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30 Jan 2019 17:38:26
Arsenal have signed "barca outcast" denis suarez, lol some of the media outlets on the web are gutter snipes. Very talented player, the only thing we need to find out is wether he copes with the prem. We have4 months to find out.

{Ed0333's Note - i agree Steve I think the guys a very good player. Really looking forward to seeing provide bullets to Aba and Lacazette. I don’t see anything wrong with this transfer at all.

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30 Jan 2019 17:50:22
Emery knows him really well Ed0333, he knows what he is getting, so i'm hopeful he can blossom but at least we can try before we buy.

{Ed0333's Note - exactly it’s a win win situation for arsenal.

30 Jan 2019 19:36:46
Alexis wasn’t a first team regular in Barcelona before he came to us. So if Suarez can be anything close to that I would be thrilled. (Yeah yeah, I know Alexis was a better player, with more power to his game)

30 Jan 2019 20:42:05
The truth is Nor, Barcelona don't have many donkeys in their A or B teams, they can all play football and would get in a hell of a lot of first teams. He probably needs to play regularly to find his true potential. he's no mug that's for sure.

31 Jan 2019 01:51:15
Alexis was a regular, he was almost always in the team except for a handful of occasions off the bench or left out of the cups.
Personally I'm glad we've picked up Suarez but wondering who will make way in the side as a result.

29 Jan 2019 12:57:55
Apparently Denis Suarez is extending his contract with Barcelona then joining us on loan for the rest of the season.

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30 Jan 2019 04:54:42
Probably Barca's insurance on a good fee. I wonder if his price has just gone up if we do pick him up end of season as a result.

30 Jan 2019 10:48:23
Sounds like he is on his way to us. At best we will sign Suarez and another player, but there isn't much positive 'noise' in respect of a second signing.

30 Jan 2019 11:18:28
Back in talks to sign Carrasco apparently since Inter are refusing to loan Perisic. Better option imo purely based on age and future at the club. He is a good player and will certainly bring something different to the team along with Suarez. Whether we will get Carrasco done however, i'm not to confident but there is time!

30 Jan 2019 16:46:40
Carrasco is unbelievably overrated. If Unai is looking for players that chase back n chase the ball (i. e why he doesn’t play Ozil) then he is barking up the wrong tree with this one.
Why d’you think Atletico got rid? Simeone wanted players who fight n give 100% every game. Carrasco is not this.

28 Jan 2019 20:01:45
Elneny to Leicester?

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28 Jan 2019 20:47:05
I bet its on loan. Lol.

28 Jan 2019 21:12:15
I was excited for a minute I thought you said Emery to Leicester:-)

28 Jan 2019 23:40:11
Why does no one like emery I think he is doing a great job.

28 Jan 2019 23:59:05
I like Dick, i think he's doing a great job, i can see what he is trying to do and i also accept he hamstrung until the summer. The faults he came into with the team and club are not going away over night. Under wenger, we weren't in games against the top six, we are now and that's with players that he may not want. I can see he has a plan, wenger never had a plan, i can see he is strong in his decision making and is trying everything he can with the hand he was dealt.

{Ed0333's Note - so you like dick Steve?

29 Jan 2019 01:39:23
Yes ed0333, but only the managerial kind. I play with a straight bat. Lol.

{Ed0333's Note - to be fair I like Dick too. I think the guy needs a chance to prove himself.

29 Jan 2019 02:06:33
With you most of the way there Steve. I think Wenger had a plan, but as he got older he became less able to adapt. One thing is for sure, he was staggeringly bad at identifying which big money signings would improve the team. Compare some of our bigger late-Wenger signings (Mustafi) with the past (Lauren, Rosicky) and the decline is quite obvious.

29 Jan 2019 06:07:00
He was on a hiding to nothing taking over from Wenger and with a board reluctant to give him the funds he needs to rebuild. Give him 3 years and then make a judgement I reckon.

29 Jan 2019 07:53:47
Emery is doing a great job with the team he has inherited and you have to take in to account the injuries he's had to face as well. Rob Holding being the biggest loss imo. People seriously need to give him a chance.

