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18 May 2018 11:43:49
So David Ornstein AKA The Ornacle just all but confirmed Arteta's arrival:

Arsenal close to appointing boss, next week likely. Start of continental model: head coach slots into predefined structure, will contribute to recruitment decisions and have veto. Transfer targets were discussed with interviewees, pre-sales budget ~£50m #AFC

We are obviously taking a leaf from the big European clubs book, and we'll have to wait and see how well it will work in England. With regards transfers I really hope this new decentralised system doesn't cause friction like there is at Chelsea. Him having the option to veto players that SM and RS like surely means we'll often find it hard to agree on a player to bring in. That said, I'm interested to see who we go for (praying for some proper defenders) . They've appointed Arteta presumably to uphold the values of attractive attacking football, but I think every Arsenal fan on the planet knows the on field issues which need addressing first. Let's pray our new trio of decision makers bring in the right guys.

Out of interest, given the 50m budget, we're almost certainly going to be selling some players this summer. Who gets the chop? For me Ramsey Bellerin and Mustafi can go. Should raise about 70m.

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17 May 2018 22:23:53
Hello Ed002, there's many reports today saying arsenal are close to agreeing to sign Bernd Leno and Caglar Soyuncu. I know we don't need a manager to sign players because of the new structure so do u have any ideas if this is true because you've previous said there's interest but has anything developed from this recently? Thank you mate!

{Ed002's Note - I am no longer providing any transfer information on the site. Sorry.}

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18 May 2018 11:30:28
I knew my questions will get annoying, sorry ed mate.

{Ed002's Note - It is nothing to do with you DG.}

18 May 2018 17:24:56
Will you ever be doing anymore podcasts Ed. Loved listening to them.

{Ed002's Note - Not right now D16.}

18 May 2018 17:29:25
Hope no one has been an idiot again ed hate it as you know alit they have to spoil it for others.

{Ed002's Note - Nothing to do with you guys Stephen.}

18 May 2018 22:36:10
It’s because even Arsenal don’t know what the hell they're doing?! How can ED hit us with solid information when it’s literally a circus, where the ambition of the fans is way of the boards.

17 May 2018 20:42:56
Usmanov to Everton. any truth?

{Ed025's Note - there was a story in the dutch press today bambam but how true it is im not sure mate...but im all for it.. :)

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17 May 2018 20:57:40
Lol I bet you are


I’m not.

{Ed025's Note - i want david dein as well mate...but you can keep kronke.. :)

16 May 2018 23:37:33
Just a quick question about this 50 million budge that keeps being thrown about by the media. As the past few transfer markets have passed we haven’t really spent a penny and Arsene bought through sales. Does this mean the new man coming will get 50m plus sales or just 50m? No one in their right mind would take that on. could just about afford to buy kos a new achilles.

{Ed033's Note - What, a 50 million budgie? :)

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17 May 2018 11:34:50
It could be the new manager has 50m to spend on players of his choosing and the club will also continue to watch and purchase as according to the new management team. If you think about it the new system at the club and how transfers are now going to be conducted it shouldn’t really make any odds to the new coach anyway.

17 May 2018 13:12:39
If we only spend 50 this summer I will eat both new and old Dags hush puppies.
Why is everyone grabbing hold of every negative headline and running with it like it's it's official club policy, let's give the club the Sven men and the new manager whoever they are a chance to actually mess this new start up for real rather than let the media tell us how bad things are going to be for us.
Most back pages in most papers are about as reliable as the horoscopes in the middle of their scandal sheets.
What's Mystic Meg and Russell Grant reckon? Because they are probably just as reliable as most sports sites.

17 May 2018 13:39:46
Forget the 50mill it's complete bollocks.

19 May 2018 07:31:19
Derby swore 😂.

{Ed025's Note - and i will be sending a letter to his parents..

16 May 2018 22:36:22
In 1996 when Wenger was appointed ( and inherited a good squad) the only manager of real note was Sir Alex ( class 92 ) . In world football there was none better but no others in the prem at that time. Now we have Pep Klopp Moanio Conte Mopo who are all rated on world stage . In my humble opinion we can't take a chance as there are 5 top class managers already here. We can't be cheap but fear we will. Ed002 has stated our options are becoming limited and I believe that but then I believe the eds are florists or trainee chimney sweeps. Give him the budget Allegri for me if not Ancellotti COYG.

