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02 Oct 2018 19:09:41
Ed02 are you aware of us being interested in any new names now with our new scout? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - João Felix (AM) Benfica will look to hold on to him and will give him a new contract but an Arsenal scout has had a look. Filipe Luis (LB) but Arsenal won't pay the €30M asking price. Adrien Rabiot (CM/AM) - Emery wants him but wages will be very high and interest from elsewhere will likely win out
Piotr Zielinski (CM) - seen as an Aaron Ramsey replacement but Aurelio De Laurentiis will provide a new contract to look to block any deal for the player
Adrien Rabiot (CM/AM) - Emery wants him but wages will be very high and interest from elsewhere will likely win out
Piotr Zielinski (CM) - seen as an Aaron Ramsey replacement but Aurelio De Laurentiis will provide a new contract to look to block any deal for the player
Nicolas Pepe (RW) - hilst it is a position that Arsenal are short in and they were looking at the likes of Martins and Pavon in the summer and got nowhere. Arsenal were represented at a game against Rennes in August where Pepe was one of the players watched - the other being Thiago Mendes who the scout had recommended to Arsenal before they opted for Lucas Torreira.
Christian Pavon (RW/F) - Arsenal may turn to an old Wenger target - there is interest from Barcelona, PSG and from another English side who have been told that when he moves it will be to Barcelona - probably one that will stay another year in South America - probably one to strike from the list.}

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02 Oct 2018 22:35:46
It doesn't sound like we will get any of them ed.

24 Sep 2018 00:46:53
We used to play the best football in the premier league, we used to dominate matches and lose, we used yo say we need to win ugly and get lucky.
Now we won the ugly way and no we weren’t too lucky, maybe with the second goal yes but not else, we have a keeper to make saves and he did he job perfectly and that's no luck in my opinion, because we we concede we don’t say oh that’s unlucky we say the goalie is rubbish.
Another win and another 3 points which all what matter now for us. As we are changing the identity of our game and the mindset of most of our players.

And the mindset of our player which it will take time. So what matter now is to win and look to improve our game.

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24 Sep 2018 06:04:07
Spot on Moe G, I noticed that we are winning despite not playing particularly well, which is a positive sign. I can't recall the last time we won 5 matches in a row and 2 consecutive away matches. I do wish the supporters who have tickets turned up. I have had season tickets for many years and my seats are never empty. On the odd occasions when I am unable to attend I give the seats to family or friends. If we can keep beating the teams outside the top 6, then a top four finish is possible, With Koscileny, Maitland-Niles and Kolasinac returning over the next couple of months the squad is looking strong and with a couple of signings and departure during the next window, this could be an interesting season. We cearly need a wide player that can attack and defend. In addition a midfield player that could play in the attacking 3, who can defend as well as attack. Playing as we did yesterday with Ozil, Ramsey and Aubameyang left us exposed at the back and the only the combination of excellent performances from Cech and Torreira and Everton's poor attack ensured a clean sheet and a win. Against better teams we won't get away with it, as was seen against Man C and Chelsea.

24 Sep 2018 08:03:28
Brilliant post Moe mate.

24 Sep 2018 12:16:54
We are just playing ugly, win lose or draw.

24 Sep 2018 17:15:27
Steve, maybe you are right, but as you know we don’t have the squad to play beautiful, we are in transition at the moment unlike Chelsea they have a great squad but they are far better than us. Yes we want to enjoy our team playing awesomely but at the moment I care for wins and points. And in the next few Transfer windows we can buy better and get rid of the players like xhaka.

24 Sep 2018 18:52:46
Chelsea were runaway champions 2 seasons ago so they only needed a slight change of direction to get them back on track while we haven't challenged for 14 years so obviously it's a major rebuilding job with us.
Anyone hoping for beautiful football and a title challenge to boot this season is only fooling themselves.
We've not been competive for years and our footballing attractiveness has been in dramatic decline for the last 3 or 4 years too.

24 Sep 2018 22:03:51
Agree to a great extent, winning matches when you aren't in control is an art but (and i think we have the players) we have to look more solid first before we can look good second. We will only get away with not defending or a while.

25 Sep 2018 14:02:18
Agree with that Steve someone somewhere will take thier chances and have a field day with our defence and when they do it be all be about how we respond to it.
A cpuple seasons back when Mustafi first joined us teams like Swansea Sunderland as well as PSG were coming to the emirates and making chance after chance but failing to take them, we were flying high in the league but only because of others awful finishing, them came our visit to Goodison where Everton tore us apart and we never ever recovered our defensive good fortune under Arsene.
When we meet a team who bring thier shooting boots with them Dick needs to manage the teams mentality better by not letting it get to the players as unfortunately Arsene did.

