Morning all.

Vinai Venkatesham, the club’s CEO has confirmed he will leave next summer after 14 years with the club.

This was a tough decision, but it is time to pursue another challenge. Now is not the time for goodbyes as I remain focused until my last day and supporting a seamless transition.

Josh Kroenke said:

Change and succession is something the club is well prepared for. The Board remains committed to our strategy and will address leadership change as we continue to drive the club forward.

I didn’t see that one coming but it is what it is. Rotation doesn’t just take place on the pitch.Strange timing for his announcement but I guess it gives everyone at the club, including Vinai, time to move forwards. For Arsenal, that means finding a replacement, if he/she has not been found already. Fail to prepare and all that stuff.

Wow, that’s a lot of money spent on making a club successful on the pitch. I’m not sure if the figures given by TransferMarket includes the money each manager has overseen the selling of players but I doubt it as their spending includes all clubs they’ve managed at. Mikel Arteta has a long way to go before catching up with Klopp, let alone Guardiola. Lol

Sticking with the transfer theme, top footballing agents involved in transfer deals across the Premier League have named the worst Premier League transfers of the summer in The Athletic and funny enough, Kai Havertz is deemed one of the worst, followed closely by Moises Caicedo.

Isn’t it stupid that after just four games of football, this discussion is even taking place? It’s true that neither player has hit the ground running for their new club but the season is about ten months and not one. If we the Arsenal fans, the Havertz critics I mean, are still disappointed in him come December/January then fine, but for now, all we can do is hope what Mikel Arteta sees in him, soon becomes evident on the pitch. Sadly for him though, he’s an easy target right now, not helped at all by his awful air shot when it looked easier to score than miss. If it hadn’t been for his three pretty dismal seasons at Chelsea, I’d be thinking he needs time to adjust to a new league, however.. Personally, I don’t think he’s going to be an Arsenal success story but I don’t mind being proved wrong.

At the opposite end of the scale, Declan Rice has walked into Arsenal and played like he’s been at the club for years so him being voted Arsenal’s player of the month for August comes as no surprise at all to me. He started September well too with his goal against Utd an added bonus. Rice has also nominated for the Best FIFA Men’s Player at the 2023 Awards.

Poor old Jurrien Timber had the worst start possible to his Arsenal career and David Raya is yet to be seen in his new Arsenal kit. Still, that is likely to change by the end of this month with the EFL Cup fixture against Brentford not far off. The only other way I can see him making an earlier appearance is if Aaron Ramsdale picks up an injury.

Talking of injuries, Bukayo Saka is reported to be carrying one. True or not I don’t know but I’m sure as heck not going to believe a rumour in the media over Arsenal’s medical team. There’s no way in my opinion, Mikel Arteta would permit Saka to go away with England if he knew he wasn’t 100% fit.

Lastly, both Ben White and Martin Odegaard are reported to be in advanced talks over a new Arsenal contract. In my opinion, both will soon put pen to paper, after all, they seem pretty settled and happy. Who doesn’t seem happy at Arsenal right now?

Catch up in the comments..