The briefest of updates this morning ahead of my first trip to the Grove this season. A combination of being away for the Blackpool game (good job I didnâ€™t miss many goals) and the shoe-horning of two internationals into the early part of the season means here were are, a month into the season, and Iâ€™ve gone all belatedly giddy.
I found myself comforted by the Guardianâ€™s squad sheet.
Despite the early-season injury skittles â€“ Bendtner, van Persie, Vermaelen and Walcott are all missing, as we know â€“ thereâ€™s enough quality and depth in the squad to give us a very decent first XI indeed.
Perhaps Iâ€™m slightly jumping the gun here, seeing that Squillaci has never played in England. But Iâ€™m looking forward to seeing him make his debut. Wearing the number 18 shirt, he does at least not have the pressure of a huge pair of boots to fill.
Although Gilles Grimandi might disagree.
The main worry is the fact that Chamakh is our only fit and trusted front-line striker at the moment, and for the next month at least. Lose him and we are looking to Carlos â€˜Chip Itâ€™ Vela or heading back into Arshavin territory (not a great success ploughing his lone furrow, letâ€™s be frank). Beyond that, we are relying on the youth of players like Emmanuel-Thomas.
So please, Marouane â€“ no injury.
But hey â€“ must stop worrying about hypothetical scenarios. The reality of the day is: Iâ€™m off to see the Arsenal and I canâ€™t wait.