Morning all.

Lee Mason has paid the ultimate price for his massive error in last weekends fixture between Arsenal and Brentford. Left by mutual consent is the way this news has been reported but I don’t buy it, he’s been sacked in my opinion. Rightly so too if I’m right.

Man Utd have received two bids for the club according to reports. One from Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani and the other from Sir Jim Radcliffe, both of whom have a few pounds to their name. Still, if the powers that be are going to tighten the FFP rules, owners won’t be able to simply throw their money around. I know, pigs might fly one day.

Across the other side of Manchester, the FA have charged City with failing to control their players during Wednesday’s game at The Emirates. Don’t worry, Arsenal haven’t missed out. A statement from the FA read:

It’s alleged that both clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion, with Arsenal’s players surrounding the match official during the 56th minute, and Manchester City’s doing so during the 42nd and 64th minutes.

Arsenal play again today. Aston Villa away at 12.30. Yep, ridiculous really having played in the week but it is what it is and we’re not the only club to have a quick fixture turnaround I’m sure and we won’t be the last. Man City played last Sunday before making the trip to north London on Wednesday and Man Utd played in Spain on Thursday yet they too have to play in the early fixture tomorrow.

Aston Villa, Emi Martinez, Calum Chambers and Unai Emery. I’m dreading it already.

Villa used to be one of our bogey teams. I still remember them beating us on the opening day of a season gone by. Benteke I think it was who caused us problems. Big lumps up front often have. The last three meetings between the two clubs have ended with an Arsenal victory and boy do we need a fourth today. I don’t think it really matters how we get the three points, just get them and stop this little blip from becoming a real concern.

Villa conceded four goals in their last home game which was against Leicester City. Man City beat them 3-1 last weekend but as we know, a 3-1 defeat isn’t always a true reflection of how the losing team played.

Arsenal faced the best team in the league just a few days ago and for the majority of the first half, the home team was the better of the two. But, what’s missing is an end product. It’s easy to say defensive errors cost us dearly but even before Tomiyasu cocked up his back pass, we could have been ahead. We have to get back to being ruthless in front of goal. Stating the bleedin’ obvious, goals scored win games but if our guys don’t shoot, they won’t score. It’s a bit like playing out from the back really, there’s a time for an extra pass but not always is it right or beneficial as sometimes, just putting a boot through the ball is more successful.

Anyway, here’s the squad.

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale; Zinchenko, Saliba, Gabriel, White; Xhaka, Jorginho, Odegaard; Saka, Trossard, Nketiah

Subs: Turner, Tierney, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Kiwior, Holding, Tomiyasu, Vieira, Nelson