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25 Mar 2019 16:33:58
Is the interest in thuram true?

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26 Mar 2019 04:17:19
Hope not, at 47 he's probably not ever going to be match fit.

23 Mar 2019 17:02:37
Ed02 do you know names of any fullbacks that we are interested in? Thank you.

{Ed002's Note - Nothing stands out right now man.}

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24 Mar 2019 09:50:21
Hello ed, can you tell us about Centre midfielders we are interested in?

{Ed002's Note - Adrien Rabiot (CM/AM) - Emery wants him but wages will be very high and interest from elsewhere will likely win out. 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/bomus 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.

Kai Havertz (CM/AM) option to Rabiot but won't happen as his future is largely mapped out.

Joe Aribo (CM) remains of interest - but is he ready to step up?

Nicolo Barella (CM) Napoli and Chelsea failed with approaches in January - but he wants to be a starter and stay in Italy - so very difficult.

Ever Banega (CM) - Emery again likes the player but the club are not so keen, but if the preferred choices are not available he may need to be considered.}

24 Mar 2019 16:16:46
Thank Ed, where do you think Rabiot will go in the end?

{Ed002's Note - There is no agreement, and it could come down to who has been least annoyed by him and his mother.}

24 Mar 2019 21:31:13
Fed up of this Alaba crap, just because footballers support a team doesn’t mean we will buy them lol.

18 Mar 2019 16:25:14
Lol well Ed002 that's Overmars ruled out now.

{Ed002's Note - As I said on February 6 after dismissing Monchi taking the role - "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."

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19 Mar 2019 01:56:12
We have such an overbearing technical setup that I highly doubt we are going to attract anyone of quality. Most of the very best in their job - Monchi, Mislintat, etc. require far more control than we seem to be willing to part with. I legitimately have no idea how we are run between Sanllehi, Venkatesham, etc.

19 Mar 2019 20:57:08
I don't understand how it all works behind the scenes but to me it seems we had the right man in Sven but after attracting him in the first place we failed to give him what he needed to do his job properly.

21 Mar 2019 05:59:25
Agree g62. We only had Sven for a few months but what he has achieved in that time is extraordinary. Look at who we have secured, compare that to the 18 months before he showed up. Brainless club policy IMO.

18 Mar 2019 16:24:44
Ed02 now that Overmars and Monchi out of the picture do you think Arsène could take the job? Most players we signed in the past said they joined because of Arsène. Also there has been a bit of talk we could promote Steve morrow. Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - There is no chance that M Wenger will be taking the job of "Chief Scout", it would be a disaster. Promoting Steve Morrow has its merits as he would probably not be concerned about the strange structure the club has, which as I said before would keep Monchi from the job, and with the lack of control my prove to be an issue for Overmars. Morrow obviously is well connected but I am not at this time convinced he would be the right solution.}

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19 Mar 2019 23:37:02
I don’t think Emery would stay if Wenger came back into the frame and to be fair why would he? I can’t imagine many scenarios where a manager would be happy with that setup - bar Ole at Manu who is a puppet with Fergie playing Gepetto and oling the strings ;)

15 Mar 2019 10:51:27
Apologies if this has been asked/ answered already.

Seeing a lot since the tie with Rennes that we have taken the opportunity to discuss the transfer of Ismaili Sarr? Any truth in this or just more tabloid click bait.


{Ed002's Note - Ismaila Sarr (RW) was watched earlier in the season before Arsenal moved on a well respected scout. There was certainly no discussion about the player whilst any Europa league tie was being played.}

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17 Mar 2019 16:17:16
Just want to say well done Ed002, you said that you doubt Monchi will join and now he’s joined Sevilla, good work from you again! Does this just make it more likely that Overmars will join instead?

{Ed002's Note - Marc Overmars is certainly next on the list and I understand would be open to the job - but he needs to accept constraints based on performance. If I were Arsenal I would step back and have a lttle rethink to make sure the right person comes in. Arsenal are built on consistency, and need to continue that.}

17 Mar 2019 21:21:42
Ed I don’t know what power these guys hold but I saw something like Overmars saying if he left his first signing will be De Ligt. Will he really hold this power? If not at arsenal what about at Ajax?

