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06 Feb 2019 19:46:48
Hi Eds,

Is there any truth in reports linking us to Leandro Trossard? Some reports are claiming we have agreed a €25m deal for him. Can't say I have ever heard of him before these reports but his stats this season in the Belgian League and Europa look impressive for a young winger.

{Ed002's Note - Leandro Trossard was certainly watched at the start of the season by an Arsenal scout who has since left the club. He is young but I know that Wolfsburg has also watched him. I am not aware of any deal being made and that seems a decent sum of money to pay for a LW when a RW is the real priority.}

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07 Feb 2019 19:50:57
Thanks Ed, is it such a big deal if they are LW? What I mean is can’t a right winger just play on the left? Or maybe I am being naive.

{Ed002's Note - Most wingers can but they have a primary position.}

09 Feb 2019 19:44:16
unless he's great with both feet playing on the opposite wing will mean a much worse end product, because he will be crossing with his weaker foot or being forced to cut inside.

09 Feb 2019 22:01:41
Some wingers actually perform really well on the opposite side to there natural kicking foot, Ashley Young won titles with United doing it, I know he became unpopular because of his diving antics but was actually a pretty good player when he allowed that side of his game to shine.

06 Feb 2019 08:40:00
Hi Ed's,

I was curious as to whether our transfer planning or activity behind the scenes would stop or be hindered with Mislintat leaving, or if the wheels are in motion for what we want to do in the summer already?

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - It will certainly be hindered and there is the potential that the new appointment will derail it completely. However, in the interim it will continue down the road it has been going - but keep in mind some good and trusted people from the scouting side, one in particular, have moved on.}

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06 Feb 2019 15:25:14
That is bad news because we need to buy well and we need to buy at reasonable prices if not better than reasonable prices and scouting bargains was an avenue I hoped we excell in as a way back to being competitive again.

06 Feb 2019 16:21:51
Ed if I’m honestly I don’t know much about the director of football role, but in this your opinion who is perfectly suited for the role and why?

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal already have Raul Sanllehi in the role of Director of Football. What they need is a new chief scout or a bit of a restructure as Sanllehi is very much a football administrator. This means that whoever arrives to replace Sven Mislintat needs to adapt to work in a slightly odd set up where he would be given the title of Technical Director or Chief Scout but would not have the overall say over the football side of things - as that would still be in the hands of Sanllehi - and that could make it difficult to recruit the right person. There is no secret that Monchi is having a bit of a tough time at Roma after a not so good summer, losing focus over players signed for the AM role and a struggle with the owner to some extent. He has been in London this week discussing a player with another club and maybe someone sneaked him a drink and had a chat with him? Perhaps could be convinced that the job is for him - but I rather suspect not having full control over transfers and the youth system might put him off. Overmars has done well in the Netherlands and knows the club well - if he could be persuaded to join it would be necessary to certainly give him powers over the youth system - so again it depends on the job spec.

If money is not going to be available and the hadcuffs are on or the coach interferes or the Director of Football interferes, then Monchi is not the man for Arsenal, regardless of how good he is. Overmars would have certain demands and may suit the club better at this time.}

06 Feb 2019 21:32:54
It's not sounding good to me as an outsider looking in, sounds like there could be trouble at tut Mill and may well be behind Sven leaving.
I think losing Sven might have set us back further than we will probably ever realise,
Some of our best signings for very long time came in the two 2018 windows he was around.

06 Feb 2019 23:46:03
Thanks Ed for the info, really interesting. Hopefully arsenal appoint the right man.

09 Feb 2019 12:38:46
Just caught up on this thank you Ed love reading your comments. I wouldn't mind seeing overmars come to the club. Seems to being a good job over there and if he has a big say in the youth set up I can only see good things coming from that.

05 Feb 2019 14:50:54
Hello Ed's, is there any interest in Ibrahima Konate, centre back from Leipzig?

{Ed002's Note - Ibrahima Konate has been looked at by Arsenal.}

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05 Feb 2019 17:00:21
A lot of paper talk recently over Rabiot possibly coming to Arsenal in the summer. I know you (Ed002) had previously stated that Emery would like to sign the player. Have there been any recent developments between Rabiot and Arsenal or is it all just nonsense?

