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20 Apr 2018 11:53:37
Hi Eds,

Reading back through previous posts, I just wanted to ask if Arsenal had one specific target for manager, or if it will be 'open for application' so to speak.

It was stated by one of you in March that Arsenal had informally spoken to someone, but that nothing could really be done as Arsene hadn't decided what he was doing.

So I guess I am asking are we using a sniper rifle or a shotgun to find his replacement?!

Any light you can shed would be greatly appreciated by all, I'm sure.


{Ed002's Note - As I have explained, there were two preferred options originally but one was not viable. As such they have moved on to consider other options. The club did want an early answer from Mr Wenger as I have previously explained. This would allow them time to make a suitable appointment. It won't be advertised in the Evening Standard.}

1.) 20 Apr 2018 12:52:18
Thanks Ed. I seen to remember the two Being ancelotti and Simone that the board were split on. Not sure if that's still the case and sure things will change now they are stepping up the search. Thought I'd add the two names so people may stop asking doubtful tho lol.

{Ed002's Note - It was but isn't any longer. Simeone is not an option.}

2.) 20 Apr 2018 15:30:16
Think that's a shame Ed. Maybe he'll be more defensively minded than I'd like but defending does seem to be our weakness.

3.) 20 Apr 2018 16:07:39

4.) 20 Apr 2018 17:07:54
Ancelotti also isn't and option anymore? Thanks in advance ed02.

{Ed002's Note - I don't understand.}

5.) 20 Apr 2018 17:58:37
The club have move on from both first preferred options (Ancelotti and Simeone) or Ancelotti remains an option?



30 Jan 2018 08:52:46

Can you give us any info on the Giroud to Chelsea rumours? Is there any truth to them wanting him?

Wouldn't mind seeing him go abroad but to Chelsea would be rubbish. I have always liked him.


{Ed001's Note - yes they do want him. Dzeko was the preferred choice but he is not happy about leaving Rome so Giroud is the option.}



26 Jan 2018 14:56:32
Ballague saying that Arsenal and Dortmund are miles apart financially for Auba, but it will probably go through in the last 48 hours of the window.

Haven't seen Dortmund linked with any replacements other than Giroud though - do you know if they are looking at anyone Eds?


{Ed002's Note - Yes, I have explained that he was their third choice and they will keep looking.}

1.) 26 Jan 2018 15:58:34
I can see us letting this one slip away.

2.) 26 Jan 2018 16:47:11
i don't think this deal has any chance of happening, they player is not wengers choice, if he were the deal would be done, he convinced the board to spend 30m on xhaka after all.



22 Jan 2018 07:49:33
Hi Ed's,

I have seen something this morning from Cristian Pavon saying that he hopes to make the move to Arsenal happen now - do you know if we will look to try and finalise things for him this window or we will put it on the back burner?



{Ed002's Note - I am not aware that anything has changed.}



17 Jan 2018 11:25:01
Hi Eds,

I saw something about Nainggolan being available for a transfer to China.

In all honesty I would love to see him in our midfield.

Do you know if we hold any interest?


{Ed025's Note - not as far as i know mate..

1.) 17 Jan 2018 13:48:36
Can I ask the Ed's what they do? Surprised I haven't asked before. You seem to be clued up so was just wondering whether it's because you're friends with people in the know or you work within the football business etc.

{Ed002's Note - The others are a mix of chimney sweeps and florists. I am a part time gentleman adventurer and rodeo clow.}

2.) 17 Jan 2018 15:37:00
I'm a chimney sweep Ed. Does that mean I can join the Ed club?

{Ed002's Note - You can come on our Christmas outing.}

3.) 17 Jan 2018 17:10:38
I thought you were all Jedi's.

{Ed025's Note - no mate...but the force is always with us..

4.) 17 Jan 2018 18:11:17
Rumour has it Ed25 that the only force you have is in your pants elastic 😂.

{Ed025's Note - i cant deny or confirm that malicious rumour SLB..




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16 Mar 2018 09:35:12
Hi Ed's,

I did a search but couldn't find anything on either - but do Arsenal or any English team have interest in Saul or Partey from Atletico?



{Ed002's Note - Try the European pages.}

1.) 16 Mar 2018 16:47:42
Trip to Moscow. so, passport; Check. Toothbrush;. Check. Full chemical bio hazard suit;. check.

