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16 Nov 2018 09:46:20
What was the reason we pulled Ramsey’s contract offer, any Ed’s know thanks.

{Ed001's Note - this has been said multiple times, Emery was not happy with Ramsey's 'comportment'.}

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16 Nov 2018 18:21:54
Ok sorry I haven’t seen any posts.

16 Nov 2018 21:57:17
Whats comportment - attitude? Greed? Up himself?

17 Nov 2018 15:16:01
All of them lol.

18 Nov 2018 08:14:26
For whatever reason Ramsey's deal was pulled, I am not too disappointed. Offensively he is a quality player, if only he tracked back as quickly and effectively as he does when we atttack.
One of the problems under Wenger in the latter years was way too many players, such as Ramsey who were not all-round players and all seemed suited to the number 10 role.
It is becoming clear that we are looking at defensive reinforcements, if not during the January window, in the summer.
I believe the 3 in Emery's 4-2-3-1 needs attention, as none of the current players used in the 3 have any true defensive ability and having 3 players, plus a striker, nit able to help defensively leads to the amount of goals we concede.

29 Nov 2018 11:11:53
I'm more concerned about the 4 and the 2 to be honest.

15 Nov 2018 12:57:19
Top of the morning Ed, I hope all is well.

I have a very simple question: Do you think Wilfred Zaha will move in January and do you know of ant interest from Arsenal in the player?

Thank you, I couldn't find anything using the search function.

{Ed002's Note - There has been no interest from Arsenal.}

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15 Nov 2018 14:41:40
Thanks for the quick reply Ed, I was hoping it was possible but he would probably cost half the Earth.

Sounds like we have identified Nicholas Pepe as the ideal addition, we wait and see.


{Ed002's Note - There is serious interest in Pepe from elsewhere.}

12 Nov 2018 21:06:45
Chill out everyone. We all (or most) wanted changes at the top. we got it so let's see what the bigger picture is. With what emery was left with we all knew it'd take time, that's why we've been harping on about the same players week after week.
You can only work with tools (operative word) you've been given.

There's no money to burn, but let's see what he has learnt from the group he has and where he wants to improve. There's games we've picked up points where we'd of not last season. The players are not world beaters, but at least most are putting in a shift, not all, but most.

We can all shout from the rooftops what needs to happen, but let's just take step back and see bigger picture. Guardiola, Klopp went through tough 1st seasons, and I'm not for one minute putting us in same category, but they worked with resources they had, so has dick
Basicall, been slightly better than what I thought, coyg.

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13 Nov 2018 18:41:39
Great post mate, it's like electing a new government and expecting them to put right a decade of recession and turn us back into the super power we once was in 3 months.
We are finally moving forward again but some people seem to think Emery should have a magic wand and should have turned us into City's main rivals by now?
Surely some realisim is needed from some fans.

12 Nov 2018 20:14:21
Heard today we might be interested in Mata . any truth Ed?

{Ed002's Note - Not sure - he is out of contract in the summer and will have a choice - but he will be looking to play.}

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12 Nov 2018 20:50:53
Cheers ED.

15 Nov 2018 03:47:23
I wouldn't mind. I like Mata, he's the one that got away for me when he moved to Chelsea. Top player, top bloke.

04 Nov 2018 04:25:34
Hi eds. have Arsenal shown any interest in signing in nicolas pepe? Read a report that we are trying to sign him in January.

{Ed002's Note - Sevilla see Nicolas Pepe as a replacement for Jesus Navas (who they gave a long contract to) and Real Betis see him as a replacement for Joaquín who is aging. However, both made approaches in the summer of 2018 and were shocked at the asking price and, like Schalke, stepped back. Lyon has had an interest in Pepe since he was at Anger but have Bertrand Traoré and Maxwell Cornet who are vesatile and are playing well - so it is tough to see how he would fit in unless they were pressured in to losing one and that put the player off discussions in the summer. Barcelona have also looked at Pepe and Bayern Munich, who are searching for two RWs, have him on their shortlist. Whilst it is a position that Arsenal are short in and they were looking at the likes of Martins and Pavon in the summer and got nowhere. Arsenal were represented at a game against Rennes in August where Pepe was one of the players watched - the other being Thiago Mendes who the scout had recommended to Arsenal before they opted for Lucas Torreira. Lille are obviously aware that he has attended games and he plans on being at Lille again for the l'OM game at the end of the month, but there have been no specific discussions with Lille about the player. Anecdotally, his pick if he could have a young right winger would be Ferran Torres - but that won't happen.}

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04 Nov 2018 10:35:16
Great info as always ed. Thanks.