{Ed002's Note - Obviously Rabiot is in a position now where he can negotiate a summer deal (let's assume that to be a signing on fee, a wage/bonus package, agent and third party fees) with any club outside of the remit of the FFF. This includes Arsenal and a number of other sides. The attraction of Spain to him will be the profile but the constant screwing around put off Barcelona and they have gone elsewhere. England is very attractive because of the money but the second guarantees are sought over playing time (and this will be a major issue) some clubs will step back. There are a couple of sides of interest in Italy still but he is not first choice for either - so it is less likely. As a wildcard Bayern Munich have already lost out on one CM target and could perhaps look again at him, and don't rule out a settlement in Paris.}

05 Feb 2019 17:38:55
Thanks for the great info!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

05 Feb 2019 18:03:22
Ed I know in the past u said he’s unlikely to join arsenal, do you still hold that view?

{Ed002's Note - Even though you can almost certainly take Barcelona out of the loop, he might also want Champions League - Arsenal could have concentrated their efforts on Rabiot leading up to January and we would not have needed to go around the Zielinski, Banega, Fornals, Herrera loop. I am far from convinced it will happen but it is certainly possible.}

05 Feb 2019 21:04:53
Aren't him and Liverpool quite keen on each other?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach from Liverpool.}

06 Feb 2019 15:20:52
Fair enough Ed, thank you.

06 Feb 2019 18:17:03
From the slightly limited games of French football i have seen over the last few years, i like Rabiot. Also I think he would suit us and he has the right build to slot into our midfield. can't see it happening but i think he would be the sort of signing that shows some form of intent or ambition from the club.

02 Feb 2019 09:56:04
Hi!
Now when Sven Mislintat is gone from the club, do you think there is weight in the rumors about Monchi to Arsenal?
If so we will have a bright future.
Btw the deal Raul got for Suarez is brilliant :)

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02 Feb 2019 21:19:20
I don't really know enough about him or that side of the game to really offer a fair opinion on any of it mate.

04 Feb 2019 21:47:37
Am i right, monchi worked with Dick in the past. There may be legs, it may be people putting two and two together. Overmars is in the frame as well, i think.

31 Jan 2019 23:08:28
Is Wenger in charge of this window for us? No defenders, no CDM but a light weight winger from Spain. 😐

That should sort out the second half of the season. #address our problems.

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31 Jan 2019 23:25:20
We have too many defenders on the books and can't sign someone without shipping someone else out. We also don't need a CDM. Also Suarez can play across the midfield and on the wing, like Isco.

01 Feb 2019 08:39:03
Time will tell SY mate, my worry is in Dick we have found another Arsene who thinks if he ignores our defensive problems they will simply disappear by magic or he shares Arsenes mythical ideology of we can simply outscore our way to a title so defence isn't that big a deal.
My hope is he will come to realise like most fans that the biggest reason we haven't and don't take part in title races or champions league quater finals anymore is because the once legendary Arsenal defence is the missing ingredient.
Gary Nevile said at the start of the season that Dick was picking Xhaka every game in order for Xhaka to either come good and prove his worth or be totally exposed as an incapable weak link, personally I think this season and next especially we are going to find out exactly what we need to know about Dick and whether he's capable or incapable of doing what needs to be done to solve our biggest weakness that has held us back for more than a decade.
None of us know what Dick will or won't do in the future I just really hope he is seen to be aware of and trying to address what simply has to be dealt with by someone somewhere if we are ever to be truly competitive beyond 4th place trophy dreams.

02 Feb 2019 10:35:04
I think we are waiting for the summer transfer window to sort out our defence where more players become available and at better prices. I’m sure the club is aware of our defensive issues but the next transfer will tell a lot about the club and Emery.
I believe our strategy this window get some players on loan with option to buy as if they can settle and look to handle the PL than ok if not return the player and look for other option rather than a panic buy.
Liech was brought if for more experience and maybe teach Belerin a thing or two about defending, which hopefully in training is way better than what he is showing us on the field.