2.) 16 Mar 2018 20:13:19
Daily mail left at home: check!



06 Mar 2018 09:12:25
I see a lot on here of people slating the manager, the players, the board. basically anything related to Arsenal.

I am slightly surprised that Gunnersauras has been left out of it.

I am as frustrated as anyone else. Sitting in a freezing cold stadium last Thursday to see Man City do to us what we used to do to other teams, it just felt like apathy toward the team all around me.

It is interesting to note that really only Jack and Cech have come out with anything close to recognition of our poor form. Though Jack is right, they need our support. The fans booing Cech for half a game is completely out of order.

Let's actually support the team, regardless of how we all feel, and who knows - WE might be able to help THEM find some form. I'm sure they don't fancy playing in front of their own booing, baying fans.

Come on you Gooners.


1.) 06 Mar 2018 09:36:13
You've got to give people a reason to back you not just loyalty.
The players the manager the board have made this problem and extremely patient fans have finally had enough.
You can't walk and expect people to simply accept that, you can't keep picking Xhaka and Iwobi keep losing and expect people not to be frustrated.
Sorry but I think Arsenal fans have been far to patient far to long with the manager the players and the board and it's way past the time to let everyone know this is not acceptable.

2.) 06 Mar 2018 09:49:30
It would be better to voice your displeasure before or after games and be behind the team during one but it must be mission impossible to keep your gob shut watching this stuff happen.

Booing has never made anyone play better but sadly like 62 says people have been beyond patient.

3.) 06 Mar 2018 09:53:55
If players are giving 100 per cent commitment fighting for every ball till the final whistle us fans would be cheering them on. The manager is motionless and shows no passion on the pitch. He is clueless and has no game plan.

Every fan wants the best for arsenal football club. We give up thousands of pounds supporting this great club. Maybe if some players and the manager showed us as much passion there wouldn't be a problem.

4.) 06 Mar 2018 10:19:35
I'm not saying that the players are not to blame, or the various levels of management.

I for one am just a bit sick and tired of the booing, the lack of support for the Arsenal team trying to win a game of football, for the Arsenal Fan TV bull - support the team, end of.

We have had worse teams than this, for those that care to remember, and they still got our support.

5.) 06 Mar 2018 10:42:56
To be fair Skywalker we've never had a team with such little comittiment passion and fight.
Personally I wouldn't go all the way to a game just to boo the team I'd stay away and find something more enjoyable to do with my time.
Empty seats says everything the players board and manager need to know.
If people really want to demonstrate then do so outside the ground for 90 minutes during the game, but personally I'd say just stay away if your not satisfied with what's being served up by the current Arsenal set up.
Saying get behind the team and manager is like asking people to pay for and eat another horrible meal and pretend it's acceptable to severe up.

6.) 06 Mar 2018 10:51:25
I don't care what you lot think of me or what I post

This revolt should of started 8 years ago. Too many supporters fell for wengers spin.

7.) 06 Mar 2018 12:50:24
Fans have a right to boo, are you prepared to clap and applaud when watching that crap . If I performed like that at work I’d be looking for a job

It’s fans money we have a right to express our feelings.

8.) 06 Mar 2018 13:09:20
Well said Banbury.

9.) 06 Mar 2018 13:29:56
I do some people are a bit over the top and just seem malicious towards Wenger. Such as Malaga I think you fall in the category. However I respect it's yours and others opinions and you've had enough. I just hope this summer he goes and we draw a line and forget the past and really get behind the next chapter. It's what is keeping me going knowing change will eventually come.

10.) 06 Mar 2018 13:40:53
D, I just didn't wake up and say enough is enough. I have campaigned for almost 9 years for wengers to be sacked.

We have been sold a dream that has failed miserably.

11.) 06 Mar 2018 14:55:51
Ive got to be honest and say, i think most fans have been too silent and let this fester too long. Some of the dealings and situations that have been allowed to happen for as long as they have should not ever be associated with a professional football club. Its obvious too some that we have lost our steering years ago. I don't think with its owner and its manager and its players, its a nice club any more. Football clubs need icons, we don't have a single one.

12.) 06 Mar 2018 15:20:07
Oh and if you read Dags posts, he rightly pointed out gunnersauruses part in all this a long while ago.

13.) 06 Mar 2018 16:53:56
I wish Wenger was as professional as Gunnersaurus mate.