25 Sep 2018 16:43:48
Agree, every team has lucky wins, citeh did last season but the fewer lucky wins you need/ get or have to rely on, means you are a better team and will finish with more success ultimately. The more you have to rely on luck to get results, the more you will suffer. The base has to be there.

26 Sep 2018 17:13:41
Liverpool is one of those teams we don’t want to play lol.

17 Sep 2018 16:54:50
Any truth in an Ozil bailey swap I would take that all day.

{Ed002's Note - I wouldn't think so.}

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17 Sep 2018 22:17:44
Your not alone there crybaby, I think all non Arsenal fans would take that not just you mate.

18 Sep 2018 07:27:02
Your definitely right all the Wenger out brigade who wanted the club to fail and lose games will take him all day 😂😂😂🤭🤭🤭🤭🤫🤫🤫🤫.

18 Sep 2018 13:53:31
Are you bod baby 🤔 I’ve got guess who out now. Do you have brown hair?

18 Sep 2018 21:27:03
Crybaby me, browgun im an Arsenal fan, you are well off.

18 Sep 2018 23:00:28
I was sure he was jelfy sanogo, he said he's not though, I'm still not convinced! 😂.

19 Sep 2018 07:21:57
I’m only kidding bod.

19 Sep 2018 11:02:20
We lose on that - Bailey gives you pace but he's error prone and bad on positional play. Why else is Jose willing to let him go for way slower but positional sound defenders.
You unite Ozil with Alexis - electric chemistry. Nah.

19 Sep 2018 11:53:57
I’d swap Ozil with my old girl.

19 Sep 2018 13:52:35
That's not a nice way to talk about your wife crybaby and I'm not sure Mesut would be right happy with that arrangement either mate, have you tried wellies swappers anonymous they might be able to help you :-)

21 Sep 2018 23:45:38
Baby, based on your posts - you need some assistance. May be that swap at home works for you?

No deal for me - we need to figure out how to play with him not without him. First step = Torriera in starting 11.

22 Sep 2018 11:55:33
It’s taken 6 years and we still don’t know how to play with him when he’s on the pitch we have 10 men, I honestly can’t think of a game when we have played the top 6 or any decent team in Europe that’s he’s stood out,

17 Sep 2018 15:11:45
Apparently Gazidis is leaving, will we really miss him. I know he eventually held the door open for wenger but that was at least two years too late. We also have increased revenue but by a smaller percentage than our rivals. I don't think he will be missed, the problem may arise, with who replaces him. I doesn't seem that we are trying too hard to keep him.

{Ed002's Note - Trying hard is not really the issue Steve, his question to himself is "am I done"?}

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17 Sep 2018 16:30:42
Or does he want a payrise Ed02.

{Ed002's Note - It is time to move on I would think Steve. There is also a much bigger picture that might well be worth considering when you are laying in bed tonight thinking of Ivan Gazidis.

Milan is currently in the hands of Vulture Capitalists (Elliott Management) who have taken control of the holding company (Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux) as one of the repayments for a loan debt was not made in time. Although they do not have full ownership of the club they do have full control and have committed a fixed figure for investment with a view to putting it back on a firm footing and then selling at a profit. They immediately began a cull which saw the Chief Executive Marco Fassone removed, Massimiliano Mirabelli sacked and Leonardo installed as Sporting Director. They also told Gennaro Gattuso that he would leave after the US tour they were on at the time by which time a legal matter concerning his replacement would be resolved. However, when Leonardo arrived he did not know that Gattuso had been told he would leave and immediately fought to reverse the decision which resulted in a one off payment being made to the replacement who was lined up, and some very red faces.

