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Internationals, EFL Cup draw, and brave shopping

Morning all, welcome to Monday, and the countdown to the new season begins here. It’s a little bit weird, because ordinarily we’d be playing some pre-season friendlies and having a look at the team ahead of the Premier League opener. Instead, we’re not seeing the friendlies – not simply because they’re taking place behind closed doors, but because there’s no footage – and we’re also slap bang in the middle of an Interlull.

I watched some Nations League last night. Ireland were beaten by Finland. It wasn’t a good game really, and the new Ireland manager has a hell of a job on his hands. Former Arsenal youngster Glen Kamara played for Finland, and looked quite tidy. He only ever made one appearance for us, and that was in a 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup. I think it was that game where we had about 4 injuries in the opening 20 minutes or something.

Speaking of the League Cup, we’ve been drawn against Leicester in the third round for this season’s competition. It’s scheduled for the week beginning September 21st, so it’ll come between our home game against West Ham and our trip to Anfield to face the Champions. On the one hand you…