14.) 06 Mar 2018 17:13:30
Ha ha Dags, at least the tea lady has dodged all the flak.



31 Jan 2018 14:26:31
Hi Ed's,

Do any of you know who Balague could be referring to for our potential next signing today?


{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what he said.}



26 Jan 2018 09:06:54
Hi Ed's,

I was just curious as to how a transfer negotiation takes place. It is well reported that Gazidis, Sven and Fahmy are in Dortmund to negotiate for Auba. I just wanted a bit more insight into how that process actually takes place.

Obviously they have been over there for a few days now, so is it a case of a number of face to face meetings? Phone calls? A fax?! I am just intrigued because in any line of work where I have been involved in a negotiation, at most it has taken 2 meetings to finalise something. I appreciate I am not dealing with a £60m transfer, but I am staggered that it takes us so long to agree to something, whilst constantly pissing people off who we negotiate with.!

Any info you can give on this would be welcome!

Have a good Friday y'all.


{Ed002's Note - I am surprised if they have been there a few days doing this one thing. When Dortmund were in London last week they met on club Friday morning, Arsenal on Friday afternoon before one of the three had to leave for an evening meeting in Spain and then he flew to Berlin.

Regardless. The overall transfer process should be along the lines of: Clubs will typically informally ask an agent (a) if the player is going to be available, and (b) would the player consider a move to the club. There may be some broad discussion on the sort of deal that would be offered but no more than that. If the answer is yes, it is then necessary for the club to approach the player's club to ask if they would be willing to sell and if they would grant permission to speak to a player's agent formally about a transfer and possibly even the player about actually making a move. This will typically involve either broadly (through an offer) or actually agreeing a fee and responsibility for any significant costs (agents fees etc.). Once this has happened the club will be able to speak to the player's agent and perhaps the player himself to look at the package that will be involved. Many players are looked at and discussed at a high-level with agents and clubs; a subset of those have an offer placed; a subset of those involve discussions with the player's club; a subset of those involve discussions over terms, and; a subset of those go ahead.

Agents will often try and get more specific details of wages and other financials before they should - but most clubs are happy to follow this process. Players will often talk to other players about moves but, whilst wrong, is tolerated as it would be impossible to manage.

Alternatively, a selling club may ask an agent to find a new club for a player and he will talk directly to poetntial selling sides about the fee, personal terms and interest.

In terms of what happens when the negotiations take place, broad agreement (player available and open to discussions, understanding of the price) will already have been reached. The clubs will meet to discuss the details of the transfer fee, other costs associated with the move and the structure of the payments and any additional fees (e.g Another €5M for winning the Champions League etc.) but this does not take a "few days". There is a nice football museum there, perhaps they are looking at that?}

1.) 26 Jan 2018 09:23:20
Thanks very much, interesting read.

I really hope they are enjoying the hell out of the museum and have a serious tiddly winks competition on the go.

Out of interest, are they any other players in Germany that we would be considering to take?

{Ed002's Note - There are a couple of younger centre backs who play in Germany (and I have mentioned before) who Arsenal have an interest in but they have not been doing anything in that respect.}

2.) 26 Jan 2018 09:24:14
Great reply Ed.
Thank you.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

3.) 26 Jan 2018 12:48:11
Is one of these centre backs Jonathan Tah by any chance Ed? Would be a great addition and heard he has a release clause of around €25m.

{Ed002's Note - No.}



15 Jan 2018 08:45:18
Hi Ed's,

I respect that you guys only work off valid information and don't work in hypothetical's, but to your knowledge, is there any chance that Wenger will leave/ be removed from his post before the end of the season or potentially in the summer?

I feel stupid for asking because he seems to be a man of his word and sticks to his contracts, and the hierarchy seem to bend over for him, but I really need some hope that we won't keep getting the same dross for another minimum of 18 months from a manager that has long gone stale.

Please give me some hope!


{Ed001's Note - the two new guys have been brought in to transition to a new manager. Only the board will know if that is at the end of Wenger's contract or before but, if I had to give my opinion, would say that he can't continue on as things are and last past the summer.}

1.) 15 Jan 2018 08:55:51
Thanks Ed and completely agree. I don't know if it is because I watched '89' recently or if I am actually fed up, but those players back then seemed to actually want it and care about what happened.

I can't see any of the current squad pushing their own team mate against the wall before a Tottenham game and drilling into them how important the performance and result is.