29 Jan 2019 08:01:52
It's not a case of not liking him I'm Just disappointed that he doesn't seem anymore capable of building a defensive unit than Arsene was.
We desperately needed a manager who appreciated the art and value of a solid defence, Arsene built on the back of the very solid foundation of 1 0 to the Arsenal era then let it run to rack and ruin in pursuit of out scoring everyone and so far it seems Dick has no more love of the defensive side of the game than Arsene had.
Liverpool and City have spent as heavily on defence as they have attack because Pep and Jurgen know one without the other isn't viable for title challenging.

29 Jan 2019 09:36:05
I totally agree Gunner be he hasn't had much of chance to change that from a players perspective. We have been crying out for a defensive midfielder and Torreira was brought in. We were crying out for a GK and Leno was brought in. We needed some more defensive cover and Sokratis was brought in. The trouble is we actually have a lot of players in defence so without moving some on, it's hard to keep adding. Bellerin, Monreal, Kos, Sokratis, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Holding, Lich, Jenkinson, Mavropanos plus 3 youngsters have been promoted to the first team, Osei-Tutu, Medley and Pleguezuelo. 13 defenders. We can't just keep buying. I think we will see an overhaul defensively in the summer with Jenkinson, Monreal and possibly Mustafi leaving. Kos maybe but he loves the club so might stick around for another season to provide cover in cup games etc. Emery needs time, he can't do anything miraculous defensively straight away when 90% of the players at his disposal can't defend.

29 Jan 2019 11:48:30
The club was left in a financial mess by Gazidis and Emery. I read today that the pay off for Wenger and his backroom staff totalled £17.5m. The signings made by Emery and his team were remarkable for an outlay of only £70m. The wage bill Emery inherited is absurdly high. Ozil and Mkhitaryan are hugely overpaid and we still have to pay useless Jenkinson, etc.
I am certain that Emery would like to sign many more players and release others, but his hands are tied by the financial constraints, which will ease a little in the summer as sponsorship deals with Addidas and Emirates kick in. I would only expect another £70m, plus any sales. I would like to see us sell Ozil, Elneny, and Jenkinson (if possible) . We need to let Lichtsteiner and Welbeck go as it's the end of their deals and Ramsey is off. Others that need to step up or be shipped out are Mkhitaryan and Martinez. The scale of the job Emery has to do is huge and we must be patient.

29 Jan 2019 12:26:09
I totally agree he can't wave a magic wand and simply improve our defence by magic Glen mate but I do get frustrated by the lack of commitment to improve our weakest department that has and will always stop us having any chance of being more than also rans.
Xhaka being the only player to start every game under both Arsene and Dick and our defensive disarray doesn't seem to bother Dick unduly Just as it didn't Arsene either.
For me it's a case of no defensive improvement no improvement in our competitiveness as I can never ever remember a title winning team that were extremely poor at the back and relied totally on out scoring every opponent 5 4 or 4 3.

29 Jan 2019 12:54:03
RG is that a typo? The financial situation of the club is not remotely Emery's fault.

29 Jan 2019 15:32:17
Wire - Yes, well spotted, it should have read 'Wenger' not Emery.
I have been extremely impressed by Emery, who bought well last summer and needs the opportunity to form his own squad and replace failing players from the Wenger era.

30 Jan 2019 03:30:19
I’m all in favour of giving Emery time, but I fail to understand what has he done better. Everybody portrays him as a tactically adept manager, of which he has shown no signs of. He was outplayed completely by Ole in the ManU match. And does he know what is his favoured formation? I would like to hear your opinions.

30 Jan 2019 04:59:40
He's often gotten it wrong to start matches but his substitutions have been (largely) perfect and the number of points we have recovered from losing positions is, if I'm not mistaken, highest in the league. His biggest fault is not preempting the opposition as we tend to take around 45 minutes to work out how best to play. Once we do however we take it up several gears and by the 60th minute I think we outplay most teams we come up against.

The only criticism I have of Emery is how he's handled the Ozil situation although that may not be entirely his fault, and how we start games (but crucially not how we finish them) . I think the board made an excellent decision in appointing him and keep in mind how difficult it is to replace a club legend like Wenger, just ask Man U.

30 Jan 2019 19:47:05
Dick has got the players working harder no question about that and he is quick to admit when he's made a mistake in his starting line up by making early subs (which happens a lot) but apart from that I can't see any change at all we look good going forwards but extremely vulnerable at the back.