Regardless, they still need a new Chief Executive to replace Fassone. Ivan Gazidis is top of the list and one who might do a very good job there. He will be attractive given Paul Singer knows IG well, he worked with the MLS for a long time and critically he has successful experience in Europe. Against it would be whether or not IG has decided that he has done everything necessary at Arsenal and that it will likely only be a two year deal as the club will undoubtedly be sold - unless a little something else were to happen. 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 challenge? But I rather expect the move to Milan. In terms of the something else that could happen, there is a good chance that Alisher Usmanov could be looking for a club to buy in full and whilst Newcastle is available in the Premier League I am not aware of any interest being shown at this time, or any approach to Mike Ashley. However, it is not out of the question that he could join Gazidis in Milan after spending the past 6 months mulling over the move. There is another high end Italian side that is "sort of" available and that is seen as an option by Usmanov.}

17 Sep 2018 16:41:25
Thanks for the info Ed, that would look like a bit of betrayal wouldn't it, joining usminov.

{Ed002's Note - The other way around though Steve - I did post this before.}

17 Sep 2018 16:51:17
If he goes Ed, do you think a reason why we aren't falling over trying to keep him, is josh kronke.

{Ed002's Note - At that level of the business folks come and go, once they indicate they want to move on businesses do not fall over themselves. I don't know if JK would be the best option for the club nor if he would want such a significant shift in focus.}

17 Sep 2018 17:16:44
Agree Ed, i'm not sure it is either but it wouldn't surprise me to see JK take over from Gazidis.

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal know what is coming, so they will have to be making plans. There will certainly be some negotiation involved over when he departs and when he can start a new role - and that will largely be amicable and used to perhaps cement relationships. It would make sense to have someone with a very good working knowledge of business in the UK/Europe and with extensive experience to me - after all, he (or she) will effectively be running the business. No doubt they will be taking advice from specialists about this already - I would put aside any thoughts or proposals made that Vinai Venkatesham could take the role - he is in no way the answer nor would he be considered.}

17 Sep 2018 20:08:39
Thanks for the insight Ed02.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

17 Sep 2018 22:27:17
I don't really understand what he does or doesn't do or whether he's done a good or bad Job at Arsenal but what I do know is he wasn't very popular until the rumours of him leaving surfaced and suddenly people stated worrying about him going.
I remember he was blamed for our lack of signings for a long time.

18 Sep 2018 06:11:26
I was never convinced by Gazidis, as Wenger totally dominated the club in the post-Dein/ Fiszman era.
I like the set up we now have, which appears due to Gazidis. I am not anti-Kroenke per se, but it concerns me if his son replaces Gazidis. Is he up to the job? On the positive side, the more involved he gets, the more he may influence his Father in terms of investing financially in the club.

18 Sep 2018 18:44:45
Great call Ed02.

15 Sep 2018 23:50:16
Having seen the highlights I have to say it's the best game I've seen Xhaka have, had a huge say in both goals and no costly mistakes, very decent free kick but not a worldie as I thought the keeper should have done better in reality.
To me he still looks very awkward when he runs at more than a jog (which isn't often ) and his tackling is as crude as ever on the rare occasion it happens but still his best game in 2 years 5 games,
IS it enough to justify his inclusion? It's obviously a huge improvement on anything before but needs to happen more often than once every two seasons and 4 games for Arsenal to be top 4 contenders again.

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16 Sep 2018 02:07:00
Xhaka looks far better alongside Torreira, as he provides the platform for Xhaka to play as a deep, false number 10, where he provides a vital link between defence and attack with his quality passing. Alongside Guendouzi he tends to end up playing deeper as a DM, which doesn't suit his style of play. Guendouzi is a fine young player, but he reminds me so much of Elneny both physically and in the 'headless chicken' style of play.

16 Sep 2018 09:34:58
Vital? Really!
Vital means someone you can't do without and while it's obviously not all down to him alone but we haven't made top 4 since Xhaka arrived after 20 years of consecutive qualification before he arrived.
Sanchez was vital to us being our best during his time as was Kos until recently but calling Xhaka vital is an extreme exaggeration to say the least.
If he continues to play like yesterday he will become an asset but he's long way to go to become an asset let alone vital.

16 Sep 2018 13:53:17
Vital! Really, once in a blue moon isn't vital. We played Newcastle, didn't still look solid defensively in midfield and it wasnt even a top half prem team. Vital my hairy arm. The sooner he is ejected with a couple more, the sooner we might actually improve.

16 Sep 2018 15:37:15
This range of passing makes me laugh. He has one nice pass that’s the one over the top to the left winger, everyone has their opinion but for me he isn’t up to scratc for challenging for silverware.

16 Sep 2018 15:40:22
It's so obvious that the 'vital' refers to that role in this system! Discuss if you think this system is correct, the midfield balance needs adjusting, no problem. If we need a player to move the ball though periods of possession, then he is clearly the best option in the squad, and thus gets picked. Not the best player in the team or whatever, as its boringly obvious you two hate him. Otherwise we fill our team up with box to box players who do a bit of everything, I'm not clever enough to know if that's better, but I'll trust Emery on this. Maybe Xhaka flourishes as the season grows, maybe we use the transfer market to improve on him, maybe we change the system. Keep discussing football RG, I enjoy it, even if I rarely contribute!

