Morning all.

The excite of international football is over. Until March! Thank goodness for that eh. As far as I can gather from post match reports etc, there’s been no injuries to any Arsenal players. Martin Odegaard and his fellow Norwegian teammates will be having next summer off as they failed to qualify for Euros 2024 and Oleksandr Zinchenko and his Ukrainian teammates need to get through the playoffs in order to qualify, as will Jakub Kiwior’s Poland.

The Premier League kicks off again with a potential cracker as Liverpool and Man City go head to head. The game takes place at The Etihad so I guess that makes City slight favourites but that means little really. Liverpool are in good form again this season so they’ll be tough to beat although Jurgen Klopp isn’t happy that his players are in action at lunchtime right after an international break. Another big clash takes place later 8n the afternoon at St James’ Park as Newcastle Utd take on Chelsea. At 5.50pm, it’s a London derby as Arsenal travel to Brentford and then on Sunday, Totts face an in form Aston Villa and Manchester Utd go to Goodison Park. I can se3 Utd getting back to losing ways in that one.

Premier League clubs have had a vote on whether or not Newcastle should be permitted to sign players on loan from clubs who are also controlled by their Saudi owners in January. Thirteen of the twenty clubs voted in favour of a block on loan moves between clubs under the same ownership but thirteen wasn’t enough as it was one short of the two-thirds majority needed for it to be passed. Ruben Neves is reported to be the player Eddie Howe wants to fill the void the ban for Sandro Tonali. Personally, I think it’s ridiculous to allow any deal between clubs owned/controlled by the same people because such deals are open to being dealt with very differently than if a player moved to a different club.

The Everton ten point deduction controversy rumbles on with the words of football waiting to see if Everton appeal against the ruling. For what it’s worth, I think they will but bearing in mind lower clubs have faced stiffer penalties in the past, I’m not sure any appeal will be successful. My own local club Reading were docked 16 points deduction within a period of two years for financial breaches and they’ve paid a hefty price for it. Why should a Premier League club be treated any differently? If it’s proved that Chelsea, Man City or even Arsenal have overspent in recent years then they all deserve whatever punishment which comes their way. Fairness is the game is all most football fans ask for I’m sure and that includes sticking to the FFP rules.

The January transfer window will be here before we know and my hope is that any money Arsenal has available to spend in invested in a striker. Thomas Partey and Mo Elneny will be missing for a few weeks because of the ACON, or injury in Partey’s case so defensively, Mikel Arteta’s options in midfield will be Declan Rice and Jorginho. Oleksandr Zinchenko, Jakub Kiwior and Ben White too if injuries hit hard.

It’ll be interesting to see if the January transfer window is quieter than those gone by after what’s happened to Everton. Any club’s close to spending limit will no doubt increase the value of their players in an effort to recoup some money but all that is likely to do is lower the chances of their player being sold. Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Ivan Toney but they’re one of the clubs sports writers suggest could be in trouble. Talking of Chelsea, or rather one of their ex players, Kai Havertz, a player who I strongly suspect a number of Arsenal fans wouldn’t be sorry to see depart in January, has an interview on It’s quite interesting as he talks about life growing up, winning the Champions League and settling in at Arsenal. He believes in himself, Mikel Arteta believes in him too so hopefully, he’ll soon have fans believing in him too. I read he played at left back for Germany in their last game. How bonkers is that eh…

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