on at Man Utd. Player power is very much on show through Ronaldo who has publicly slated the club which many years ago, gave him his break. He’s no longer the star of the show and I get the feeling he doesn’t like it. Imagine how his team-mates feel right now. This is an Aubameyang and Ozil situation all over again but at a different club. There’s a big difference though as neither Arsenal player spoke to the media in the way Ronaldo has, they simply accepted their situation and moved on. I’m pretty sure Ronaldo will be moved on in January too, if not before.

It’s quite nice when things like this happen at other clubs instead of Arsenal but in my opinion, it’s a horrible thing for a player to do regardless of which club they play for. It’s unprofessional and I think, unacceptable too. Still I bet Piers Morgan is enjoying it.

I know I am….