{Ed025's Note - you should a bit more ned..

16 Sep 2018 16:31:51
I don't hate Xhaka Ned in fact I don't hate anyone at all, not rating someone or seeing them as an asset to the team is a long long way from hating them mate.

16 Sep 2018 17:00:41
Wow! Calm down ned. I for sure don’t hate him and I can speak for myself in saying that I wasn’t one of the ones who jumped on the xhaka kaka train from game 2. I simply don’t think he’s of the Caliber to have us challenging mate.

16 Sep 2018 18:01:34
I don't hate xhaka, i don't like him as a arsenal footballer (not anywhere near good enough) i want the best for arsenal. IF i think a player is letting us down and i 100% are not on my own hear, ask wright, merson, shearer, rednap, souness, nicolas, etc, then i have my opinion why. Since the guy has joined us, he has not cemented his place and made it his own on performance. I think 2 plus years of putting up with nothing performances is long enough. It is nothing personal, its something arsenal. I repeat, i know no top six team supporter who rates him at all, in fact they think he is one of the worsed midfielders in the prem and laugh about him.

16 Sep 2018 18:17:27
He’s certainly not one of the worse midfielders and I know you did t say that steve. But he is most certainly not trophy class imo.

16 Sep 2018 18:43:06
Agree sanos alter ego, Lol. Most of my mates who support other teams just don't rate him at all, they really think he's shat. I just don't think he's that good really, i want better than him in our team for us to progress. I am baffled why he seems somewhat bullet proof for us. I honestly think he is a fraud midfielder.

16 Sep 2018 18:46:54
And Sano, he is one player i cannot put up an argument for when they are lambasting him. I get picked on when i do, Lol.

17 Sep 2018 16:44:21
Why would I assume, or care, if you hate him as a person? You state in abundance you hate him in the team, I don't understand all the defencivness and confusion. I basically replied that you'd totally mis-represented the use of vital in RG's post, and I think you don't comment sensibly on why Xhaka continues to get in the team. I never stated that Xhaka is our star player, I don't think it's in dispute he's been underwhelming. I definitely think he can be better, but may also need replacing. Also that if we change the balance of the midfield with the players we have available, then we'll need to adapt in other areas of the pitch to be creative or control possession. I suspect our wide forwards are not suited to the task.

17 Sep 2018 18:40:32
Ned, i think i understand what vital means. Xhaka isn't vital.

18 Sep 2018 06:21:05
Xhaka, one of Emery's 5 captains and selected for all 5 PL matches to date.
I believe Xhaka was one of many players in the latter Wenger era that went backwards as a player after arriving at the club. He was played as a DM, not his position and looked poorer for it. Emery is a successful, intelligent and adaptable manager who will get the best out of Xhaka. In all the matches where Torreira and Xhaka played togther, the partnership has looked promising and I can see this pairing forming part of the spine of the team. They compliment each other, with the excellent Torreira providing shape to the team and giving Xhaka more freedom to move forward, between the defence and the attack.

18 Sep 2018 13:07:50
Well said gunner ned.

05 Sep 2018 15:29:16
Ed02. There are a few rumours around that we are looking at Nicolas Pepe. Is he someone that we are interested in? Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - Sevilla see Nicolas Pepe as a replacement for Jesus Navas (who they gave a long contract to) and Real Betis see him as a replacement for Joaquín who is aging. However, both made approaches in the summer of 2018 and were shocked at the asking price and stepped back. Lyon has had an interest in Pepe since he was at Anger but have Bertrand Traoré and Maxwell Cornet who are vesatile and are playing well - so it is tough to see how he would fit in unless they were pressured in to losing one. Whilst it is a position that Arsenal are short in and they were looking at the likes of Martins and Pavon in the summer and got nowhere. So it is possible but I would need to ask - and will do.}

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05 Sep 2018 16:30:46
Thanks ed. I think he would be an excellent signing. We really need a winger.

