Morning all.

Arsenal have confirmed a few fixtures changes ahead of next month. On Saturday 20th April, instead of kicking off at 3pm against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, it’s now a 7.30pm so Sky Sports can have their cameras ready in tin time. Our postponed home fixture against Chelsea will be played on Tuesday 23rd of April. This one is an 8pm kickoff and it’s live on TNT Sports. Finally, our last match of the month, the NLD, takes place on the 28th at 2pm. However, should we beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League, the Totts game will be moved to the Saturday instead with a 12.30pm kickoff.

What a tough few weeks lay ahead for Mikel Arteta and his players, but, that’s what life in the Premier League is about. The top tier in England isn’t like other leagues where as a fan, you can almost take three points for granted before the game even starts. At least that’s how it feels to me.

  • Premier League – 11 points separate top and fifth..
  • La Liga – it’s 17 points
  • Primeira Liga – 15 points
  • Bundesliga – 21 points
  • Serie A – 25 points
  • Eredivisie – 31 points
  • Turkish Super Lig – 38 points

The gap between first and fifth suggests that the depth in other leagues isn’t as strong as it is in England. Even in Primeira and La Liga, it’s unlikely that current 5th place clubs will sneak into the top four but in the Premier League, until it’s mathematically impossible, anything is possible when it comes to the chase for top four. Arsenal are sitting pretty at the top of the league but only winning continuously will keep us there – sounds obvious I know but every single opponent we face between now and the end of April has the ability to hurt our league title chase.

  • Manchester City (a)
  • Luton Town (h)
  • Brighton (a)
  • Aston Villa (h)
  • Wolves (a)
  • Totts (a)

Ok, I might put 50p on us beating Luton… lol

In a way it’s probably a good thing because everyone will know there is no margin for error. No room for complacency and no counting chickens before they’ve hatched. Starting with Manchester City, it’s one challenge at a time.

I did actually watch some of the England game last night but only whilst waiting for Casualty to start. The England defending was abysmal, Maguire and Chilwell, dreadful. Southgate suggested the difference between the England and Brazil was just ‘one moment’ – the goal. I think he’s kidding himself. I smiled when Kyle Walker went off injured in the first half, not because he’s injured but because he probably isn’t. Declan Rice played the full 90 odd minutes as England lost 1-0. I’d like to think Southgate will give him a breather on Tuesday. However…

Italy play tonight so Jorginho could be in action, the only game which involves an Arsenal player. The rest play on Tuesday night then it’s back home to prepare for the City game.

Arsenal women take on Aston Villa later today but that’s it as far as our own club goes for today.

Academy news – According to Arsenal Insider, Charles Watts has told his YouTube followers that Ethan Nwaneri has signed a new contract:

Ethan Nwaneri’s new contract is going to be done very, very soon. He’s already agreed the new deal, it’s there.  I think we had to wait until his 17th birthday before he could sign that first professional contract, his 17th birthday was in the last two days, but he’s away on international duty. It’s going to be announced soon. There is a new deal for Ethan Nwaneri, his first professional contract, which is fantastic news because he is clearly one of Arsenal’s best young talents at the moment.

If true, it’s great news as big things are expected from this young man.

Catch up in the comments.