Good afternoon from a despicably wet and grey London. Thank god weâ€™re not playing at home.
Like some sort of miracle, the red sea of injuries appears to be parting. There isnâ€™t a single player who is now more than a few weeks off fitness, and so long as it stays that way, itâ€™s going to be a massive boost to us. There really are no excuses now, and anything less than a clean sweep of all the four trophies we are still in will be enough.
Well, maybe just one would do, but much depends on our double-header against Liverpool, starting today with the more important of the two. Ironically, Liverpoolâ€™s form since our 3-0 home win has been good, especially at home, and there can be no doubting that itâ€™s going to be a toughie.
Transfer news is pretty thin on the ground, but one player who is on his way out is Anthony Stokes. 16 goals in 18 games up in Scotland clearly wasnâ€™t enough to guarantee him some games, and while I understand the reasons for it â€“ there are too many players ahead of him – itâ€™s a shame. He looks like he could be an excellent player given a chance, but itâ€™s a chance heâ€™s now not going to get.
All we can do is hope the decision doesnâ€™t come back to bite us in the arsenal. There arenâ€™t many players who have left Arsenal and done enough to justify criticism of their sale, so Wengerâ€™s judgement is clearly pretty good on these things.
Right, Iâ€™m off out before the game. Wellies on â€“ tick. Mae West on â€“ tick.