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11 Aug 2018 11:38:06
Ed02 do you know if arsenal tried to sign Hamza mendyl? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - No I am not aware of any offer being made for Hamza Mendyl and there is no way at all he could move to England and get a Work Permit at this time.}

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09 Aug 2018 19:38:16
Just wondering now with the window closing what the people think about it closing on an earlier day. I personally like the idea but would've been better if all of Europe did the same day. Wasn't it to stop English clubs unsettling English club players if so maybe they should've stopped today but allowed purchasing from foreign clubs until the 31st. Just an idea really lol.

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09 Aug 2018 20:53:27
yeah there needs to be a universal football window accross all leagues to make it fair I Guess that would mean them all starting their leagues at the same times approx. which could prove tricky to implement. It is good in a way that it is before the start of season as more business is done earlier which is good for pre season prep but now European clubs have the advantage and can still unsettle the english club players for another couple of weeks.

09 Aug 2018 21:43:13
Im not sure we will have too many foreign clubs sniffing round our top players, unsettling them in the next two weeks. Not sure that applies to utd, chelski, liverpool and spuds.

09 Aug 2018 22:01:05
Obviously colder countries have seasons that run from spring to October so it's pretty impossible to sinc all leagues and windows.
English clubs don't have to sell to other countries just because their window is still open.

10 Aug 2018 01:16:54
Presumably the FA is leading by example by instituting this now. I like the change, it forces clubs to be decisive and will hopefully reduce inflated panic buys. If it works well perhaps we'll see other countries' FAs follow suit, or even a UEFA-wide move.

{Ed002's Note - It is nothing to do with the FA.}

10 Aug 2018 03:57:29
It makes complete sense to close the window before the season starts, but this should have been done in unison, as far as possible, with the other leagues abroad. Now clubs have to withstand the possibility of players being unsettled and possibly moving until the windows abroad close. The overseas clubs abroad are in a stronger position to force through lower priced purchases from the PL. For instance, clubs know that we want tio sell Ospina or face the prospect of having to pay his wages for the remainder of his contract, whilst he has littel chance of playing and hence he has little or no value. The same goes for Ramsey and Welbeck who have entered the final year of their deals and their value will have plummeted. I was extremely surprised that nobody came in for Welbeck, although wages may be a stumbling block.

{Ed001's Note - it only makes sense for big clubs. For little clubs they now have to run with an even bigger squad than ever, costing more money than they can afford, as they can't bring any players in to cover injuries later. It also makes sense for agents, as a shorter transfer period increases prices. It certainly makes no sense for anyone in youth football as youngsters have even less chance of breaking through. Every team has to buy a complete squad, rather than just having a team and giving a youngster a chance when there is an injury and only buying if you need to. Teams used to run with much smaller squads because they were able to buy up until March, so you could cover injuries with kids, if they didn't work out you then went and bought. Now teams have the full 25 in their squad, lessening the gaps available for youth players to get their chance. Nothing about a shorter window makes sense at all to anyone apart from people who stand to make money from it. It is to the detriment of the game as a whole.}

10 Aug 2018 06:37:29
I saw an interview with an agent who said that the all windows will be in line next season, but for some reason we opted to start this season?

10 Aug 2018 07:19:33
Hi Ed, I made a comment which you have kindly posted on the banter section. This was a suggestion that the window is open far longer, say from the end of the season until 31st December, allowing far more flexibility for clubs to change their squads, as you stated, try youngsters first and possibly buy if that doesn't work out. This would limit the last minute inflated prices syndrome and negate the problem of coping with players on short contracts, leaving more time to sort out the negotiations.

{Ed001's Note - I think it worked better when it was open until March. There were no issues until the window system came in, yet the clubs keep trying to make the window shorter to fix problems that they created by putting the window in place! Madness.}

10 Aug 2018 07:30:28
True Ed, it is interesting that club's thought the entire year can change ownership, manager, coaches, contracts etc. Yet for some unknown reason decide that we need two relatively small windows in order to sign players.

{Ed001's Note - it makes no sense. Clubs that used to rely on academies, such as Crewe, have slid down the leagues since it came in precisely because they can no longer afford to hang onto the kids until towards the end of the season. So the big clubs benefit, as they can just stockpile good players, while small clubs suffer as they are left with the dregs to pick over.}

10 Aug 2018 08:29:39
wasn't it voted on by the english clubs? get the business done quick, pretty simple. but then you lose all the magic of Jim "deadline day" whatever his name is, and who could forget the pink dildo.