04 Feb 2019 16:10:32
A lot of our defensive problems start higher I the pitch. By strengthening our midfield with technical player who can both win the ball and hold on to it without loosing it, we will relieve the defense of to many tasks. You could see the problem yesterday when we were pushed to far in to our own box. And we couldn’t put enough pressure on city’s defense.

05 Feb 2019 14:04:35
Yes, i think our manager should have ignored the lack of cash available and taken a leaf out of our previous managers book by blowing "in excess" of £35 million on a center half and getting Mustafi. that worked out well.

31 Jan 2019 16:16:51
Eds do you think that's it for players coming in.

{Ed002's Note - We’ll see.}

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31 Jan 2019 21:32:52
We've got one so we've had many worse January windows, I know last year we got Pea but that was an exception to our usual low key January's.
There was Elneny and Kim Kalstrom before Pea but prior to that Ashavin is the only other one I can think of.
Would have liked some defensive additions but it's probably best we work on getting some kind of organised unit in place out of what we already have first so any new player who might join in the summer find it easier to settle in quickly.

31 Jan 2019 07:01:56
Hi eds. Is Arsenal trying to sign any defensive players? Any last minute updates? Hope we get nkunku as well.

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal have concentrated on a wide player (hence the Pavin and Under interest which drifted in to Perisic and Carrasco once only loans were viable) and still remain interested in NKunku but it remains entirely dependent on one particular player signing for PSG today.}

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31 Jan 2019 12:39:22
If we had concentrated on a wide player, why have signed Suarez, and currently seek the signature of Nkunku, neither of which fit that profile. I can't say I have seen much of either to be fair, so I'm not sure if I ought to feel pleased or not.

{Ed002's Note - Be Ayzenberg they were also seen to be needed.}

31 Jan 2019 15:27:13
Ed002, I'm assuming the particular player you mention the Nkunku deal riding on is Luciano Acosta to PSG?

{Ed002's Note - Yes Tony, that is correct.}

31 Jan 2019 20:18:41
Hmm Ed you have lost me there. The only Ayzenberg I know is an advertising agency. But I think I get the point.

30 Jan 2019 22:02:41
I see Rowe Smith is going out on loan to get some first team under his belt.

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30 Jan 2019 22:18:04
Great move for him and arsenal.

31 Jan 2019 08:03:44
Excellent, I'm a huge fan players going abroad on loan rather than the lower leagues in Britain or worse still playing under 23 football where they don't seem to learn or progress much at all.
It's got to be much more exciting for them learning different things rather than Just gouge through the motions day after day after day doing the same old stuff.

31 Jan 2019 09:02:36
Good little player and a great move for him. Keep him on his toes with some decent first team football and bring him back in for pre-season. If he copes well with it, him and Nelson could well be forcing their way in to the squad next season. I wouldn't be against Smith-Rowe having a full season abroad either though.

31 Jan 2019 09:56:45
Good to see young players getting first team experience in a top league.

30 Jan 2019 17:02:59
Hello Ed's, with Denis Suarez signing for Arsenal do u expect anymore signings this window?

{Ed002's Note - I still think Nkunku could well go ahead.}

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30 Jan 2019 19:20:23
Thanks Ed, any idea why the Perisic offer failed? If you don’t know then never mind.

{Ed002's Note - I have answered this before - it is all to do with a commitment to buy in the summer.}

30 Jan 2019 19:35:42
My fault- I didn’t realise. Thanks for the information and goodnight.

30 Jan 2019 22:01:42
Is this psg guy any good Ed I. Your opinion. I have never seen him play.

{Ed002's Note - He is a regular but no fixed position hence he feels like he is being used as cover - but well thought of.}

31 Jan 2019 10:47:09
Thanks Ed do you think that is it for players joining us.

{Ed002's Note - If something can be done about loaning a wide player sure - but these are not the derired solutions and will just be sucking money out of the pot.}

30 Jan 2019 17:43:58
Nketiah is going out on loan to augsburg.

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