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29 Jul 2018 15:16:10
Hi Ed,
Sorry, I have asked this before but time is winding down. What’s the word on Ramsey? We know he’s in demand; will we chance it, give him the armband and hope he stays happy? Is the alternative we had lined up still available, and who might that be?

{Ed002's Note - Is this the "word on the street"? In which case I don't know; but the kids stood smoking their reefer on street corners in north London would be the ones to ask. Else, his agent has been discussing what they can do in terms of a new contract.}

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29 Jul 2018 15:47:15
Thanks Ed. That’s good news. Not that kids are smoking reefer; where are the parents.

{Ed002's Note - In all probability one is in prison and the other on the game (but not reporting on it).}

29 Jul 2018 18:47:20
And it’s probably the mother in prison and the father on the game lol.

30 Jul 2018 06:37:24
Give him armband? I still don’t understand that hype around Ramsey. I would be happy to see him go. Same as I was happy to see Wilshere go. Years and years of hope. He is so overrated, I remember one good season from him.

30 Jul 2018 09:31:31
I'm with you Slovak mate, give him the armband, What like Mertesacker got the arm band for the shining example he set? Look how that worked for us.
I'd really rather Aaron left now because in his younger days when everyone was against him I thought he was much better than people gave him credit for but now we've gone fill circle where he is well over rated by many fans and himself to of course.

30 Jul 2018 10:02:42
For me Ramsey is a decent player in fact he is a good player when played where ozil plays. He’s just not as good there as ozil. I think he works harder than people give him credit for, my only real criticism is that he lacks possitional awareness at times and is often found out. I agree unless we can get him to sign an improved deal then we have to let him go. We can’t be in the same situation as before when the mood round the club seems buoyant at the moment.

30 Jul 2018 12:58:50
I agree a positive committed atmosphere is vital to success and absolutely anyone who detracts from that is always going to lesson your chances of success.

31 Jul 2018 02:25:22
IMO Aaron is best played behind Ozil. His best season with us was when he had defensive support from Arteta and played a box-to-box role, ghosting into the 18 with all the attention on Ozil and firing home goal after goal.

Problem is that as mentioned his positional awareness has left us vulnerable. I'd be interested to see how we look with a Torreira/ Ramsey deeper midfield behind Ozil.

28 Jul 2018 20:39:19
Hello ed, could arsenal be interested in Pulisic? I saw on the other pages that u said he has a very good option somewhere and with us needing a winger and with Sven Mislintat Dortmund connection, is it possible?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

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29 Jul 2018 19:24:11
Thanks ed.

{Ed002's Note - I would say that I can now strike all of the RWs Arsenal had shown interest in off the list - so if they do want one they need to look elsewhere.}

29 Jul 2018 22:32:59
Thanks Ed, I’m hoping for Dembele but I won’t hold my breathe. Do u know if we are actively still looking to add a rw though?

{Ed002's Note - The club has certainly been considering wingers. Nowadays many have become very versatile and can play on either wing - Salah, Hazard, Bale etc. - but there is always a preferred position. On the left the club are in much better shape. I would not put aside any thoughts about nothing happening. As for Dembele, he was offered to another side but whilst the value that Barcelona put on him was less than they paid, it was still well beyond what the other side valued him at.}

29 Jul 2018 23:03:19
Is a loan possible ed or is their no way arsenal will look to Dembele?

{Ed002's Note - I cannot rule anything out completely Dags. It would be a significant investment. Barcelona would likely not now look to a loan but will look for a sale if he is to leave - and he will want to know where he stands.}

29 Jul 2018 23:32:32
Thank you ed, I hope we sign at least one more player.

{Ed002's Note - I would think so.}

03 Aug 2018 16:12:14
I didn’t follow la liga last season but why would they already be looking to get rid of Dembele? Did he not perform as well as hoped/ expected?

26 Jul 2018 10:31:57
Hi i'm a long time lurker but first time poster.
I got exited when Ed002 said that Dembele is avalible from Barcelona.
Would love to have him at Arsenal, have arsenal Made any approach or is it just intrest?

Thanks in advance and I appolegise.

{Ed002's Note - There has been no approach and Arsenal know how expensive he would be. There is also much better value in the market and wages would need to come off the books. So unless Arsenal could get a really good deal it would be unlikely.}

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27 Jul 2018 02:24:31
Dembele must be one of the most overrated and overpriced players on the planet. He's good but incredibly raw. A French Demarai Gray.

Here come the downvotes.

