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29 Nov 2018 14:19:21
G'day Ed's, I can't believe I'm asking this, but could our polarising enigma, Mesut Ozil really be one of the players that Unai Emery is looking to replace?

Repeated criticism of the player and his absence from the squad in key matches has left me wondering.

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - The problem the club has is in selling him - finding a buyer who will match his wages. They will be regretting giving him a new contract and payrise earlier this year.}


1.) 29 Nov 2018 15:31:44
Fair point Ed, not many clubs have £350k/ week lying around. Unless Real Madrid are open to taking him back, you think we could be stuck without a buyer?

I would certainly be interested in an Isco-Ozil swap, not sure how possible that is.

It seems Emery is keen on having someone more robust and with a higher work rate, although I find myself in awe of MO10's skill and grace at times.

It's a hard call for me.

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal will be stuck with him unless they cut him lose of his contract or a buyer can be found. Real Madrid has no interest in him and Arsenal has no interest in Isco.}


2.) 29 Nov 2018 20:47:01
Thanks for the info Ed, the press was reporting interest in Isco from Arsenal and others, hence why I asked.

Thanks for clearing that up.

{Ed002's Note - I would not hold your breath about Isco but there is interest in him from elsewhere and it seems a discussion was held during a meeting of various clubs in Milan on Tuesday evening.}


3.) 01 Dec 2018 13:42:24
Judging from team selctions and instinct I have a feeling certain players will ultimately be moved on by Emery. I like Emery's decisiveness.
It will be interesting to see what happens with the following players:
Ramsey: Out of contract this summer. Moving on.
Welbeck: Out of contract in the summer and recuperating from a serious ankle injury.
Monreal: Out of contract this summer.
Cech: Out of contract this summer.
Lichtsteiner: Out of contract this summer.

The following players may also be moved on this summer:
Jenkinson
Koscielny
Elneny

I believe that Ozil and Mkhitaryan may also be surplus to requirements, but as Ed002 stated, it will be difficult to find clubs able and willing to match their extraordinarily inflated wage packets. Unless there is demand from China and the players are willing to go there. Interesting and enjoyable times at the club.


4.) 01 Dec 2018 17:34:28
I don't get why we don't just enjoy having Mesut Ozil, when he's hot he's worth watching any game he graces and when he's not so hot he's never alone.
If Dick doesn't want him that's his choice and I back him in it because he has his own plans of course.
But if Mesut Ozil is ever the worst player on our books we will have some team that's for sure.
Only 3 Arsenal player make the combined Spurs/ Arsenal 11 from voting fans of all clubs and Mesut is 1 of our 3 players, makes you think, doesn't it?


5.) 04 Dec 2018 02:15:07
Combined 11s are a joke g62, but agree with the rest of your post.


 

 

15 Nov 2018 12:57:19
Top of the morning Ed, I hope all is well.

I have a very simple question: Do you think Wilfred Zaha will move in January and do you know of ant interest from Arsenal in the player?

Thank you, I couldn't find anything using the search function.

{Ed002's Note - There has been no interest from Arsenal.}


1.) 15 Nov 2018 14:41:40
Thanks for the quick reply Ed, I was hoping it was possible but he would probably cost half the Earth.

Sounds like we have identified Nicholas Pepe as the ideal addition, we wait and see.

Cheers,

{Ed002's Note - There is serious interest in Pepe from elsewhere.}


 

 

07 May 2018 14:51:02
Hello Ed,

With Stoke being relegated, do you see Shaqiri leaving?

Is he a player we might be interested in?

Love and respect,

{Ed001's Note - yes, depends on the new man but you have shown no interest in helping him pick his toys up off the floor so far.}


1.) 07 May 2018 15:03:05
😂😂😂.


2.) 07 May 2018 15:27:26
Why would we want to sign him?
It's our midfield and defence that needs sorting out well before we think of attacking options.


3.) 07 May 2018 15:46:36
Love it Ed!

Agree we need GK and defense settled first, but I think Iwobi could benefit from an experienced wide man to learn from / rotate with.

{Ed001's Note - he would be an excellent rotation option for Iwobi, he does about as much in a game as JJ's nephew.}


4.) 07 May 2018 18:40:46
Mo Farah is a Gooner let Iwobi pick up some habits from him then he might actually become worth consideration for selection.


5.) 08 May 2018 02:59:05
Don't really get why people hate Iwobi so much, he's been stagnating a little but there's still a decent player in there. Definitely a solid squad rotation option for the likes of Ozil and Mkhi, and meets the homegrown quota.


6.) 08 May 2018 12:38:08
Wire, he's a clown and that all he will ever be. Arsenal will never go anywhere with the likes of iwobi, bellerin or xhaka, they are so poor and do nothing.


