Morning all.

If you’re planning to tune into Match Of The Day tonight, there’ll be no presenters. Gary Linekar has been ‘stood down’ from his duties after his comment on social media caused a bit of a stir and both Alan Shearer and Ian Wright have quit in support of the presenter. It seems the BBC has tried to find someone to takeover the show tonight but no one wants the job. Or no one wants to go against Linekar. Either way, it’s a mess for the BBC to try and sort out. Whatever you and I think about Linekar’s social media post, his choice of words was always going to cause a problem in my opinion. As is often the case in life, it’s not what one says which can cause offence, it’s how it’s said.

Could this be the end of MOTD? I doubt it because not everyone has Sky Sports so it’s the only way to ‘legally’ watch highlights of the day’s football but if Linekar isn’t a part of it then quite frankly, I couldn’t care less because he’s always been anti Arsenal. Mind you, so are most of the presenters on Sky Sports. Especially the Chelsea supporting guy who presents the morning show. How he’s survived so so long in his job I’ll never know.

In other footballing news, Barcelona are in trouble as they’ve been charged with corruption after allegedly paying over €7.3m (£6.4m) between 2001 and 2018 to firms owned by Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, an ex-vice-president of Spain’s referees’ committee. On Friday, the public prosecutor’s office said Spanish prosecutors had filed a complaint against the Catalan giants and two of the La Liga club’s ex-presidents over alleged payments to a company owned by the senior refereeing official to influence match results.

So that’s Man City and now Barcelona accused of cheating albeit in different ways. For the sake of the game, I kind of hope both are proved to have done no wrong but if they’re found guilty, then they deserve the book throwing their way. And yes, I’d be saying the same if it were Arsenal cheating because fairness applies to everyone and every club in the game. How can a club, manager, players or fans complain about the officials IF their own club isn’t playing by the rules?

Back at Arsenal, Oleksandr Zinchenko has been voted fan’s player of the month for the second month running. He received 49 per cent of the vote, with Gabriel finishing in second place while Bukayo Saka was third.

We face Fulham tomorrow at Craven Cottage. Marco Silva, a manager who after tough times at both Watford and Everton, is enjoying a good spell in his managerial career in West London. We’ve already played them at The Emirates of course, winning 2-1 thanks to a late goal from Gabriel. Mitrovic had put Fulham ahead early in the second half after Gabriel was sloppy in defence, but Martin Odegaard soon equalised before the big Brazilian nabbed the winner. Aaron Ramsdale made a crucial save before the final whistle blew. “There’ll be tougher tests than Fulham” said the back page headlines, well, I think Fulham have since proved they are one of the tougher tests.

The familiar faces of Leno and Willian have been present in Silva’s side for most of the season so far. Mitrovic is a horrible player to be up against I’m sure. Joao Palhinha’s stats suggest he’s one of the best midfielders in the league but he’s out for tomorrows game because of two match ban. On loan Cedric Soares wont feature of course and nor will Tom Cairney, Layvin Kurzawa and Neeskens Kebano.

For Arsenal, the main concern is Martin Odegaard who missed the midweek game because of illness. As did Kieran Tierney. Can Bukayo Saka manage another game? Will Leandro Trossard return, and Eddie Nketiah? Will Gabriel Jesus be on the bench? So many questions but which will only be answered tomorrow at 1pm when the squad is announced.

One thing that is clearly obvious though is that Mikel Arteta’s team needs to defend set pieces a lot better than they have of late. The 6’ 2” Mitrovic will be on hand to punish anything which comes his way and in any way he can. He’s the kind of striker I’d love Arsenal to have in the squad.

Catch up in the comments.