27 Jul 2018 02:40:20
Ed As you said in an earlier response, Dembele would cost a bomb. The only logically slim chance arsenal have getting him is on loan. Plus with Welbeck Perez and Ozil still on the books. We couldn’t promise him starting 11. Loan would be ideal for Arsenal. Do you think Barcelona be open to a loan?

27 Jul 2018 17:50:16
What is it 12 days to go before we will know who what where when then the good stuff really starts.
Dick will do what he's going to do between now and then and whatever he does its results that really matter not who he gets them with.

28 Jul 2018 09:53:18
I hope dick comes out swinging, and hopefully doesn’t fire blanks.

25 Jul 2018 10:33:35
And the winger merry-go-round begins, Barcelona sign malcom, real madrid will flex their muscle sparking a domino affect which arsenal are, I believe all ready laying the foundations for enquiring about availability of certain players, dembele, martins and coman I am surprised there hasn't been much talk about Zaha though. If we sell welbeck, Jenkins on and with Walcott already gone our British quota will be a lot lower and I think europa rules regarding home grown players are more rigid than pl ones maybe one of the Eds can shed a bit more light on that though. Another question for Eds with brexit round the corner is this going to be the last chance to sign forgein players especially young ones without much hassle regarding work permits?

{Ed002's Note - I would not hold your breath over the likes of Coman and Gelson Martins. There is no decision at this time about how Brexit will eventually impact sports but at some point WPs will be required for all non British nationals. It is no big deal.

The rules differ slightly and may be adopted or adapted by the EPL at some point. The EPL rules are a max of 25 players over 21 of which a max of 17 can be non-Home Grown). The remaining eight have to be HG (spending 3 years between 16 and 21 with an English or Welsh side, regardless of nationality). If there are not enough HG players, then the squad size reduces, so if there are only six, the squad reduces to 23. In terms of UEFA competitions, the rules vary slightly with the eight "HG". A maximum of four of those eight can be trained by other clubs in the English and Welsh association. The remaining have to be club trained. So If Arsenal were to recruit John Terry, he would fall in to the category of being association trained (by Chelsea) rather than club trained. Again, if there are not sufficient club trained players the squad size is reduced.}

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25 Jul 2018 11:10:24
Thanks Ed, I know you done a podcast but what wingers could arsenal actually get? It seems like there’s no standout players we could potentially get?

{Ed002's Note - I have told you where there is or has been interest. I really can't say who the club can "actually get". Andrija Zivkovic, Goncalo Guedes, Emil Forsberg etc. all remain potentially available whi;st others are not any longer.}

25 Jul 2018 11:31:05
Thanks Ed, Maybe I should ask on the Barcelona page but is Dembele going to be leaving with the arrival of Malcom?

{Ed002's Note - It is unrelated to Malcom but he is available.}

25 Jul 2018 11:58:37
Thank u Ed, I’m surprised no one calls u eddy.

25 Jul 2018 14:01:35
looks like Gelson Martins has signed for Atletico, and Malcom to Barca, with Roma interested in Bailey. so that's 3 we can potentially strike off the list.

25 Jul 2018 17:16:13
Id like Zahawouod love Bailey at the club thoough.

25 Jul 2018 22:37:22
Thanks ed.

23 Jul 2018 12:32:29
Will be interesting to see how Lucas Perez gets on in the pre season tour. Was kind of discarded by Wenger and not given a real chance. Emery with a clean slate has given him another chance, could he be the answer as a wide player for us?

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23 Jul 2018 15:03:10
perez was a really wierd one! why did he buy him then not give him a chance?

23 Jul 2018 15:41:58
Eden, kalasinac, gabriel could be added to that list, along with others. Ultimately i don't think perez will cut the mustard but it does beg the question why did we buy these players?

23 Jul 2018 15:51:48
yes! those 2 were also odd! yet some other players imo got too much of a chance, there was some very odd decisions the last couple years.

23 Jul 2018 16:59:27
Think wenger said he signed perez because he was unsure how long welbeck would have been out for, so once he came back perez lost his chances to play and instead of using him as competition he was simply sent out on loan.

23 Jul 2018 17:24:49
Perez was a strange signing yes at the time but you have to a least give him a chnace to prove his worth which Wenger never did loaning him straight away. Kolasinac I though did well when he first coem into the team so to me is stil worth squad member he is better going forward than Monreal but not as good defensivly so a good option in a 3-5-2. Players like Jenkinson, Campbell, Iwobi and Wellbeck are the ones we need to dispose of first as they are clearly proved not good enough long term.