27 Jan 2019 18:52:09
Eds do you still see anyone coming in as only 4 days left of the window.

{Ed002's Note - Yes.}

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27 Jan 2019 23:08:17
Thanks Ed hopefully be an upgrade on what we have do you know where there trying to improve on.

28 Jan 2019 19:18:46
We are unlikely to buy anything that is an upgrade on what we have. And if we are not willing to strengthen the defence with properly funded recruits, the future looks somewhat bleak. It certainly won't be rectified by half arsed loan+buy later deals for ageing players. Moreover, if Ramsey stays until the summer, we do not need midfielders as much as we require defenders. The back four is the existential crisis facing the club and they have yet to show interest in resolving it.

28 Jan 2019 21:16:19
It takes some understanding UC, well it's beyond me anyway.
Obviously that's not the most difficult trick to pull off :-)

29 Jan 2019 05:47:21
If we can only do loans, a RB should be top of the list, with bellerin out til next season.

29 Jan 2019 14:27:45
Here's hoping for some last minute transfer wizardry. Despite what I said above, a fresh face would give us all a bit of a boost.

29 Jan 2019 14:54:46
Hopefully we get 2 signings done.

26 Jan 2019 15:35:08
Just heard that we are trying to convince ozil to move to inter so that we can get perisic.

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26 Jan 2019 21:21:56
Ive heard inter aren't interested.

{Ed0333's Note - where did you hear this?

26 Jan 2019 22:47:22
I think a lot of teams would take Özil. It's the wages that I bet not a lot of teams would like to pay.

{Ed0333's Note - not many teams would like to pay £350k a week to a 29 year old? No really?

27 Jan 2019 17:49:26
I reckon we would still need to continue to 200,000 of the 350,000 if he leaves Just to make a move possible for anyone to accept.
How ever did we agree to pay 350,000 per week in the first place, just writing it makes my jaw drop.
Whoever negotiated that? And who ever rubber stamped it rather sacking the bloke who agreed it on the spot.
No wonder we are short of transfer funds.

27 Jan 2019 11:11:10
From my sauce ed0333, can't remember if it was the red or brown one.

{Ed0333's Note - mixture of ketchup and HP maybe lol.

27 Jan 2019 20:20:16
It's got nothing to do with his age, Ed. I'd happily have Arsenal pay a 29 year old, 350k a week if they made the difference week in week out.

27 Jan 2019 20:33:31
The ozil payrise is up there with the worst financial decision this club has ever made and ozil is nothing but a theif at the moment. I just hope that for arsenal football club a solution can be found to end the financial strangulation.

26 Jan 2019 13:13:25
David Ornstein saying we after Ivan persic on loan with an option to buy for 35m.

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26 Jan 2019 15:59:19
Wanted Suarez on loan, failed because we won’t commit to a purchase. Nkunku, that will probably fail because we won’t commit to a purchase. Now we are on talks to sign Perisic? Great player by why would we commit to buying a 30 year old for 35m when we won’t commit to Suarez for 20. Looks like we are going through players until someone just says yes to a loan with option to buy rather than a obligation.

26 Jan 2019 16:24:17
Perisic is an option to buy, Barcelona wanted a obligation to buy. If the player can’t settle to life or football, you are not forced to buy.

26 Jan 2019 16:50:21
Yes I know. Inter also want an obligation to buy according to reports and will only accept offers between 35-40m in the summer.

26 Jan 2019 12:38:46
Hi Eds, do you have any info on perisic rumours and how reliable they are, thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Inter are keen to sell Perisic and I understand an enquiry has been made about taking him on loan.}

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26 Jan 2019 15:19:27

26 Jan 2019 15:46:29
Why are Inter keen to move him on?

{Ed002's Note - Age - time to replace him}

26 Jan 2019 16:25:14
Ed why are arsenal keep going for ageing players? A bit strange. Before we went for young players.

{Ed002's Note - it makes no sense to me.}

26 Jan 2019 18:43:04
I can't see us paying all that for a player with no resale value, and neither should we, I'd rather see us sign 4 or 5 players who are on the verge of a breakthrough who can flourish in an Arsenal shirt for 3 or 4 years at least then if we do lose them at a much higher price will be able to reinvest again.

25 Jan 2019 22:24:16
The majority fans realise we are in transition.

January is a bad time to buy players

Let's get behind Emery and the club and give them a couple of summer Windows.