7.) 08 May 2018 13:58:15
Steve, your'e always sitting on the fence, I would love for you to speak your mind for a change! :)


8.) 08 May 2018 14:27:37
Maybe I'm old school but hatred for our own never sits right with me. I'll show myself out.


9.) 08 May 2018 15:35:55
Wire, being loyal to your own is admirable but that doesn't win you anything. EG LOL i want this team to do well, i can't stand the fact that we aren't and that's down to players that are just not up to it. The truth is some of pur players are the reason we are now looking for a new manager and we are in 6th. I am not loyal to dross but i am to real quality. Some players are steeling money from this club and i hope the new guy sees it. i'm sure he will.


10.) 08 May 2018 17:22:57
I am a bit more mixed on these players as in my heart I would love to see them all do well in our shirt, but you know deep down that there is nothing different between them and all the other nearly players we have had in the team over the years, if they weren't playing for us, they would probably be a nothing special player plying their trade at a smaller club in another league, just like a Vela, Gnabry, or Reyes etc. I mean that they all go on to be OK players for their standard, but they certainly don't set the world alight wherever they end up, and as Steve says, we need more than that if we are to compete at our level. In Economics you have a wonderful thing called opportunity cost, in that its not what taking option A gives you, its more by taking A, what is the cost of not taking option B or C etc. IMO, this is exactly the principal every club should take with their transfers, and their existing personnel. So sadly, I just see the likes of Iwobi as our current option A, and the longer they stay, I fear it stops us getting to option B or C. In real terms this means no squad space (or financial resources) to go sign players who may really make a difference, or no real opportunity for other promising players currently further down the pecking order, such as a Maitland-Niles or Rene-Adelaide.


11.) 10 May 2018 00:47:43
Fair enough EG.


12.) 10 May 2018 19:20:25
Agree totally Steve, we have players that just shouldn’t be at Arsenal

On another how the hell can Wenger say he is leaving the club in great shape? Ermmmm no your not, prior to the last home game the stadium was half empty, our worst seat run since 1966 and leaving the new Manager a rebuilding job. bloody dreamer.


13.) 10 May 2018 21:59:01
Bannury, worst away run, worst season, worst defence, worse points, worse midfield under his tennure and he's leaving us in great shape. Why is he going?


14.) 11 May 2018 19:02:32
Ageee mate

It’s not in great shape.


 

 

25 Feb 2018 11:11:27
Hello Ed,

I hope all is well. Can you please tell me:

(a) Is the interest in Gareth Bale real?
(b) Are we interested in Alban Lafont?
(c) Have we finally dropped interest in Benzema now that we signed Aubameyang?

Thank you,

{Ed002's Note - A. I don’t think so. B. There has been interest for two years but he could be another the club look at and do nothing - not for the first time. He has not been on the want list recently and would likely not be first choice. C. Not unless Lacazette leaves, they will look for someone younger.}


1.) 25 Feb 2018 21:33:53
Great, thanks a million Ed.

I think it's too early to speculate on Wenger staying or leaving in the summer, but you can bet that I'll back to ask about that towards the end of March ;)

Have a great day.


 

 

29 Aug 2017 02:56:19
Ed, is there any possibility of someone buying the club from Stan Kroenke in the near future?

I'm depressed.

{Ed001's Note - highly unlikely he would sell.}


1.) 29 Aug 2017 08:43:46
Why people blame Kroenke is beyond me, as he has rightly supported Wenger. As far as I know he has always backed Wenger financially. With hindsight and if the right manger ad been available then Wenger should have departed after the FA Cup win, going out in a blaze of glory. I would have liked the new Watford manger Marco Silva to have taken over, as he appears to be an intelligent and very capable manager.


2.) 29 Aug 2017 09:52:11
Have you seen how successful any of Kroenke's teams are? They're not, they're cash cows floating around mediocrity. Both he and Wenger need to go before we see any leap forward and as it stands we've got at least another two years of this nonsense.

No ambition, weak leadership and woefully inadequate business acumen. We used to have all three in abundance. Where we find ourselves is no coincidence.


3.) 29 Aug 2017 10:45:03
They are both the problem.


4.) 29 Aug 2017 11:10:44
Kroenke approaches his clubs with a hands-off attitude, content to delegate to everyone else even when he needs to step in. Arsenal have systemic issues - the way we approach transfers is one, the way we approach contracts is another, and the way we approach upper management is clearly another - and they lie partly at Kroenke's fault for failing to make the necessary changes. Wenger, for all his virtues, is blind to how to address his failures, and this is where the owner becomes important.

I have been accused on here of talking bollocks when making this point, so keep in mind this is all my opinion.