23 Jul 2018 20:57:39
Perez in my opinion was a silencer for the fans and it worked too, despite knowing nothing about him people went Perez crazy predicting all kinds of things despite never having seen him play.
On the field the signing made no sense because he never got a chance but as a PR exercise it worked brilliantly.

23 Jul 2018 21:59:51
What's really good this preseason is no one has gone new signing crazy especially over players they have no idea about, I think things have become much more realistic since Arsene left, I'm not sure why that is because I don't think Arsene particularly talked new signings up in arrival or over predicted great things from them but there does seem a lot more calm reality from fans this summer than in previous years.

24 Jul 2018 12:29:37
I like Perez for his intensity. Hard worker. I would say he is an improved Walcott. Maybe not a starter, but a decent squad player. Falls out of games some times.

23 Jul 2018 07:22:07
Eds, any truth in the Gazidis going to Milan rumour? and if so who could replace him and what implications might his departure have on the club?

{Ed002's Note - Milan is currently in the hands of Vulture Capitalists whict a number of matters are addressed. They need a new Chief Evecutive to replace Fassone who went a few days ago. Gazidis is one who might do a very good job there. He will be attractive given Paul Singer knows IG, he worked with the MLS for a long time and critically has successful experience in Europe. Against it would be whether or not he has decided that he has done everything necessary at Arsenal and that it will likely only be a two year deal. Even if he feels he has Arsenal in a good position, he may want to stay at the helm for a while, or perhaps he will want a new short-term challenge?}

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23 Jul 2018 10:57:21
Very interesting insight there as usual Ed002!
Got a chance to go through the sharkpod, must say it's amazing. Always love the astute info. The papa song was on point! Cheers mate!

23 Jul 2018 13:40:47
I would have loved the gazidis of 2 or 3 years ago to have gone but in the last year or two he seems to have turned a corner and is making more of an effort with the fans.
However maybe we need a more ambitious chief exec. The competition is far more than 4 or 5 years ago. let's face it player and squad wise we are where we deserve to be. At least 4 teams and maybe 5 are better in the premier league.

23 Jul 2018 13:54:06
Goo riddance I say. I hate this celebrity culture that now surrounds chief execs. And he particularly loves the limelight. They’re there to look after the business side of things that’s it. Any high level business administrator could do the job.

24 Jul 2018 00:02:17
A lot of us seem to slag him off but is he really doing a bad job? Many of us myself included don't really know what he does at the club. Could be a lot.

My question to Ed is how do you think he has done at arsenal. Is he the man who has taken us into this new era if you would call it that. Such as getting sven and the other guy from Barcelona his name escapes me and more building a team to guide the team opposed to a manager doing a majority of the work like arsene was. I might be well of the mark but it's not something really discussed in the media so I've no idea.

24 Jul 2018 10:24:11
I think as Arsene became weaker and his grip on power at the club became less powerful others have sensed their opportunity to have a real input stepped up to the challenge of turning the club around.
With Arsene directing everything we were going nowhere but backwards and I think with a chance to reflect even Arsene himself would wish he'd been more prepared to listen to and let others have an input now.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing and most of us only really become really wise after the event.

22 Jul 2018 18:29:27
Just searched Arsenal rumours and we are either about to give Iwobi a new contract or Lazio are looking to sign him.
Difficult to either is true.
Poor old Danny Welbeck seems the only player who we aren't prepared to offer a new deal, Iwobi Xhaka Chambers have all struggled and performed below Danny's level for us yet get new deals while Danny who is hardly a world beater but has done much better than the other 3 seems no longer required.

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22 Jul 2018 23:01:59
Chambers? I thought he did well the end of the season.

23 Jul 2018 07:01:01
I hope the lazio rumours are true. how he kept getting in the team was one of last season's great mysteries!

23 Jul 2018 09:38:34
Excited about the Iwobi deal, gives us a player that doesn't stink of Wenger too much but has the morals of the club, ticks a couple of boxes there! He's been on and off but can develop into a zaha kind of a player. If not the actual potential but the kind of things he does on the pitch, stay wide AND cut inside-Emery loves, can cross and press, I think that is what Emery would want/ can get out of him. Looking forward to watching the BIG17 grow under UE. What do you guys think?

23 Jul 2018 11:55:02
Total waste of space, needs to be shipped out, i'm sure we have a younger player with more talent waiting to come through.