10 Aug 2018 14:48:15
Never thought of that Ed001, interesting perspective. Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Just to explain that the vote by the Premier League sides resulted in a 15-5 split giving more than the 70% (14) required to pass the motion - I would think if you did it again today you would not get the 14 votes required.}

09 Aug 2018 14:12:43
Sorry ed, I'm only asking because tethered been an outbreak of reports right now, and hopefully is the last time I ask this, but has arsenal put in a bid for Dembele? It's all over the news that's why mate.

{Ed002's Note - See previous answers - search for what I last said about Dembele and it will all be clear.}

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09 Aug 2018 14:25:43
Thanks Ed I just checked now and u said it’s unlikely so I’ll take it as a no. I was getting so excited about it!

08 Aug 2018 09:53:03
Are we honestly entering the season with these centre backs? The lad Soyuncu is going to Leicester for £20m. Our 3 available centre halves haven’t got a turn of pace between them we’ve got zero chance of top 4 with this defence.

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09 Aug 2018 12:39:05
I'm really suprised we've not. Signed a young cb diallo, issa Diop, soyuncu, were all available and are good promising players even a move for Pavard or monolas would. Of. Been ideal. This. Is probably koscielny last season along with Monreal both getting on a bit and should. Of. Been replaced. This season even mustafi is. Hot. And cold and. Could. Of. Done with replacing let's see what happens.

08 Aug 2018 23:01:38
Ed, any chance of a quick run down of likely ins / outs at Arsenal tomorrow?
Really hoping for a few signings.


{Ed002's Note - The list remains the same aside from those previously left: Ospina, Elneny, Welbeck and Jenkinson seem the most likely. Vida might be an option as Besiktas want the money and they would like Ospina as has been explained.}

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09 Aug 2018 08:55:03
What about off loading Ramsey?

{Ed002's Note - If you want, but I would not expect it.}

09 Aug 2018 09:24:10
Vida might b an option how can we enter the season so light weight at the back it’s been our weakest area for years, the attack looks as good as it’s been for years. Mina going Everton Soyuncu Leicester how can’t we match there offer? Am I the only one who thinks this?

09 Aug 2018 09:50:27
I haven't heard of interest in Elneny Ed's. Where might he go?

{Ed002's Note - OPtions will be looked at over the coming weeks.}

07 Aug 2018 18:06:39
Hi Eds, I'm hearing rumours that Arsenal are offering Barcelona £8.9m to loan Dembele

I know you've said Barcelona are hesitant to loan and want a sale, but is this at all plausible as their next best alternative perhaps?

{Ed002's Note - It is thought unlikely that Dembele will move this week.}

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08 Aug 2018 12:55:01
Ed do u still expect another signing?

{Ed002's Note - Not if they don’t sell first.}

08 Aug 2018 13:40:34
The most sellable seem to be Danny and Ramsey, obviously Mustafi but only if a replacement was lined up.
Can't who else we'd be prepared to part with who has any real resale value.
Might get 30 for Aaron 15 for Danny and 20 for Mustafi.

08 Aug 2018 13:09:23
Arsenal annoy me, can I ask what names could still be in the frame ed?

{Ed002's Note - If Arsenal were open to a deal involving David Ospina a potential deal (or mistake) involving Vida is viable.}

08 Aug 2018 16:18:37
Thanks Ed, but you see no winger coming in then if that’s correct?

{Ed002's Note - See previous answer.}

09 Aug 2018 07:00:00
Interesting Ed002 that you would consider Vida a possible mistake. He looked solid during the World Cup and alongside Sokratis would form an experienced formidable CB partnership, With Torreira ahead of them offering much needed protection and I would have liked Nzonzi alongside side him.

{Ed002's Note - Clubs should not buy players because of a WC performance, particularly those the club has shown no previous interest in.}

08 Aug 2018 09:55:52
Is vida not a good player? Must be honest I don't know too much about him be interesting to hear what you think.

07 Aug 2018 23:53:35
If story true, so glad cazorla been given contract at villareal. Deserves it. Top man and player👍.

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08 Aug 2018 04:26:16
Love Santi. Hope he can stay fit, one of the most gifted midfielders I've ever had the pleasure of watching.

07 Aug 2018 19:54:30
Kroenke better get his cash out before Thursday because i am not happy he’s getting the club, should have been him that went before Wenger. RIP ARSENAL.

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07 Aug 2018 20:45:22
Funny, a lot of people think like that. let's hope we are all wrong because i fear for us. We have only gone downwards since he took us over. Where will we go when he has full unequivocal control.

