While most of Arsenal’s squad might be out of town on international duty, it’s still been a very busy 10 days for Mikel Arteta who has finally gotten around to all the chores he’s been putting off since the summer.
He’s cleaned the gutters, spruced up his barbecue before putting it into storage for the winter, resealed the edge of the bath, hung a couple of pictures, called out a man to service the boiler and planned a warm-weather training camp in Dubai in January.
Understandably, the Spaniard is feeling pretty chuffed with life right now. He is, for want of a better term, getting shit done.
What he hasn’t done, is reply to the FA regarding the misconduct charge they chucked his way on 16 November.
He had until Tuesday to explain his comments about the poor standard of officiating in the Premier League – made in the aftermath of an annoying 1-0 defeat at Newcastle – but it must have slipped his mind and now, according to the Evening Standard, they’ve gone ahead and extended the deadline until Friday. They must be desperate to hear from him.
Assuming there are no other household odd jobs that need Mikel’s attention, he might make the time to run his reply to the post office; a photocopied image of a solitary raised finger.