05 Sep 2018 17:10:26
Who is he I’ve never heard of him.

05 Sep 2018 20:01:52
He's a 23 year old Ivoryian winger that plays for lille.

14 Sep 2018 09:02:08
Did you get the chance to ask if our interest is genuine ed?

{Ed002's Note - I had forgotten but have now. Arsenal were represented at a game against Rennes in August where pepe was one of the players watched - the other being Thiago Mendes who the scout had recommended to Arsenal before they opted for Lucas Torreira. Lille are obviously aware that he has attended games and he plans on being at Lille again for the l'OM game at the end of the month, but there have been no specific discussions with Lille about the player. Anecdotally, his pick if he could have a young right winger would be Ferran Torres - but that won't happen.}

14 Sep 2018 11:54:15
Thank you ed.

{Ed002's Note - Apologies for letting it slip my mind - but I have been travelling this week and I am very old and forget stuff easily.}

02 Sep 2018 14:30:14
First time poster here:

It’s going to be a long season in my opinion, halfway through Cardiff match and no offence to this Cardiff team they are awful but we are making them look decent and should currently be beating us.

We trying to play out from the back but the 2 cbs and centre mids are just not suited to this in the slightest, xhaka once again awful ball that lead to the goal and can’t understand how he constantly starts.

We just look so nervy all the time and constantly losing the ball in dangerous areas putting us under pressure too often. Another issue and I don’t know if it’s just me but are our players taught to just try and head the ball anywhere possible as it never seems to go to one of our players.

Only positive I see today is lacazette.

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02 Sep 2018 17:14:35
People are aware it's going to take more than one summer to sort this mess out. Emery has his way of playing. Some will adapt and some won't. The ones that won't adapt will slowly be replaced. Another positive not I thought torreira looked good again. Just a matter of time before he starts over xhaka I hope.

03 Sep 2018 08:01:46
Yes, it will no doubt be a long season, for Cardiff.
After a difficult first 2 matches, the next 2 have resulted in 2 wins and 6 goals scored,
I have no doubt the distribution from the keeper and defenders will improve with more training and experience in matches. In January I would expect Emery may bring in a player or two having seen first hand what he has at his disposal and I am sure we may try and sell or release a couple.

05 Sep 2018 17:10:56
Is he anti arsenal now 😂😂😂.

31 Aug 2018 13:45:17
This reported by ESPN today (Honigstein) :
'The former Germany international was sent home early on each of the the two days preceding the West Ham game on the advice of the club doctor. Ozil was prescribed a dose of antibiotics to cure a severe cold that developed into a laryngitis, and attended the match as a spectator. Having recovered from his illness, Ozil has been back in full training ahead of Arsenal's trip to Cardiff City on Sunday.

There has been speculation that Emery planned to bench Ozil or play him in a different position against West Ham, but the idea that the player has lost the manager's confidence appears fanciful in light of a strong relationship that precedes the Spaniard's arrival in North London.

Half-way through last season, before the playmaker renewed his contract with Arsenal, Emery personally tried to convince Ozil to sign for his former club Paris Saint-Germain by outlining his exact tactical plans to him in a face-to-face meeting. '

Ozil is a divisive figure among fans because of his languid style but can we please put to rest the idea that he is a malingerer? We can have our own opinions but here is a journalist who's put his name to a story rubbishing that narrative.

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31 Aug 2018 18:25:05
It seemed nonsense to me, it wouldn't go down very well with whoever sanctioned breaking the bank to keep him (which must of been agreed by most of the top brass to change the wage structure so drastically) if he falls out with him after a couple games, if he then didn't plan on using him regularly I doubt they would be happy paying those wages to a bit part player they obviously expected to be essential. Surely one of his main remits has to be to get the best out of ozil.

31 Aug 2018 19:53:30
" Mesut Ozil misses today's game because of a heavy cold" headline gets neck to no hits but " Ozil storms out of training after row with Emery " headline gets lots of hits.
It doesn't take a genius to work this one out.
Mesut Ozil bashing has become a more popular pastime than sunbathing during the summer heatwave of 2018.

29 Aug 2018 21:47:07
Hi Eds
Will we see any free transfers coming in or exits before 31/ 8?

{Ed002's Note - Reiss Nelson if Hoffenheim agree to Arsenal's request, perhaps some kiddies going on loan.}

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29 Aug 2018 11:41:29
I heard lacca might be going I hope not I'm hoping he starts playing upfront with auba.

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29 Aug 2018 21:15:54
It's possible but I'd guess paper talk and nothing more, no mention of Xhaka or Iwobi going and I guess that's because they've had a poor start to the season and no one would panic if they did leave but Lacasette is looking good so is hit worthy news.


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