During Tuesday night's 4-2 Premier League victory over Watford at Vicarage Road, Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic left the pitch after 54 minutes to be replaced by Ander Herrera. With Manchester City eight points clear of their neighbours and twelve ahead of the fourth-placed Gunners, defeat for either club at the Emirates could be a fatal blow if City maintain their unbeaten start to the season with victory at home to West Ham on Sunday. "I played my last two games for 90 minutes so I need a bit more time to feel 100 per cent - but I'm still good to play". Mourinho's team failed to score in the past two visits to Emirates and won just once in the previous five travels to London, so I am sure the Portuguese tactician would be happy with a point from this clash.
"But I also hope he doesn't have a bad injury".
There is sport at all hours this weekend as England sides compete on the big stage in Australia while, closer to home, football fans can tune into a full complement of Premier League fixtures - headlined by Arsenal v Manchester United.
"Borg's coach was telling him that all the time: "One point at a time; think about just one point". I would go for the most important game now, which is the next one, tomorrow.
Wayne Rooney (3), Ashley Young (2) and one each from Ji-Sung Park, Nani and Danny Welbeck did the damage, with Theo Walcott and a late consolation from soon to be United player Robin Van Persie giving the scoreline the merest modicum of respectability. It is Arsenal, and that is hard enough without us being focused on other things.
"You sacrifice, but you enjoy it, so you go through it and you just want to recover to play those games".
"It doesn't matter what comes after, it doesn't matter what happened before". We don't think about how many points behind we are. "We don't think about that, just Arsenal".