07 Aug 2018 22:19:18
Why does it have to be downward and not upwards?
Why is it not possible that the Stan and Dick double act to prove to be yet another turning point that sees Arsenal re-emerge as contenders.
You've got two choices boys, spend all next season looking for all possible reasons to support your doom and gloom predictions or be open to the fact that you could possibly be wrong and all might just turn out ok.

07 Aug 2018 23:01:20
Gunner, i think Emery will be pissing in the wind but i'm hopeful he can improve us. The kronk situation is far from ideal, i'm going on his record and KSE lack of real success. I never wanted him in the beginning but now he has assumed full unchallenged control, it does not make me think automatically, this is for the best. I don't see what he is going to do that he has done before with us or any other team he possesses, that is going to be for the better. He has blatantly admitted, he didn't buy arsenal to win trophies. I think its a bad day for arsenal football club as a force on the pitch. Still i could be completely wrong andd he has ambitions to really make us an elite world super power, that puts performance on the field as the top priority.

08 Aug 2018 00:31:21
Maybe his son will have a different idea of what Arsenal are to be?

08 Aug 2018 02:15:57
I cannot see much change as Kroenke takes full ownership of the club. The club has been run reasonably well whilst he has been the major shareholder and I don't expect much to change.

08 Aug 2018 04:59:17
Kroenke's other teams:
LA Rams (left St Louis on the hook for a partially completed stadium after years of terrible performances)
Denver Nuggets (missed out on playoffs last 5 years in a row)
Colorado Avalanche (6 consecutive first place finishes and 2 Stanley Cup wins before Kroenke took over; consecutive failures to make it past quarterfinals or even qualify for playoffs after Kroenke took over)

Let's be honest, the only thing Kroenke cares about is skimming funds off the top. Whether he cares about the club as anything but a financial entity - which TV money virtually guarantees, by the way - is very obviously a big no.

{Ed0333's Note - you have to give the guy the benefit of the doubt. He’s gonna be in soul charge now maybe he'll surprise you? At least give him a chance before you malign him.

08 Aug 2018 08:42:00
I was Arsene out simply because he had demonstrated time and again he had lost touch with what it takes to be competive in the modern game.
If Arsene had stayed on this season I would felt extremely negative about the season ahead but if he'd stayed on and accepted help by bringing in a top quality number 2 with new ideas Arsene was prepared to accept and work with them my attitude would have been different.
Stan and Dick haven't failed repeatedly yet simply because along with the new backroom they form a brand new set up that unless you are phycic or time traveler from the future none of us know what they can or can't produce together.
Change is here and we need to give it a chance not simply dig our heals in because we don't like the who owns the club.
We can look for the improvements that come this season or we can look for the same old problems and take great pleasure in highlighting everything that goes wrong as being down to Stan, it's a personal choice but I can't see the point of wanting change only to be negative about it without giving it a chance first.

08 Aug 2018 08:06:14
Ed0333 - don't have much of a choice but to trust him, but he was effectively in sole charge before anyway. Usmanov was not allowed at board meetings and given no input, and Kroenke had virtually unrestricted power as he controlled the rest of the shares up to 97%. As you say, I don't know how it will turn out, but my gut feeling is highly negative.

{Ed0333's Note - I understand your scepticism but until he’s given the opportunity to display his true colors it’s folly to label him as the big bad wolf. Listen I’m not saying he’s gonna turn into Sheikh Mansour overnight and start spending billions on galacticos but he may well surprise you mate.

08 Aug 2018 09:17:49
We've never seen Stan without Arsene calling the shots and advising him.
Now we have Dick and Sven working with Stan and Stan junior so let's wait and see.
It's a completely different set up now and a world away from Arsene trying to be a jack of all trades running the club virtually single handedly.
We should give change a chance especially those of us for moaned kicked and screamed for years for it to happen.

08 Aug 2018 20:43:54
I agree 62, how can we possible condemn what we have before we’ve seen it perform . I think a few are being a tad harsh and impatient.

09 Aug 2018 00:51:45
I should also clarify that the club no longer being an entity that was at least in part fan owned and fan accountable is partly why I'm depressed. Stan as an owner won't change much compared to Stan as majority shareholder, but something we had a real stake in, something we co-owned, is now gone and it is a little sad.

08 Aug 2018 09:52:08
People saying it might be different, the man isn’t going to change just because he has full control it’s going to be worse, I hope he does change and pump millions but I can’t see it.

09 Aug 2018 16:57:14
Hang on a minute CB, what’s going to be worse, we’ve spent 70 odd million more than some clubs . He doesn’t control what happens on the pitch .

