Morning all.

Most clubs have a bogey team don’t they? After all, how many years did it take England to finally beat Germany?

In European football, ask Pep Guardiola about his record against Lyon, Jurgen Klopp about Sevilla or the once Man Utd manager Ralf Rangnick about Bayern Munich Tomas Tuchel about Borussia Dortmund. David Moyes has never managed a club who could beat Villarreal whilst Antonio Conte’s teams have an appalling record against Juventus.

Up until this season, Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal teams couldn’t beat Liverpool and his record against his old colleague Pep Guardiola is still awful. How many times did Arsene Wenger take an Arsenal team to Old Trafford yet go away with nothing?

Just a couple of weeks ago, Guardiola was moaning about the journey to north London taking over four hours etc etc but then his team had just been beaten by Totts. Again. Forgive me if I’ve missed it but I’ve not read anything about his dreadful four hour journey on Wednesday. That’s football though, managers and often fans, are usually heard moaning when a result hasn’t gone their way.

I think Man City is just one of those clubs Arsenal can’t beat, psychologically as much as anything else. Just like Liverpool at Anfield, Utd at Old Trafford and these days, Southampton at St Marys. But hey, the Chelsea, Brighton, Brentford and Totts supposed away hoodoo has been beaten. Win at The Etihad and Anfield and the media will have a few ‘Arsenal haven’t beaten…..’ headlines removed from pre match planned rambling.

Seriously though, do you think Jurgen Klopp or Liverpool fans cared about their teams draws and losses when they won the League? Did Pep Guardiola or the City fans care about their defeats, draws or the many decisions which went their way when their team was celebrating another Premier League title? Do they care where the vast amounts of money their club has spent actually comes from? Does anyone think Utd fans will care much if the Qatari group buy their club if they win the League next season? I very much doubt it.

Back to Arsenal though, could Mikel Arteta being doing better, could Edu? Yes, probably but then I say that because I think they’d say the same. But if, and it’s an important if, they had an open chequebook to spend on players, do you think Eddie Nketiah, Granit Xhaka, Jorginho, Mo Elneny, Reiss Nelson etc would still be on an Arsenal Premier League starting team sheet? I very much doubt it and that’s me being disrespectful to the players but it’s just a reality. It’s what City, Chelsea and even Utd owners have given their respective manager’s over recent years.

I’m not trying to find an excuse for Arsenal’s recent form, but there’s a difference between City’s bench each week and our own. I’d love City’s ‘second’ striker at Arsenal let alone their first. Thomas Frank has recently suggested Arsenal are predictable, something which you and I might agree on but aren’t City, Liverpool, Utd, Totts etc all predictable too? Perhaps though, certainly in City’s case, they have players come off the bench and make a real difference.

A question Mikel Arteta was asked in his press conference was about rotation and as said yesterday, his reply was that it’s coming soon. It came against City with Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jorginho coming into the team. Can we expect more tomorrow perhaps? Not necessarily in addition to those against City but perhaps Leandro Trossard instead of Gabriel Martinelli or Fabio Vieira instead of Martin Odegaard? Kieran Tierney instead of, or as well as Oleksandr Zinchenko. What about Rob Holding and Jakub Kiwior, who I assume one or both will play in our Europa League challenge next month. Apart from Reiss Nelson and Matt Turner, that’s the options Mikel Arteta currently has.

Anyway, Mikel Arteta holds his press conference imminently so I hope he declares Thomas Partey 100% fit.

Catch up in the comments.