Before we get into the preview, a quick but vital word on Marcus Rashford. No one can ever say anything about sport and politics not mixing. Rashford has proven that single handedly - a footballer has forced a reluctant and frankly inadequate government into making a correct and massive decision. Because of Rashford, kids will now be supplied with free school meals after Boris Johnson finally agreed to his demands. Simply put, the Manchester United man is a hero and a incredible human being. He has been fighting for this for months, as well as opening a charity for the homeless. Huge respect has to go out to him, and hopefully this shows that sportsmen should be using their platform to instigate change at the highest level.
Onto the Premier League. It finally returns tomorrow and I couldn't be more excited. The feast of football begins with European hopefuls Sheffield United playing Aston Villa. A crucial game at both ends of the table. Villa have 'home' advantage, even though there... is no home crowd. The return of John McGinn will be a massive boost, but if United continue where they left off, then I see Chris Wilder's men coming out with the win. However, I do think it will be a tight affair, and with the Villans battling for their safety, you just know they're going to be up for it. A good way to start the Premier League restart.
But the game we are all waiting for is Manchester City vs Arsenal. Master vs apprentice. Mikel Arteta returns to the side where he spent the last few years plying his trade. Arteta has come across as pretty confident in interviews, and the Arsenal players are apparently fit and raring to go. However, this is a going to be a huge test for the Gunners. City are simply a much better team than Arsenal, and their attacking firepower could easily rip apart the likes of David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi. Arteta's side have been stronger defensively, but this is a step up from previous opposition. But if Arsenal are going to get a result, then this is the perfect time. Behind closed doors, potentially not fully fit and with little to play for, chances are that City may not be at their best.
On the other hand, Arsenal NEED to win to get back in the Champions League places race. It will also be interesting to see the side Arteta fields. Does Pablo Mari start? Does Kieran Tierney come straight in at left back? If so, does the impressive Bukayo Saka drop to the bench? Does Alexandre Lacazette or Eddie Nketiah get the berth in the number 9 role? There are a lot of decisions for the Spaniard to make.
So I do fancy City to come out on top in this game, and with Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte back fully fit, anything other than a home victory would be surprising. They have too much quality with the likes of KDB and Sergio Aguero. However, Arsenal won't get a better chance to get a result.
In before Arsenal are 2-0 down inside the opening 10 minutes...
So that's that for today's post. By the time I post again, the Premier League will be off and running. Tears in my eyes. See you Thursday.