Morning all.

Arsenal have announced that the club and Sobha Realty (pronounced: Sho-ba) have today announced a new long-term vision for their partnership which sees the Dubai-based luxury real estate developer become the club’s first ever training ground naming rights partner. From today, the training ground will be known as Sobha Realty Training Centre. (

Arsenal Sporting Director, Edu, said:

This is a very exciting agreement that will help us develop the best possible environment for our men’s and women’s players, coaches and support staff for years to come. Our training centre is a big part of our people’s lives. It’s not just about working hard on the pitches, but also working in our office spaces, learning, relaxing and spending time with teammates, colleagues and their families. We are building a winning team and a winning culture, attention to detail is very important and it’s crucial our people have the right conditions to prepare well and perform at their best.

I like the bit from Edu which said we’re building a winning team and culture. For so many years it seemed like Arsenal were simply taking part in the game without really challenging. That changed last year when we the only real club to challenge City for the title. Yes, we dropped off but we were in the race for more weeks than we have been for years.

I know it’s easy to be critical of a few things on the pitch, after all it’s human nature to believe we as a team could to better, but the culture in and around Arsenal football club is so very different to what it was pre Mikel Arteta. The spat between Zinchenko and White wasn’t about anything other than wanting to do better. That’s what Arteta has instilled I’m sure and that’s why I think he said what he did afterwards.

Deadline day didn’t see any player join Arsenal, which to fair, I think most expected would be the case, but it did see a number of academy players depart.

The biggest surprise was Lino Sousa moving to Aston Villa but the others, well I suppose they were inevitable. Certainly Alex Runasson leaving for good, Miguel Azeez too. Striker Khayon Edwards has joined League One side Leyton Orient on loan for the remainder of the season while defender Zane Monlouis has joined League One side Reading on loan for the rest of the campaign.

No senior players left and I’ve not read anything about where Marquinhos will be playing his football from now until the summer so perhaps he’s staying put. I’m pretty sure the summer will see more younger players depart either on loan or for good and a few senior players too. Elneny, Soares, Jorginho – who knows, maybe more too because there are only so many spaces in the squad.

Short one today, catch up later.