23 Jul 2018 16:20:32
If Iwobi Stays then i am not happy with Emery one bit he is by far the worst Arsenal winger I’ve seen in a long time.

23 Jul 2018 23:26:26
Although it was against a beach ball and flip flop wearing Burnley playing deeper Iwobi actually looked better than awful, if he was to have any future at Arsenal it's not out on the wing where the linesman is more involved then Iwobi 99 games out of 98.

24 Jul 2018 00:04:30
To be fair iwobi looked a decent player at first but stagnated like many. I think we really should give the lad another season or maybe a loan. Always seemed like there's potential there for me. Funny tho a lot of other fans at my work think he looks a decent player.

21 Jul 2018 19:54:46
Intriguing reports that we are in negotiations to sign Yann Sommer, the Swiss national keeper, a player I quite like, despite him being another relatively small keeper at 6ft tall. I would imagine that Ospina is being sold as has been reported and perhaps rumours of Cech returning to Chelsea are true.
Neither Cech nor Ospina impressed me last season, perhaps the new goalkeeping coach and Emery are of the same opinion.

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21 Jul 2018 20:38:31
Any Ed002 do you know anything about the Yann Sommer rumours?

{Ed002's Note - I would need to ask.}

21 Jul 2018 21:48:09
Thanks Ed.

25 Jul 2018 12:07:49
Based on the WC (particularly the game vs Sweden) I wouldn’t be overly excited about Sommer.

21 Jul 2018 05:52:18
. Kingsley Coman to Arsenal Confirmed. Coman from his verified account has liked a comment by a fan asking him to join Arsenal.

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21 Jul 2018 09:04:31
Comfirmed by who?
Twotter or fake face ;-)

21 Jul 2018 19:27:18
It's 2018, so Instagram.

21 Jul 2018 19:56:41
Sorry Wesley I'm still trying to find out where my teletext has gone mate
But no mattr if it is social media sky or daily tabloid it's all the same to me mate, almost certainly nonsense.

22 Jul 2018 00:57:51
With Ribery and Robben on their last legs, no way Bayern sells Coman. You need more than a liked tweet to push that.

19 Jul 2018 23:32:10
Anyone see the size of Cech? he'll scare a few forwards if he rushes out, makes Leno look a little lightweight.

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20 Jul 2018 07:48:59
" nobody brings a man the size of that without trying to say something without talking "

20 Jul 2018 11:14:47
I have a feeling Emery and his backroom staff are in the process of changing over from the old methods used for way too long, to increasing the fitness and strength of the squad, I can't wait for the new season, although we have to be extremely patient whilst Emery imposes his methods upon the players and brings in new players to improve the squad.
This window we have made 5 signings and listening to Emery it seems that we may make one more singing, depending upon the outcome of the Ramsey negotiations. I presume we will sell/ release and loan out 6 or so players.
Emery will be able to assess the squad up till December to see which areas need improving. With a particular eye being kept on Mustafi and Monreal, who in my opinion could easily be upgraded.

20 Jul 2018 22:58:19
Cech didn’t put that on through Emery training - he’s built up over the break. Can’t credit Emery with everything.

21 Jul 2018 09:07:46
And why not SY?
Dicks first summer in England and it's the best summer Britain has had in over 40 years! Coincidence?
I think not mate.

21 Jul 2018 15:27:42
Surely they could afford to get him a bigger top! He must of had a nightmare trying to get out of that top! 😂 Like at school having a growth spurt and still having to fit into your old clothes, classic ancle bashing trousers! I'm going to have to watch snatch now g62!

21 Jul 2018 18:02:00
Me too Eden :-)
" don't worry about Tyrone, he can move when has to " :-)

21 Jul 2018 18:37:50
"D'ya like dags? " they both seem nice to me.

21 Jul 2018 19:35:19
" sure I like Dags "

" open him up "
"What do you mean, open him up!