{Ed002's Note - Allegri would be a great choice but it is not “budget” per se that is the issue. It is not a “give me 250M euro” issue. But as I said, he would be a great pick.{

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17 May 2018 07:11:29
What I don’t get, Is clearly at points Allergi could have been had. The fans want him, the players would be more than happy to work under him I’m sure, out of all the candidates we’ve been linked with, he’s most likely to steer the ship the right way and attract too talent; so why on Earth are the board not doing everything they can to get him. The board really are just in it for the money.

17 May 2018 00:20:34
Thanks Ed02! Is it our position in world footballl that is not attractive to Allegri or is he just happy 😊 at Juve? Also can I have a quote for a dozen roses and a hearth that needs cleaning in Sussex? COYG.

{Ed002's Note - Coaches want to understand the management structure, their role, what the expectations are, will their style of football fit with the players they have, what changes they will be able to make etc.. They will consider what has happened with coaches in the past - and from that point Arsenal are well placed.}

17 May 2018 13:40:50
No idea why we don't spend big if players are the right age price Stan should look at them as an investment.

A top4 return won't come for free.

17 May 2018 18:24:49
Derby you get the players that are needed, whatever the price. Like you say, the right players pay for themselves and their value goes up if you get the right players.

16 May 2018 19:15:50
Just a quick message saying thank you to Ed002, I've asked him many questions recently and he's answered most of them, Ed on behalf of the arsenal page, a big thank you for all your hard work! Have a good week mate.

{Ed002's Note - Thanks but I am happy to help out a little. Clubs are getting in to the circus with Everton with a Plan A that has an issue to be resolved, WHU now on Plan B and not convincing people, Chelsea still Ona Plan A but by late tonight or tomorrow their ideas may need to change, and Arsenal setting a framework that is not lending itself to the better solutions - and perhaps heading for what I would see as a risky choice. It will be an interesting summer.}

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18 May 2018 09:21:48
Could you perhaps tell if Chelsea have had to change their plan A, or is this also not worth the grief? - Completely understand, if you don't want to!

{Ed002's Note - I am banned from the Chelsea page - the vegetables won out in the end. I am sure one of the other Eds will explain exactly what happened on Wednesday evening.}

18 May 2018 11:45:27
Such a shame really, but I will try to ask the other eds. I'm sure you'll always have a place in many of the hearts on the Chelsea page, regardless of the idiots ruining it for the rest of us. Have a nice weekend!

{Ed002's Note - And you, thanks.}

16 May 2018 20:27:40
Just another bit of fake news to counter the arteta news. Ancelotti has a pre contract with Arsenal, according to one italian news site.

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16 May 2018 20:58:22
It's not Sky italia by any chance is it?

16 May 2018 21:13:14
No it’s the Express.

17 May 2018 01:44:57
More like pizza express.

16 May 2018 19:55:28
Eds please help me out, but are us arsenal fans being arrogant in our assumptions that managers like allegri, nagelsmann and simeone would be chomping at the bit to manage arsenal and compete against gaurdiola and the likes or are we reading too much into the rumours. Thanks.

{Ed025's Note - its a great gig for any manager in the world ben, or should i say would be if they would be backed in the transfer market but the owner seems to be looking for someone to manage on a budget which will rule a lot of the big boys out i believe mate..

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16 May 2018 20:25:08
I'm not sure what the budget is but if it's the 50 million that keeps getting mentioned then It will take a football genius to get us back in contention but given our spending over the last 5 seasons it's difficult to believe we will now suddenly bring up the draw bridge on spending and make ourselves such an unattractive propostion at the very time we need to be showing ourselves in our best light.

16 May 2018 22:40:10
Thanks Ed, so the board are again standing in the way of us competing again. As I said this seems to be the first major decision they've had to make and they are going to mess it up. Can't understand why you would bring in a new chief scout and sporting director the likes of mislintat and Raul and give them a shoe string budget, surely they'll be gone before long like all of our previous assets. I can't wait for wenger to write this book and read about what really went on.

{Ed002's Note - Don’t attribute blame. And set aside thoughts of budget.}

16 May 2018 22:55:00
I would say we are a bit arrogant. Okay i thought maybe allegri was a bit out of our reach, let's face it he is at juventus, a better team with a better chance of winning trophies than us but i for one moment, didn't think we would struggle getting second tier coaches. I thought as soon as we put out feelers, they would come running to us.

That hasn't happened. second tier coaches have rejected us and that only means coaches think that the arsenal job is suicide and that only means there are financial restrictions. The arsenal job is is not as hot as we think it is.

16 May 2018 14:51:00
I can understand there being some 'debate' here about Arteta's imminent appointment, if, indeed that proves to be the case, but the outright dismissal of it seems peculiar. Had there been this forum in 1996 would we have all said the same about the appointment of Wenger? Would Barcelona fans have whinged about the appointment of the untested Guardiola? Zidane had no managerial experience before he took Real Madrid to the verge of three Champions League wins on the bounce.