04 Nov 2018 10:39:16
Great info as always ed. Thanks.

04 Nov 2018 20:17:06
Will Nelson be given a chance or will we try and buy a right winger? Shame if he's not given an opportunity.

06 Nov 2018 19:50:03
I'd rather see the money used for defensive players, and Nelson given a chance when he returns from loan.

07 Nov 2018 05:12:37
I'm with GH, not sure how long we can continue playing Mustafi. Nelson won't be back from Hoffenheim till next season.

24 Oct 2018 12:01:21
Hello ed, just wanted to ask about Kolasinac. In my personal opinion he's unfit, poor defensively and has been a bit injury prone. Do u expect him to leave or do u know if we are looking to sign a new 1st team left back?

{Ed002's Note - Right now I don't think Arsenal see a new LB as a priority and their focus is elsewhere. I am not aware of any plans to sell SK and it is Monreal who may see a youngster replace him from within the club.}

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24 Oct 2018 16:44:49
Thanks Ed, I know it’s long away but do u see us strengthening in January?

{Ed002's Note - I can tell you where I know of interest but it is not normally possible to answer questions about the timing of transfers. There are certainly a couple of positions the club need top look at addressing but right now we don't know if they will look to do something in January or not. Clubs are not keen to sell then because it is harder to find replacements; will Ramsey leave in January and can he be replaced; players may still be involved in Champions League competition; etc..}

24 Oct 2018 17:18:55
We don't seem to have any young lbs at the club ed unless they plan to us maitland niles there.

25 Oct 2018 10:12:39
If reports are to be believed Emery isn't impressed by the options at LB and apparently looked into signing a LB during last summer's window.
Monreal is out of contract in June and turns 33 in February. Whilst Kolasinac started well at the club, then was mysteriously dropped by Wenger, has suffered injuries, looks way too bulky and doesn't convince defensively.
I have a feeling that unless a good opportunity arises we won't sign a LB until the summer. With £70m spent during the last window and reports that £40m is the budget for the next window, we will again look to make clever cheap signings. Hence, the reports that we may try to sign Moreno on a free from Liverpool in the summer window. I am aware that Arsenal fans seem to be unimpressed by Moreno, but perhaps he is the best we can expect, with a restricted budget and other positions also needing filling. I don't believe that right footed fill in options are Emery's choice. The likes of Maitland-Niles, Lichtsteiner and Xhaka playing at LB, are an emergency measure, not a solution. I wonder tonight if Lichtsteiner will replace Bellerin at LB and Jenkinson switch to LB, despite being a right footed RB.

27 Oct 2018 12:24:56
What about that young lb we signed last year who is on loan.

27 Oct 2018 13:52:58
Hey ed001 what's your opinion of moreno, is he better than what we have? and God forbid do we have serious interest in him and is he the best we can hope for? We are weak in the full back areas, there's no point scrimping and getting someone on a free who doesn't improve us at all we need to pay the money and get someone who will hold down the position long term. Not another free who will be a liability and need replacing again.

{Ed001's Note - he has plenty of ability but he lacks any intelligence. However Emery will not leave him to use his brain, he will give him instructions to follow so he should be ok for you.}

27 Oct 2018 14:48:55
That's slightly reassuring, we are interested in him then? Does klopp not already do that? And he hasn't looked that great for you?

{Ed001's Note - I don't know of any interest in him from Arsenal and he would prefer to return to Spain. Klopp likes players to use their own brain and think for themselves, he gives them room to make choices for themselves.}

27 Oct 2018 15:34:25
Well Yeh there's only so much instruction you can give someone, they have to be able to think for themselves if something unforseen happens on the pitch.

29 Oct 2018 12:23:46
I would be surprised if it were not a priority. We have Xhaka, not the most skilful defensive player at left back. Along with a quality centre half, I can't see any greater requirement than at left back. Numerous sources suggest that Emery is less than well disposed to what we currently have available in that position.

19 Oct 2018 12:20:39
Hi Eds,

Any truth in the rumours linking us to Malcom? If he isn't getting game time at Barcelona then taking him on loan would be great for both teams, possibly with an option to buy. Means that we could see what he could give to the team without the risk of a big transfer fee. I thought it was strange that we were linked with him heavily last january and then all of a sudden it went cold come summer.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach from Arsenal although I know that there has been a discussion with another side.}

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19 Oct 2018 20:25:41
So far we haven't gone for obvious players instead looking to spot the less obvious and less expensive in fees and wages, I think that trend will continue in January and it will next summer before we bring in any house hold names if at all.