5.) 29 Aug 2017 11:17:02
Anyone who thinks Kroenke is not at least a big part of the problem, answer me this:

1) When was the last time you saw him at any game? (excluding FA Cup Final) , and

2) When did he last come out and say anything about the team and the direction we're going?

He doesn't care, we are part of the Kroenke Sporting Portfolio.


6.) 29 Aug 2017 12:12:03
If Kronke is wrong to have backed Arsene 100% without question then he isn't alone, he has a good 50%+ Arsenal fans for company.


 

 

 

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07 Sep 2018 13:37:41
Hello Gooners,

Curious what people's opinions are about Wilfried Zaha as an option for the wing spot. Premier League proven and has been in good form for Palace so far this season.

Ed, is there any interest from Arsenal and do you see the player possibly moving in January?

Thanks,


1.) 07 Sep 2018 17:14:18
Not sure about him at a big club but he's certainly a very good player and an outstanding fish in a less than huge pond.
He'd cost bundles so would be a very risk singing at a very high price, I'd take a punt at 20 million but I think Palace would be wanting 50 million minimum.


2.) 07 Sep 2018 17:32:51
I think he's playing at the right club now, he is a very good middle of the prem player and a not so good top of the league player. Great for palace, he needs to stay at that level.


3.) 07 Sep 2018 17:43:57
And Tbf they would be mental to sell him for less, he's not worth that, but to them he is, he's their only out let, highly likely they go down without him.


4.) 07 Sep 2018 18:41:19
I like Zaha, but we have similar options on the left attacking role in Welbeck and Aubameyang, so he would be an expensive aquaistion. We are far more in need of a left back and a right-sided wing back.


5.) 07 Sep 2018 20:26:35
What's wrong with kolasinac? He looked good whenever he had a chance, and gave us additional physical presence. Although I think he should play DM, Niles was a solid backup too.


6.) 07 Sep 2018 22:01:40
He's injured Jim but was much under used last season despite making a good start with us.
Both him and Lacasette were left out early in their Arsenal careers after making good starts but hopefully we will see the best of them this season.
Someone made the very good point about while back how Kol did well in Germany as a wing back rather than full back so it will be interesting to see how Dick uses him.


7.) 08 Sep 2018 15:05:55
Yeah I agree 62. Although I was frustrated by lac and kol being subbed early or not played, I do believe lac was seen as dropping off more fitness wise in the last 20, and Niles played over lol for his pace to recover when we inevitably lost possession. Lac now seems to be fine and will be interesting to see what Emery does with kolasinac.

I meant what's wrong with him in response to rg61 saying we need a lb. I want Kolasinac to get a fair chance first!


 

 

21 Aug 2018 14:28:33
What you lads think we should do with Ramsey? Love the guy, but no one is bigger than the team.

We can't afford another Alexis saga imo.


1.) 21 Aug 2018 15:06:42
We should do whatever is best for arsenal, Ramsey hasn't done enough on a consistent basis to be holding this club to ramsom and messing future plans up. Another big payrise to a player who is not deserving of one could mess up the chance of boosting the squad in january just fpr starters. I all ready think ozils wages are having an impact on who we can get in. Plus does or did he deserve what this club are paying him. I personally wouldn't be too upset if he left rather than line his packet full of unwarranted cash.


2.) 21 Aug 2018 16:05:16
What have we paid Aaron over the years? Say an average of 50k a week for 8 years?
Try and get our 20 million back if we can but if not hey ho learn from the experience and don't allow ourselves to get in this situation again in the future.
Aaron had some tough times in his early Arsenal career with both injury and being fans most disliked player (he got loads of unfair stick before his super season) But his one season wonder form won many fans over unfortunately it also made Aaron think he could live off that season topped up by his Euro 2016 performances, I think it's best for both club and player to part company asap because Aaron isn't a team player now days and we need players who are Arsenal focused.


3.) 21 Aug 2018 17:11:56
Ramsey is very overrated in my opinion and not worth huge wages. I mentioned some time ago that the wages we agreed to pay Ozil were absurdly high and would cause problems in future negotiations with other players.


4.) 21 Aug 2018 19:01:39
With the players we have, do we really really need ramsey?


 

 

25 Jul 2018 14:56:59
Hello Ed, thanks for all the input.

..................

Thanks,

{Ed002's Note - We don't answer questions about random players - try the relevant pages.}


 

 

11 Mar 2017 11:52:21
Greetings Ed,

I had a question about the influence a player has in forcing a transfer.

With reference to Sanchez, if he wanted a move to Chelsea or Man Utd, does the player have any leverage to make that happen? Or can Arsenal basically decide to sell to the highest bidder?

I understand that any deal would have to be agreed by the player, so if we got a massive offer from China, Sanchez would have the option to decline, correct?

Amazing work as always.