Arteta isn't necessarily my own choice - I'd go for Jokanovic or Nagelsmann myself if we were going to be "bold" - but to read the comments I have seen here in the last few days, it does seem as if we are damned if we do, damned if we don't and as for the "thank you Wenger Ot guys" comment, it was about as clear as it could be that Arsene had (more than) run his course and it was time for a change.

I'm not sure whether I've read it right, but there seems to be a suggestion here that it could be Arteta with Cazorla? If so, I think it's a fascinating choice. It will either end up as a Wilf McGuinness / Frank O'Farrell appointment or it could be a Pep Guardiola - or maybe even something in between! Who knows?

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16 May 2018 15:00:10
I don't believe the rumors myself, but ill delve in as its the hot topic. i'm not opposed to Arteta at all, I agree completely. He could be a success, he could be a failure. i'm fairly sure he was thought very highly of when passing his badges, apparently being outstanding in the training. We all wanted change, and this is change. With Ivan, Raul and Sven overseeing things, a coach as opposed to a manager sounds pretty decent to me. If after a season or 2 he fails, we search again.

16 May 2018 16:21:55
I just believe that we need someone new. Arteta is not new. He was a part of the problem.

16 May 2018 16:27:04
The main point is that it is a hot topic and the general feeling is that it’s going to be a very unpopular choice and he and the club will be on a hiding to nothing. I think it would be very risky and frankly a stupid choice. You have to remember that it just isn’t an unpopular choice amongst the fans it’s not the first, second or third choice with the board so it needs to be Carlo, Benitez or emery in my opinion. But I honestly cannot see it been Arteta.

16 May 2018 17:13:40
To be honest he's not my choice at all. But if it's him. I will. Get behind him 100 percent and aw all. Should. Worries me that some might moan and protest if it doesn't start well. But if he's so good at coaching then why not take the risk. I belive the guys doing the transfers are taking us in the right direction so this could work. Arsenalex that sound a bit harsh on arteta to say he was part of the problem before. You seem to think he was more than just a player doing what his manager said.

16 May 2018 17:18:51
Not one arsenal fan, desired arteta when the chance of a new manager arose. It doesn't matter at the initial stage of his (if true) appointment if he is going to be a success or not. Its what would be behind it and the reason that will upset many people. Anyone appointed wouldn't please everone but arteta would please less. Not the start this new beggining needs and it would start with a massive handicap, faith or lack of.

16 May 2018 18:03:14
This is totally different to Wenger arrival and also totally different era the competition is a lot tougher. Both Zidane and pep managed the b teams before hand.

They also had Messi and Ronaldo to soften the blow.

16 May 2018 18:31:55
Agree Derby, no comparison, wenger at least had been a manager in football.

{Ed0333's Note - Arteta smacks of mediocrity at best and failure at worst. If you guys were gonna go young and bold who better than Naggelsman? He just got Hoffenheim Champions League football in his second season and taking them to the CL qualifiers in his first season. Has worked under Tuchel and speaks English. For me he is the epitome of young and bold. If indeed you do get Arteta is it an appointment for Art for arts sake?

16 May 2018 19:11:05
Ed, agree but there is a fine line between bold and stupid.

{Ed0333's Note - looks like you already have stupid and bold wrapped up mate.

16 May 2018 19:43:21
If he was to get the job it's totally irrelevant whether Artetta is popular or not with yhe fans right now it's how we feel about him or whoever gets the job next May that matters.
Allgeri or Simeone would bring no guarantee of success and Artetta holds no guarantee of failure.
No matter who gets the job and no matter how much people like or dislike the chioce the club makes it would be crazy to not even be prepared to give them a chance to prove the board right and the doubters wrong.

16 May 2018 20:11:40
Gunner, this is the real world and a big thing called patience, which we all have. The problem and it is a massive problem, arteta would have less time and chances than someone who had a record. This club needs a big rebound and if he deliver from the B of the bang, he will be ok. The problem arises when we hit a sticky patch andxthat patience is thin. Wenger came in and made an instant impact otherwise, he would have been the next bruce rioch. Arteta would not get any time and that is not what this club needs, instability.

17 May 2018 10:03:19
But Steve whoever the board appoints once it's done it's done and we as fans have two choices, give them a chance or give them constant stick simply because they were not who we wanted them to be.
It will be who it will be we can't chose that but what we can chose is to give them the benefit of the doubt until they prove themselves to be either brilliant or useless.