{Ed002's Note - MdL won’t be moving to Arsenal.}

18 Mar 2019 07:55:50
Such a shame things went wrong with Sven.

14 Mar 2019 11:59:53
Hello ed I saw on a different page you said Pepe will be moving elsewhere, is that club Arsenal because I know you previously said we had interest in him?

{Ed002's Note - I meant elsewhere to wherever it was asked, and whilst Arsenal are among many clubs who have shown an interest and remain very keen, it it is most probable he will move elsewhere.}

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14 Mar 2019 16:08:38
Bayern bound me thinks 😭
He woulda been a perfect requirement for us. Shame.

14 Mar 2019 15:07:50
Thanks Ed!

15 Mar 2019 13:08:50
Are we talking about the former Real Pepe, 36, a red card every other game and all round dirty player? Or, have I missed a trick and the talk is of someone else?

15 Mar 2019 16:45:09
It’s the Lille player Urban 👍🏻

Quick tricky winger with goals n assist in his locker, shame if we don’t do our upmost to grab him in my opinion.

11 Mar 2019 20:52:20
Hopefully the clubs new strategy :

"Arsenal club chiefs have reportedly confirmed players who have two years left on their contracts and refuse to sign a new deal will be sold by the club. "

Having lost big players for nothing and been held to ransom by others - this new strategy makes sense and a we, come change.

Fingers crossed it works.

I assume that means contracts should be 5 years and very very rarely 3 years in length.

Well done whoever suggested and approved this move.

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11 Mar 2019 23:46:22
Where did you see that SY? Seems like the club publicising that policy would hurt their negotiations, both with the player and with other clubs. Other clubs know we're going to sell so they don't have to offer over the odds, the player doesn't have time to be won over if they are iffy on a new contract. As internal policy, great, but as a publicly visible one, hmmm.

13 Mar 2019 08:18:21
I think it's both very sensible and very workable.
All it means is you start negotiations on a contract extention with 3 years remaining and if with 2 years left you have no agreement you listen to offers.
It works for all other clubs so why not us? Which other club loses players on free or is held to ransom like Arsenal have been and have done?
It's incredible how many players like Theo Jack Mesut have won contracts well beyond thier football ability simply by playing the club well in the contract stakes and what other club loses so many players for nothing?
Would Aaron have accepted 2 seasons like this season where he is a bit part player? I think he and others would leave earlier for a fee rather than see out 2 years on the bench which would lessen thier options at the end of the two years.

13 Mar 2019 14:33:18
I wouldn’t say Chelsea are as bad as Arsenal in regards to contracts. But there’s Courtois, Hazard, Hudson-Odoi just in the last season or two. United had something like 11 or so players at the start of the season who were entering the final year of their contract.

I do think it’s a sign of the way things seem to be heading. The price of top end and even average players is sky rocketing and the majority of clubs can't afford to pay those sort of prices. As such players who want to leave are priced out of moves and so the only way for them to move on is to run their contracts down. With the added bonus of being paid double what their market rate is in regards to wages.

13 Mar 2019 20:41:26
Clubs have to change the way players see running their contract down, if a player doesn't play regularly for 2 seasons he will struggle to find a club to match his current salary let alone double it.
Summer 2017 Man city were ready to pay 60 million and improve Sanchez wages but now in winter 2019 and Alexis would struggle to get Leicester City interested enough to pay 16 million and Match his Arsenal wages.
Football moves quickly and players who are hot prospects now can quickly get forgotten once out of the limelight.

14 Mar 2019 11:49:40
The clubs contract policy was woeful during the Gazidis era. It simply can't be any worse.

14 Mar 2019 16:54:33
I agree with the sentiment, but it has the potential for a lot of disruption. Not that I'm agin it, just noting that it's not the win-win it looks.

26 Feb 2019 10:30:17
Hi Eds,

Do you know of any CBs we are showing interest in?