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26 Jan 2019 11:29:45
Its obvious we are very good with the ball and i can see lots of good things that are being done when we haven't got the ball. It is also obvious we have players letting the system down. I can only see us getting CL football this year through the europa league but we need a lot more luck with injuries in defence than we are getting. They are ripping us apart, socratis and kos are vital to any success this season, if we can't rely on them we are forked.

25 Jan 2019 13:57:47
Hello Eds,
Just after a bit of of information regarding the club and it's finances if possible. I know there's been this whole thing about Arsenal only being able to afford loan deals this month and so on, but it looks like Suarez is really keen to get this Arsenal move sorted. Have we really pushed our finances to the limit that much that the £17m asking price from Barcelona is just not achievable at all? Understand our revenue decrease is also a factor but it's frustrating that we can't take advantage of this opportunity. Why are Arsenal that concerned with having a obligation to buy? If they are sceltical about him being good enough then why even pursue a loan in the first place.
Many thanks in advance.

{Ed002's Note - The issue with DS is as I have said. The obligation/option issue. They don’t want to commit funds if it doesn’t work out. There is nothing sinister really here.}

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25 Jan 2019 19:41:11
I understand that but does that mean Arsenal are going to try and loan every player going forward to try them out ‘incase it doesn’t work out’. seems a bit silly if you ask me when you have a player who wants to play for you and fits the bill in midfield. They just need to make their decision and either take it or leave it.

26 Jan 2019 12:13:42
Glenn, you are quite right, it's hogwash. It's nothing to do with concerns about 'working out' - they either do not have, or do not wish to spend, the asking fee. If we are at all worried about his ability to adapt to the EPL, we ought not be looking at him at all. I'm happy to give Emery and the management team time to develop the squad in the way they see fit, but that faith wears thin when our intelligence is insulted. To clarify, I presume that Ed002 was reflecting the club's view, not his own.

{Ed001's Note - I think Glenn is missing the point. Barca wanted an obligation to buy, Arsenal wanted an option. They didn't want to be forced to buy a player who was unhappy or not performing etc.}

26 Jan 2019 12:29:18
But it was clear an 'option' was not feasible on the basis of Suarez' contract running down affecting his value. Your final sentence Ed, must surely apply to every transfer?

{Ed001's Note - depends on how sure you are that you want that player as opposed to seeing a good value deal that might be worth a punt. Suarez was seen as a punt.}

26 Jan 2019 12:34:16
Sure, I take the point, but at this stage of the game, should we really be spending so much energy on a 'punt'. Anyway, fair enough. :) Best, U.

{Ed001's Note - to me I would agree with you, but this is Arsenal we are talking about and they do not work well in the transfer market or on the pitch a lot of the time. Organisation is sadly lacking at every level of the club.}

24 Jan 2019 16:39:21
Hello Eds,
Some London media reports are stating that the deal for Suarez is pretty much off, with Arsenal looking towards a loan move for PSG's Christopher Nkunku instead? Do you know if Arsenal have shown any interest in the player?
Many thanks.

{Ed002's Note - UE knows Nakuru well but any agreement will depend on a MF player arriving in Paris (in hand and probably not far away), what happens with Rabiot (a decision needs to be made now) and a guarantee of playing time in midfield - then it may be possible.}

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24 Jan 2019 18:43:18
All in all sounds promising. Some more highly rated youth in the squad would be nice to see. Thank you Ed.

24 Jan 2019 20:23:46
I think we are genuinely trying to bring players in which whether we succeed or not is far better than the Benzema Higuian Mbappe nonsense of days gone by.
Hopefully things will work out but every target we've chased have been realistic and I'm really pleased about that.

24 Jan 2019 22:06:34
David Orstein has confirmed talks, let's get it done! Although PSG want to extend his contract before allowing the loan so his summer price tag will be higher 🙄.

25 Jan 2019 11:38:28
Would still prefer we found some cash to at least try and get Rabiot in the summer on a free.

25 Jan 2019 01:47:58
Do you rate Nkunku? Looks like he was quite the rising prospect a few years ago but has struggled to get regular first team action.

{Ed002's Note - I am not the guy to rate players - he is miffed as he is played out of position. PSG are not concerned if he goes.}


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