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Morning Mix: Arsenal face acid test at Villa, Chelsea boss has no excuses

Friday is here again which means it is time for Morning Mix’ – our weekly football column with a bit of music thrown in for good measure.

We look at two major talking points for the weekend ahead and point you in the direction of some of the best football stories elsewhere on the internet.

We also offer a top tune recommendation to get you in the mood for the weekend and what to watch out for over the coming days. Let’s get this show on the road!

Arsenal face acid test at Villa

Arsenal’s 4-3 victory at Luton Town in midweek had the ‘winning when you don’t play well is the sign of champions’ merchants out in full force after the game.

The Gunners undoubtedly got out of jail at Kenilworth Road and will need to play much better if they are to take anything from their visit to Aston Villa this weekend.

Villa were absolutely superb against Manchester City on Wednesday, with the 1-0 margin of victory not painting a true picture of their overall performance.

They will rightly fancy their chances of following up against Arsenal tomorrow. If the visitors emerge with a win, title talk will be justified.

Chelsea boss has no excuses

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino was full of excuses after his side’s defeat at Manchester United in midweek, blaming the busy schedule for yet another setback.

His comments were laughable, particularly given that Chelsea do not have the added distraction of playing in Europe this season.

Chelsea’s squad at Old Trafford cost a fortune and they were facing a team who were short on confidence following a couple of disappointing results.

It is hard to pinpoint where Chelsea have improved under Pochettino. He needs to stop the excuses and start delivering consistent results.

The week that was

Are you looking for the best football stories from the past week? Check these out:

Today’s top tune

There is only one band we could highlight this week – Milburn! A 2024 reunion has been announced, sparking plenty of excitement in this corner of the universe.

We will ignore talk of the gig in Sheffield being a ‘one-off’ and await further announcements about a full tour. Please and thank you.

What to watch this week

Aston Villa versus Arsenal. Villa Park will be rocking for this one.

A final Morning Mix thought

If Sean Dyche keeps Everton up this season, the Premier League Manager of the Year award should be a one-horse race.

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