I am not trying to say that Jose Mourinho is wrong in what he has said about Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez, although I am not entirely sure that I agree with him. It is just that I do not expect to hear the Portuguese say anything that backs up the Arsenal boss.
Arsenal are claimed to be resigned to losing Mesut Ozil before next season, with talks believed to have gone south.
The German international has failed to agree terms on a contract extension over the past year, and with his current deal set to expire come the end of the campaign, he looks ever likely to be leaving the club.
Who Should our back up full backs be? By Dan smith
Arsene Wenger has had at least enough self respect to not get the excuses in early by not complaining that next week we have to play three games in the space of 6 days.
There is nothing that Arsenal can do to affect the state of the Premier League table, at least until Monday night when we play host to a West Brom team that has not been showing the usual defensive solidity that we expect to see from a Tony Pulis managed team but is still a point better off than the Gunners.
This latest piece of Arsenal transfer news may not mean that the Gunners are now favourites to lift the Premier League trophy next May, or even to finish in the top four. A lot can happen over the course of a season but from the early stages it certainly looks like both the Manchester clubs are going to do better than we are.
It feels to me like Arsenal are at a crucial stage of the season. A possible crossroads, if you like, where things could go backwards, sideways, or hopefully onwards after a slow and shaky start. There is another international break coming up soon and we need to get to it with two Premier League wins in the bag.
Arsenal’s match against Cologne in the Europa League opening group game was marred by trouble and disruption last week, and UEFA have now tasked somebody with investigating the issues.
FIFA have released their nominees for the Puskas 2017 Award, and Arsenal’s scorpion kick scored by Olivier Giroud has made the list, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s similar finish did not.
Manchester United fans have reacted with frustration following the announcement of the Puskas nominations, with Mkhitaryan being overlooked for the award.