17 May 2018 11:59:15
Ed0333, glad to see you are still part of the nagelsmann cult :-)

He would be a perfect coach. His training is extra ordinary and his tactics are out of this world. He mixes up everything. Sometimes too direct which is very different from the usual advocates of possession based, positional play which involves meticulous build up. But heard he rejected arsenal or are those reports untrue ED?

{Ed0333's Note - I have no idea if he rejected Arsenal, that doesn’t sound plausible to me. I mean if you were a young, hungry and ambitious manager and Arsenal came knocking it’s a no brainer

17 May 2018 23:20:09
Ed i think you might be over-rating the arsenal job a bit.

It is a squad riddled with average players and one that needs serious investment and it seems the board does not want to invest in the team.

No matter how good a coach is, he needs talented players to work with so i am afraid it would take a miracle to transform arsenal into serial winners, a fact every sensible coach is aware of. I think they are all running away because they are afraid their reputation will be hurt which is very likely at a club like arsenal which doesn't want to invest into new players.

I believe he might have rejected arsenal because i heard it from a guy on twitter who is an AST member and he is very reliable when it comes to Arsenal rumours. He said arsenal's inquiry into nagelsmann went nowhere. It was instantly knocked back. That sounds like rejection to me.

{Ed0333's Note - im not privy to any Arsenal approach for Nag Ed’s 002 is your guy for that but I think you may be underestimating the Arsenal job its definitely an attractive one. Brand new shiny stadium, loyal fan base, based in London, a decent transfer budget and a fat salary to boot how many coaches would turn that down?

17 May 2018 23:48:45
Ed is a shame we are not going to get any well known decent coach. IMO the coach who was tailor made for arsenal despite his personal issues was tuchel but he went to PSG. Nagelsmann would have made a great substitute despite his young age.

Ed do you think Arteta would become a great manager? I know he will definately implement possession based positional play like guardiola but will he be good as good as guardiola?

People talk about guardiola being just a disciple of cryuff but they also seem to forget that pep was very analytical. For example the decision to move messi from the wing to a false number 9;guardiola was asked about that and i remember him saying he did that because the damage messi could do on the wing is limited because his movement is limited to 180 degrees but in the middle he can a full 360 degrees. If you think about it, it is genius. Guardiola's awareness of space is simply on another level. Can arteta be as good as his mentor? what do you think Ed?

{Ed0333's Note - I think you need a few days off Punani. Forget about Arsenal, Nagelsmann, Arteta, and Pep for a while. Make love to someone or something (there’s blow up dolls that offer the girlfriend experience) eat some pistachio ice cream, instead of clicking everything on the Tinternet Arsenal related read some Jean Paul Sartre, take a long warm bath listening to ambient sleep music, think of anything but football. Maybe watch a Bollywood film or three and divert your attention from all things Arsenal because you will start frothing at the mouth and give yourself an involuntary twitch if you carry on the way your doing. I’m genuinely worried about you mate....This is a legit intervention

18 May 2018 12:41:49
ED thanks for the concern, much appreciated. I am perfectly fine though. I am not in a tough place or anything, it is just that i love talking about The game especially the tactical side of it but i appreciate your thought. You are a top man.

{Ed0333's Note - Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rogers drove me to the depths of despair when they managed Liverpool and I knew the myriad of emotions they put me through, I was like a cat on a hot tin roof. Couldn’t wait for them to get sacked, especially Hodgson, in fact there was a time that I stopped watching liverpool games because of that man. Football managers are like women in a nightclub you very rarely get the one you want the Instagram glamour model but invariably you manage to pul some lookers. Unless your spurs of course who only get decent managers once in a lifetime.

16 May 2018 10:43:38
Local news in Sevilla are now liking us with CB Clement Lenglet, who is also liked by Barcelona (but he has rejected them before because he wants guaranteed first option playing time) . Eds any idea if this is true?

{Ed002's Note - As a special treat, he is Plan B for Barcelona but they are getting nowhere with their Plan A and are pushing for a deal with CL. Arsenal are not in the picture at all as far as I am aware, but that can change with a new coach.}

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16 May 2018 12:59:28
Ed can I ask, everyone is certain that Arteta is joining but behind closed doors is that actually true or is he still amongst a list which arsenal don’t know what to do yet?

{Ed002's Note - As I explained others have dropped off the list for one reason or another. CA would possibly still be an option but if the club refuse to make commitments or agree a sensible stance, the list will dwindle until tier 2 is the only option.}

16 May 2018 18:29:44
But those 2 are the only options? Vieira isn’t viable?


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