It's not a tin of beans "

" do you know who I am?
" apart from a man who feeds people to pigs, no! "

21 Jul 2018 20:18:46
"I thought you said he was a getaway driver. What can he get away from? "

21 Jul 2018 21:02:17
" it was at a funny angle "

" it's not the same caravan "
" it's not the figun fight "

{Ed001's Note - course you are Tyrone.}

21 Jul 2018 21:31:50
"it was behind you! when you reverse, things come from behind! "

"don't let that dog slobber on my seats! "
"your seats tyrone? its a stolen car! "

21 Jul 2018 22:07:46
" all bets are off "
" I'm not buying that "
" well that's handy cus I ain't selling it "

" he's not Jewish he just tells people he's Jewish, he even tells his family thier Jewish! He thinks it good for business "
And in the diamond business, it is good for business "

Welcome aboard Ed001 mate:-)

{Ed001's Note - one of the best films ever made. Have you seen the Brick Vader video on the movies site?}

22 Jul 2018 08:21:18
No mate i haven't seen it but I will check it out.
Yeah snatch is a absolutely brilliant film, I read somewhere that Brad Pitt was supposed to only do a couple of scenes and be in set for just a couple of days but he enjoyed the atmosphere so much he stayed a month and Guy Richie had to right extra scenes for him, a very very good decision :-)

" we've lost gorgeous George Harry "
" how'd you manage that, he's hardly inconspicuous is he "

{Ed001's Note - Pitt actually begged to be in it because he loved Lock, Stock so much. Supposedly he did the film for free.}

22 Jul 2018 08:52:49
He played the part brilliantly too, it's hard to imagine how anyone else could have done it as well.
And if he he did it for free that makes it all the more impressive.

Someone putting fun and happiness before money? Wow that's brilliant and a trend the world could do with a lot more of that's for sure.

{Ed001's Note - it is not like he couldn't afford to do it mind. And obviously he is a good bloke, with him being a Liverpool fan....}

22 Jul 2018 10:11:53
Very true Ed :-)
Mind you he seems to have a good handle on the real value of money which of course is freedom to chose what you do rather than do what you have to in order to provide for those you love.
Many famous people lose sight of the real value of money and will drag their families around the world in pursuit of a few dollars more despite having more money than they could ever need in 5 life times already.
If you already have multiple millions in the bank you have the luxury of making what films you want rather than those which pay the most and the same with footballers why not play for the club you love for 100k a week rather than another club that means nothing to you for 200k a week?
The whole point of financial freedom is to use that that freedom to be as happy as possible and enjoy life as much as possible surely?

{Ed001's Note - I totally agree with you mate. Shame more don't.}

22 Jul 2018 10:14:18
"What are you doing here? "
"taking the dog for a walk"
"what's in the car?
"seats and a steering wheel"

"I'll bet you for it, if I win you buy me a caravan and the boys get a pair of them shoes! If you win. Ahh! I'll do the fight for free! "
"it was us that wanted a caravan mikey! "

22 Jul 2018 11:52:43
" if you just take the caravan back we will say no more about it "
" Why would I want that caravan? it's got no wheels "

" how long will those sausages be "
" 4 minutes Turkish "
" it was 4 minutes 4 minutes ago "

" what's that Vincent?
" it's a gun Sol "
" that's not a gun that's an anti aircraft missile "

{Ed001's Note - the fact you can come up with so many quotes from it really does tell a story about how good a film it was.}

22 Jul 2018 12:14:18
Could probably go on for days! 😂 Maybe time to stop

"are you saying I can't shoot? "
"no, I know you can't shoot. I'm saying that thing would do more damage if you fed it to him! "

Such a good cast too for a relatively low budget film the making of Stephen Graham and Jason statham no doubt.

22 Jul 2018 13:48:46
Fair shout Eden it probably is time to stop with snatch now mate.
You old enough to remember the long good friday:-) ?

" I've heard of sleeping partners but you pair are in a frigging coma " :-)

" I've sorted getting the body picked up without drawing attention Harold, thier going to pick it up in an ice cream van "
"Oh there's a lot of dignity in that ain't there, going out like a raspb ripple "

22 Jul 2018 14:18:57
im not! but i've looked it up and i will try and watch it over the next few days :)

22 Jul 2018 14:24:30
my first job i worked with this guy, who wasnt a hipster, he was like mid 40s, don't think you really get hipsters that age, but hipsterish, if something was popular he hated it, hated guy richie and quentin tarentino, not even sure he gave them a chance, just people like them? i don't like them! there's normally a good reason things are popular, they're bloody good!

22 Jul 2018 16:11:52
Absolutely mate, films like the Long good friday amd Mcvicar are probably really dated now but were classic British films back in the late 70s with brilliant scripts that included loads fantastic lines like

" Move and I'll blow your frigging head off "
" well in that case I won't be moving then will I "

22 Jul 2018 18:03:52
Your spot on there Ed001 mate, the fact we can all remember so much of it without watching for a few years now has to speak volumes about just how good it was.

{Ed001's Note - classic films stick in your head.}


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