I feel so disconnected with the team and club now, from such poor performances over a sustained period, the 2 or 3 games a season where we see what this could achieve if they pulled their fingers out really isn't enough. I can only blame the management and coaching staff to allow it to continue for so long.

I appreciate your response, as always. Have a good Monday.

{Ed001's Note - isn't that why Sanchez is going? He actually expected his teammates to care and want to win, how silly must he feel? Imagine wanting your team to try and work hard for a victory. That will be why he is drifting down to finish off his career with a no-hoper while Arsenal march on to title-winning glory.......}

2.) 15 Jan 2018 09:12:08
I can't understand people wanting to see the back of him. If you were the only one in your department at work, trying and busting your arse every day, whilst people had their feet up on their desks, coming in late, taking longer lunch breaks etc, how long would you put up with it for? Would you say something to your boss?

He is a winner, and people want him to go - why? So he can win and take his effort and attitude somewhere else?

You don't know what you've got til it's gone, as the song goes.

{Ed001's Note - it is bizarre. How many companies sack the worker who produces the best quality work and works their backside off while keeping on all the lazy gets who produce shoddy work? I really do not understand why Sanchez has become the problem rather than the rest of the team.}

3.) 15 Jan 2018 10:20:37
I agree ed. But now it’s more his situation that is unwanted. But that has been Arsenal’s fault not Sanchez .

{Ed001's Note - spot on.}

4.) 15 Jan 2018 14:29:49
bang on eds bang on.

5.) 15 Jan 2018 16:21:04
Ed i think its because so many arsenal fans because of their blind faith in wenger, don't know the difference between a dud and star.

{Ed001's Note - must be something.}




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16 May 2018 09:17:38
Fabianski got relegated and wasn't even the best player in their team. The end.




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15 May 2018 16:30:47
Extremely risky.

A lot of what you read (and yes, don't believe all you read) says that the club wanted a more united fan base which was part of the reason for AW leaving. For AW to cite the fan base in one of his interviews gave this some weight as well.

With the general reaction to Arteta being fairly divisive, it does make you wonder if they will bend to get in an Allegri type boss. Fingers crossed.




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15 May 2018 15:20:56

Thanks for all your insight on this. It must be quite painful dealing with us Arsenal fans at a time like this.

With regard to Arteta, do you know if he is considered the stand out option for the Arsenal board as various media/ betting outlets would have you believe? Or is it still quite an open discussion about the possibilities for the next manager?

I struggle to understand how we are at a stage that an ex player with no managerial experience is the 'go to guy'. I'm not saying he would be bad, it just surprises me that this is what it has boiled down to.


{Ed002's Note - The Arsenal fans are fine right now. I am pretty sure the board don't consider options as "stand out" or otherwise. If you want stand out options it is the likes of Max Allegri and Carlo Ancelotti. If the club want Allegri there needs to be a shift of tact by the club but as I said that does not seem to be the case - hence Arteta is to the fore. It is risky.}



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14 Feb 2018 10:24:11
Your team? Alright Mr. Kroenke. I think you like the sound of your own voice slightly too much.




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05 Feb 2018 09:29:20
it was a celebration mate, not a tantrum - let's give the guy more than 5 minutes before we start trying to slate him.





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23 May 2018 14:26:37
that and he isn't a DM.




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06 Mar 2018 10:19:35
I'm not saying that the players are not to blame, or the various levels of management.

I for one am just a bit sick and tired of the booing, the lack of support for the Arsenal team trying to win a game of football, for the Arsenal Fan TV bull - support the team, end of.

We have had worse teams than this, for those that care to remember, and they still got our support.




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16 Feb 2018 14:13:17
In extremes of temperature, not really possible to rely on 'real' grass RG. Teams struggle in this country with real grass and we don't have the weather that they do there.




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14 Feb 2018 10:26:34
Love your optimism.




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12 Feb 2018 07:54:55
we couldn't afford him after the business that we had done - that will include tying down Ozil, the wages for Auba and Mkhi, and I would assume taking into account the new deals for Wilshere and Ramsey that are on the table. It has been said on here a few times that Kroenke expects the club to run within the resources it generates, so taking on Laca and Kolisinac at the beginning of the season along with those mentioned signing on, we probably couldn't 'afford' him. Whether that is a poor show or not is a different debate altogether.