On Wednesday night, after 102 days of no Premier League football, Arsenal will finally be back on our screens as they face the regular daunting task of facing the defending champions, Manchester City.
The reason of why that is daunting couldn't be clearer; Man City have won their last six games against us in all competitions. If we whittle that down to the Premier League only, you have to go back to 2015 for the last time we beat them, in a game where Mathieu Flamini helped defend the back four of Hector Bellerin, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal against the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne. Strange times indeed. Even Joel Campbell played, for goodness sake. We won 2-1.
Since then in all competitions we haven't managed to beat them in 90 minutes (we did beat them in extra-time in the 2017 FA Cup).
However, things are different now. We have a manager who used to be Man City's right-hand man to the current City manager, a man who used to play for our club, won silverware here and is instilling his philosophy under the team.
You can hear more about my optimism about us possibly getting something from our game in hand against City when I made an appearance on The Headline Makers on the March 3! (It's been a while!).
But none of this actually matters. There is something greater at play at Arsenal right now that I just wanted to share with you.
It's been a long and hard three months. People have been laid off their jobs, have less income, lives have been lost because of the worst pandemic in 100 years. Taking it's toll on the National Health Service here in the UK.
Not only has this changed every aspect of people's lives but the realisation that not all of us are equal when it comes to life, based on the colour of our skin, has also been in the news recently. With protests over police brutality in the US, the Black Lives Matter movement has become a talking point. Which is why I was more than overjoyed when Arsenal released they would be wearing this shirt against Man City.
There is a lot more Arsenal Football Club can do. The fact that we are owned by a man who gave $1million to Donald Trump's inauguration (even though he also gave $100,000 to Hilary Clinton's US 2016 presidential campaign- hedging bets anyone?) is a biggie. But usually owners of massive football clubs who have a mass amount of wealth aren't generally good people.
But with Arsenal even bringing awareness of the causes, causes that most of their players believe in, it's worth more than it's weight in gold. It's also worth noting all the charitable work The Arsenal Foundation have put in during these last three months, making sure the most vulnerable in the community have had food as well as basic supplies and educational resources.
The club I've been brought up in, showing the same morals as I do, to look out for the vulnerable, not shying away from something like Black Lives Matter movement (which is important as someone who is mixed-race), means a lot to me. So while I'm expecting a draw on Wednesday, I'll be wearing my shirt with pride.