Morning all.

Declan Rice has been named Premier League Player of the Year at the 2024 London Football Awards. His goal against West Ham United is a contender for February’s Premier League Goal of the Month too. Speaking on-stage at the event, Declan said:

Since I’ve walked through the doors [at Arsenal] I’ve loved every single moment of it. I was at West Ham for 10 years and it’s such a big change with the environment, life, a different manager and different friends, so my thinking was just to go there and be myself. As time has gone on and the games have gone on I’ve tried to be confident and do the best I can for the team.

So far we’ve been going really well and hopefully we can have a good end to the season. There have been so many good moments so far, but I think due to the stature of the game I would have to say the goal against United was the best. It was my first goal for Arsenal – Garnacho had one ruled out for offside five minutes before and then I took one down off my chin and put it in the back of the net so I was happy with that one. That was the best moment so far.

Bukayo Saka is on the shortlist for February’s Premier League Player of the Month award and for the fifth time this season, Mikel Arteta has been nominated for Manager of the Month.

Honestly, I’d be amazed if all three didn’t win. The Rice goal against West Ham was a stunner. Saka has been brilliant all month and Arteta hasn’t put a foot wrong. But, there would be a place for Jorginho if I had my way because he played a huge part in our victories against Liverpool and Newcastle. Rumours are he’s to be offered a new deal with Arsenal and I hope he signs it. Even if it’s just for a year, players like him are hard to find.

Over to the Arsenal women’s team and they have a NLD tomorrow. There are only a few tickets left for the match at The Emirates so it’s very likely, Jonas Eidevall’s team will be playing in front of a sell out crowd for the second game running. The WSL is tight, with Arsenal sitting 3 points behind both Chelsea and Man City. Big games lay ahead, especially the Chelsea and City games but there are seven other fixtures too which need winning if Arsenal are to have any chance of lifting the trophy at the end of April.

Same with the mens team who sit just two points off Liverpool and City. One might be tempted to look at the fixtures against City, Chelsea and Utd as being key games in our run in but they’re no more crucial than Sheffield Utd on Monday or any other league fixture between now and the end of May. I’m sure we’re all hoping, praying even that Liverpool and City drop points each time they play but if they do, we need to be in a position to take advantage.

Anyway, I’m hoping for a Forest win later today and a Ten Hag masterclass tomorrow. Not forgetting of course, a resounding win for Arsenal in the NLD.

Catch up later.