{Ed002's Note - Ibrahima Konate (CB)
Boubacar Kamara (CB) - very unlikely as talks progress with another side - interest raised by a well respected scout who was then sacked by Minislat
Matthias Ginter (CB)

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26 Feb 2019 17:08:26
Ibrahima Konate pops up a lot ed, do you still think it is unlikely he will move in the summer or do you think arsenal will strike a deal?

{Ed002's Note - It will be difficult.}

26 Feb 2019 20:19:22
You should be a politician Ed! lol. By difficult are you talking about the asking price or competition to get him?

{Ed002's Note - They don't want to sell, it would be a stupid move for him if he went to Arsenal, maybe if he does move it would be to one of the other sides, maybe he will be too expensive, etc..}

27 Feb 2019 06:42:08

Appreciate you have just given that list - are there any English CB’s that we are monitoring at all?

{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware of but the club will keep looking.}

28 Feb 2019 00:39:21
Cheers Ed, I feel like Ginter isn't really an improvement at all on our current options : ( Koyate however looks to have all the tools to be a great but as you say unlikely.

28 Feb 2019 12:31:30
WE should be looking at Jonathan Tah at Bayer Leverkusen. Reminds me of a future Virgil Van Dyke.

25 Feb 2019 14:04:34
Good day Ed,

I read a somewhat worrying story about Arsenal being willing to sell Guendouzi for €60MM in the summer, with PSG interested.

Are we really in such a financial predicament that we would consider selling Matteo? I think he's going to be a world beater.


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any plans to sell Guendouzi at this time.}

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25 Feb 2019 20:15:25
He's a gooner and looks like he's living his dream at the moment so I doubt very much he would swap our team for PSG squad place and bench should injury allow for a few dollars more at this stage of his career.
The passion he shows both on the pitch and from the side lines doesn't give me the impression he'd swap playing for banking more money.

In 3 to 4 years time he may out grow Arsenal if he starts to deliver on all that wonderful potential and we don't progress with him beyond 4th place hopefuls by becoming genuine contenders but for now I'm pretty sure he's very happy at Arsenal.

26 Feb 2019 00:11:52
We should be building a team round Gouendouzi if we are looking to break back into the top four. It is obvious that big teams will be sniffing, he is pure class but he is an arsenal fan and i think we will keep him for a few more years. Him and torreira should be the future of a great potential midfield.

25 Feb 2019 23:45:48
I would be very surprised if Gouendouzi was sold, he is an arsenal fan, playing for his club st 19. As a club the midfield duo of him and torreira are the future for the next three or gour seasons. The club should be building round players like him. I for one would be devastated if he is sold on for profit over progress. I don't see it.

26 Feb 2019 00:07:31
I never really thought of this until now but it'll be interesting to see how players with such potential turn out at arsenal. Not putting the blame at arsene but so many potential world betters last 5 plus years all seemed to get to a good point and stopped progressing. Ox and Walcott spring to mind im sure there's more but they seemed to look impressive then get to a point at arsenal and just stop.

26 Feb 2019 09:25:28
No disrespect to anyone of our other youngsters but Guendouzi isn't Arsenal produced and it shows, he's young he's quite raw and full of enthusiasm and passion.
He reminds me more of Petit than anyone in that respect.
He will run through a brick wall for the team but also has real talent to match all that enthusiasm.
Footballing ability is only half the package needed to make to the very top and if you haven't got the heart the desire the passion to go with the ability you will always be talked of as potential, like Theo always was.

24 Feb 2019 11:25:26
Being linked with Aaron Wan Bianka from palace, any truth that we are going to get him Ed's?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach by Arsenal at this time and the priority is for other positions.}

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25 Feb 2019 12:10:43
He sh@£s on Bellerin but, as Ed says, probably not iur priority position.

25 Feb 2019 12:01:25
Would love to see us sign him and more reports of Rabiot are emerging again. Hope there is truth in these reports, as well as Monchi arriving.

25 Feb 2019 12:01:25
Would love to see us sign him and more reports of Rabiot are emerging again. Hope there is truth in these reports, as well as Monchi arriving.

{Ed002's Note - I have already explained the situation with Monchi. As for Rabiot I am not aware of anything changing at all at this time.}


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