We were rubbish last year because of one man.

10 Aug 2018 14:49:20
Bit harsh on Mustafi there BG, he wasn't / that/ bad.

06 Aug 2018 12:18:12
Information coming in from local news in Barcelona. AFC are in negotiations to take Yerry Mina on loan with a possibility to buy next year, that is why Chambers is leaving on loan no Fulham. Eds, any trith in that?

{Ed025's Note - not that i know of paolo mate..

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06 Aug 2018 14:16:55
Thought he was going Everton 32 mil.

07 Aug 2018 04:06:43
Hey Ed25 not seen you round these parts for while, how well do you think silvas going to do?

{Ed025's Note - hi eden, i have been very busy mate and been celebrating my 60th birthday by doing a lot of things on my bucket list mate, i have been impressed with silva so far, him along with brands have addressed a lot of the issues we had last season, he has shipped out a lot of the under performers and is bringing in what seem like very good players, fat sam left us all very deflated and the football was dire but marco i think will make us a lot easier on the eye but there are still issues to be addressed, we need the centre of defence sorted and an enforcer in midfield but he cant fix things overnight so we as fans need to be a little patient but the signs are good..

07 Aug 2018 07:23:18
Marco Silva is a quality appointment for Everton, a manager I wouldn't have minded replacing Wenger at Arsenal.

07 Aug 2018 07:21:23
Happy birthday mate! What have you managed to tick off? I'm currently travelling round Asia til I run out of money! 😂 Trying to see as many countries as possible is on my bucket list! Do you think he will be afforded enough time? You've looked a bit dodgy Pre season.

{Ed025's Note - been to a few countries but only in europe and weekend breaks in this country a lot of which have been presents eden, we have looked awful pre season but i dont hold much store by that as its more about getting the players up to speed mate, the world cup has not helped our cause and i dont expect us to pull up any trees just yet but the early signs have been very positive, i try to tell people that this is a project and not to expect too much too soon, a bit like yourselves we both have new guys at the helm and it will take a while for them to instill their ethos and for the players to adapt to new systems..

07 Aug 2018 08:43:28
You didn't have anything too wild on it like sky diving or swimming with sharks then?

{Ed025's Note - no mate just partying, i might have to give betty ford a ring though shortly..

07 Aug 2018 10:24:06
She makes good cakes ed. Oh hang on, that's Betty Crocker isn't it.!

07 Aug 2018 16:52:53
Have you seen that beach video of his? The last thing Ed025 needs is another cake.

{Ed025's Note - hey..i resemble that remark sharpy.. :)

08 Aug 2018 12:16:17
I would imagine that if Mr kipling and Betty Crocker ever "got together" they would make exceedingly good kids?

{Ed0333's Note - 🤣😂👍

06 Aug 2018 07:28:42
Any truth in the Chambers to Fulham on loan rumours? Feel like we must have another CB lined up if this is the case. Also late move for Ricardo Rodriguez due to Kos injury?

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06 Aug 2018 08:56:30
I agree, if it's true we must have a replacement lined up.
In the unlikely event this story is true and we don't have a replacement coming in then it sounds like Gabriel last season all over again.
Arsene has really gone hasn't he?
Xhaka new contract
Perez out for 4 million
Joel Campbell completely frozen out
I'm getting very suspicious that Dick and Arsene have in fact had their bodies switched and the real Dick is on holiday enjoying himself while Arsene is just carrying on like always under the guise of Dick.

It seems pretty obvious to me this is exactly what's happend :-)

06 Aug 2018 10:07:48
Looks that way seems like Emery does not rate Chambers that highly really then if he prepared to loan him out.

06 Aug 2018 13:13:05
Still have a lot of CBs though - first choice is Sokratis/ Koscielny, then Mustafi, then Holding and Mavropanos. 5 CBs is plenty.

06 Aug 2018 15:00:13
Kos isn't available unil second half of the season and wasn't good at all last season wire mate.

06 Aug 2018 15:14:12
Your possibly right Ryan but why give him a new deal then? The whole thing seems strange to me at the moment but hopefully before the weekend it will make more sense.

06 Aug 2018 15:59:50
Gunner62 Some moves being made behind the scenes perhaps that the press have not picked up maybe a experienced CB on loan, as we have not really got the funds for anotehr major purchase without sales so loan deals could still be a option.

06 Aug 2018 23:24:19
I can't be the only one who can't see kos returning until the end of the season right?

07 Aug 2018 00:11:48
But he signed a new deal recently didn't he? I'm sure he still has the trust of the manager. Rumours are rumours until they actually happen.


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