11 Oct 2018 20:14:30
I've got to say Emery's substitutions are very good. He is always positive and he goes for it early. Quite often this season we have started poorly but in the second half scored at least one and won the game. That excites me as a fan. Remember Emery's Seville were trailing to Liverpool in the Europa League final he made a couple of positive changes and they blew them away in the second half!

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12 Oct 2018 01:19:56
When he starts getting it right at the start of a game, we are going to be dangerous. Lol.

12 Oct 2018 17:15:49
I was thinking exactly the same thing when reading kcider post Steve mate :-)
When subs change a game does it mean the manager is a genius for spotting the problem or an person for not starting the best 11 :-)
But do agree Kcider mate, it's a breath of fresh air to have a decisive manager who isn't afraid to see and admit his mistakes and rectify them asap.

17 Oct 2018 11:09:36
It's so refreshing following on from Wenger, who tended to leave substitutions until late, often too late to affect the game and generally only took those players off that wouldn't complain.

20 Oct 2018 18:50:04
Yep Emery takes off the players that are playing poorest or for tactical reasons nuff said.

05 Oct 2018 12:33:51
Ed02 are we interested in miguel almiron? Apparently the atalanta president says he's joining in January. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I am surprised that the Atlanta president has mentioned Arsenal. Miguel Almiron is likely heading to England if a Work Permit can be obtained but does not address Arsenal's issue of a RW and would likely struggle for game time if HM and MO stay - something that was made clear to Raul Sanllehi by one of the scouting staff. Newcastle remain very keen and have been showing an interest for some time. Sam Allardyce had him scouted when he was at Everton and Arsenal have enquired formally. Inter have watched the player on several occasions but accept the player is not keen on moving to Italy.}

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05 Oct 2018 16:05:31
It turns out the quotes about arsenal are fake ed. He just said the player is moving to England in January.

{Ed002's Note - I am aware that he has said no to a move to Italy. If Oezil were to go it would make sense.}

05 Oct 2018 16:33:40
I hope ozil doesn't leave. Just out of interest ed what does the scout that you know think about smith rowe or nelson filling the rw role next season?

{Ed002's Note - I have never asked but would not see much of the kiddies.}

05 Oct 2018 17:03:02
Thanks for the replies ed.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

05 Oct 2018 22:47:06
Ed you said if HM were to leave. Is Mkhitaryan on the move?


{Ed002's Note - You will need to point me at where I said that.}

06 Oct 2018 16:02:51
I would think he's ramseys replacement if correct.

{Ed002's Note - He plays in a different position to Ramsey - in fact the same position as Oezil. Piotr Zielinski and Ever Benaga are seen by the club to be potential replacements if Ramsey were to leave.}

06 Oct 2018 16:54:48
Not sure what Ramseys position is in this team Ed02. Emery has tried him at no10 and ozil has been out wide. I think he likes it more fluid and prefers his players to press, wherever they play. I think Almiron works more like he wants his players to work.

06 Oct 2018 17:03:26
Ed02, can you see ozil leaving in January, i would have thought because of his wages, he would be hard to move on but i don't see him as an emery player. He isn't pulling up any trees so far.

{Ed002's Note - Possibly, there is interst.}

06 Oct 2018 17:15:05
Wow, thanks Ed.

06 Oct 2018 18:17:34
Sorry Ed, you had written if HM and MO stay, so I assumed.

Would be good to clear the books from some of these absurd wages.

07 Oct 2018 04:29:52
That’s would be great news if Ozil is set to leave.

07 Oct 2018 19:45:43
Benaga is quality, we could grab two or three decent years out of him if we are quick.

05 Oct 2018 08:00:40
I noticed that under Emery we seem to defend deeper now, often drawing the opposition onto us, which on the one hand clearly provides chances for our opponents, but on the other hand we are counter attacking more, with space available behind the opponents defence as they push up whilst attacking us. I recall under Wenger how often we held a high line and forced our opponents to defend deep, which made it hard for us to break down and in turn we often got caught on the counter-attack. Is this a tactic? Or just a consequence occurring as the team adjust to Emery's methods?

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05 Oct 2018 11:55:05
Interesting points! It's easy to forget I think, how spoilt we were getting to watch the invincibles. That team could rinse the opposition on the break, could pass waiting for space to open, or press hard with strong players in and around the box. It was absolute magic, but it never seemed like a heavily coached formula. Wenger relied on enabling great players to express themselves, and thus on great defenders organising themselves. It'll take some getting used to a team being coached into a system again. It's totally necessary, as things had deteriorated into chaos under Arsenes last years, but it won't always be fluid or balanced as Emery learns and adjusts, and the players change their mindsets again. The high or deep line defence will become less of an issue hopefully, as slowly the team gets used to defending as a unit, not as separate entities.


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