One game against Liverpool down, one more still to come this week, although I suspect that the Carabao Cup tie isn’t high on our list of priorities – whatever Mikel Arteta has to say about it beforehand.
No manager is going to come out and admit ‘We don’t really care about this competition, we have more pressing priorities this season, and frankly we could do without the complication and extra fixtures.’ The team selection from both managers on Thursday should do plenty of talking, and from an Arsenal perspective some of our choices might be restricted due to the imminent close of the transfer window.
Some players who would ordinarily be involved might not be available or risked in case it scuppers a potential outward deal. Sead Kolasinac, for example, is being strongly linked with a €10m move to Bayer Leverkeusen. Good business if you ask me – it’d be like getting €10m for Sead Kolasinac. And while we’re all very focused on who is going to come, there is still a need to trim some of the fat from the squad. Yesterday, there were reports that Lucas Torreira’s people were in Madrid to discuss a possible move to Atletico.
What’s interesting about this is…