Morning all.

Arsenal women, the only English club with a Champions League trophy to brag about, went to France and thumped the current champions Lyon, 5-1 in their own back yard. Beth Mead and Caitlin Foord, with two goals each, and Frida Maanum scored the goals. What an incredible result for Jonas Eidevall’s players. Zurich and Juventus are their next two opponents in Europe.

The men face PSV Eindhoven this evening at The Emirates. PSV have drawn one of their three Europa fixtures which was at home against Bodo, the other two, both against Zurich were comfortable victories if the scoreline is anything to go by. 5-1 away and 5-0 at home. Arsenal’s journey so far hasn’t been quite as comfortable but regardless, the players have worked hard and got the results needed which is why we’re sitting top of the group.

PSV are likely to present the toughest challenge in this competition so far with their manager, Ruud van Nistelrooy, no doubt desperate to get one over Mikel Arteta’s team. Whenever van Nistelrooy’s name is written or mentioned, I strongly suspect that like me, every Arsenal fan thinks of one thing, his penalty miss. As a player, he was great but also ghastly. His antics got Patrick Vieira sent off in the same game as the penalty miss and the as they say, is history.

The Dutch club are second in the Eredivisie, just one point behind Ajax and so far this season, have scored 35 goals in just 10 domestic games. Correct me if I’m wrong but the Eredivisie is nothing like the Premier League where every game is hard rather that a handful. Nevertheless, it’s a warning that PSV will score goals if they’re given the opportunity. Cody Gakpo, linked to Arsenal along with other Premier League clubs back in the summer, is the one to watch. 9 goals in 10 games is good going. On the opposite wing, Xavi Simons isn’t far behind him with 8 goals.

Mikel Arteta:

I think it’s a really good team. I think what Ruud has done with his team, the way they play, you just see the amount of goals they are scoring in their domestic league, the way they are performing in the Europa League as well, they are a really dangerous team. 

Van Nistelrooy:

They’ve had a great start. Ten games in the season, with nine wins, it’s an amazing start from them, the way they are playing. Arteta is developing his team with his style of play and he has done well with a young side – it’s a very promising team that’s a joy to watch. It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to come here and test ourselves.

Team news. Both Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Martinelli are doubts so I expect neither to be in the squad tonight but other than Mo Elneny and ESR, no other injuries were mentioned in Mikel Arteta’s press conference. In fact he gave little away at all really in terms of his team selection for this game, saying he’d decide who starts tonight’s game, today. I really don’t know why people bother to ask him about his team selection because he’s not going tell them but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a slightly stronger starting eleven than we’ve seen so far in this competition in order to give us the best chance of securing our place in the knockout stages. Anything but a loss later and we’re through.

Fingers crossed eh….