Cheers,

{Ed002's Note - The club cannot force a player to move somewhere he doesn't want to and it is difficult for a player to force a move to one particular side if, for some reason, the club don't wish to sell him to that side.}


 

 

13 Jan 2017 01:17:58
Hi Ed,

Any chance of Arsenal recalling Jack Wilshere from Bournemouth?

Cheers,

{Ed001's Note - why would they even want to?}


1.) 13 Jan 2017 07:04:14
I don't believe there is a break in his loan deal. However, I haven't been overimpressed with him during his time at Bournemouth. He is playing 'safe' to avoid injury and unfortunately he looks a shadow of the player he once was. Once back from International duty, I like Elneny alongside Xhaka. In the meantime either Ramsey or Ox could play alongside Xhaka or Coquelin, once he returns from injury.


2.) 13 Jan 2017 11:22:55
No is the answer I think you're looking for AA23. Wenger wouldn't be able to even if he wanted to I don't think.


3.) 13 Jan 2017 16:26:27
Thanks for the replies,

Although I agree he hasn't been exactly setting the EPL on fire, we're a bit short with Santi out for a couple more months and I think he could help us in midfield.

Would prefer Payet though :p


4.) 13 Jan 2017 22:54:52
No we don't need him back at Arsenal unless the treatment room have taken in some trainees and they are short on work experience.
He's cost Arsenal a fortune in salary he's record is diabolical and his attitude off the field is a p155 take.
He's hardly set Bournemouth alight! .

{Ed025's Note - but he could...if hes careless with his cigarette ends lanesra.. :)


 

 

 

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29 Nov 2018 20:47:01
Thanks for the info Ed, the press was reporting interest in Isco from Arsenal and others, hence why I asked.

Thanks for clearing that up.

{Ed002's Note - I would not hold your breath about Isco but there is interest in him from elsewhere and it seems a discussion was held during a meeting of various clubs in Milan on Tuesday evening.}


 

 

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29 Nov 2018 15:31:44
Fair point Ed, not many clubs have £350k/ week lying around. Unless Real Madrid are open to taking him back, you think we could be stuck without a buyer?

I would certainly be interested in an Isco-Ozil swap, not sure how possible that is.

It seems Emery is keen on having someone more robust and with a higher work rate, although I find myself in awe of MO10's skill and grace at times.

It's a hard call for me.

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal will be stuck with him unless they cut him lose of his contract or a buyer can be found. Real Madrid has no interest in him and Arsenal has no interest in Isco.}


 

 

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29 Nov 2018 14:15:12
No Cesc, no thank you. Angled his move away when we needed him most and he was our captain, burned bridges I'm afraid.

Plus, the Xhaka-Torreira axis is looking quite promising imo, I think they compliment each other well.

Even the hardest Xhaka critiques must admit that he looks far improved this season, although he's still an error waiting to happen at times.

With ME4 and AR8 both leaving, we'll definitely need midfield bodies, but who? Could Emery possibly look to any members of his former club? Maybe the wise Eds could chime in? ;)

Cheers,


 

 

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15 Nov 2018 14:41:40
Thanks for the quick reply Ed, I was hoping it was possible but he would probably cost half the Earth.

Sounds like we have identified Nicholas Pepe as the ideal addition, we wait and see.

Cheers,

{Ed002's Note - There is serious interest in Pepe from elsewhere.}


 

 

 

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13 Jan 2017 16:26:27
Thanks for the replies,

Although I agree he hasn't been exactly setting the EPL on fire, we're a bit short with Santi out for a couple more months and I think he could help us in midfield.

Would prefer Payet though :p


 

 

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23 Sep 2016 10:40:43
True, when Arsene joined us he wasn't a big name manager, and atm there is a real shortage of big names available.

If Diego Simeone could be swayed that would be massive, other than that my shortlist of wildcards would shock many and probably not have much chance of coming to fruition:

- Clarence Seedorf
- Patrick Viera.


 

 

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21 Jul 2016 03:23:44
I'd take Xhaka over Kante any day of the week, that lad is going to become a leader in this team.

I think Icardi is a very nice signing too, he's only 22 and already Inter's captain and scored a bunch of goals in a defensive league.

Icardi + 1 more and we can do something.


 

 

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01 Sep 2015 19:33:53
Mate, United might have overpaid, but at least their 36 million pounds will score goals for them, ours is gaining 1.2% interest in the bank.

And it will be worth even less with inflation next year when the Premiership money goes up again and player values will be even higher.

Gross negligence across the board. Don't be surprised if Sanchez hands in a transfer request next summer when we come 4th again and tumble out of the Champions League in the Round of 16 yet again.


 

 

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01 Sep 2015 19:31:09
So there was no one in world football that was available that could have improved us in any of our positions of need? That's what you're saying?

No one is an improvement on Flamini, Arteta, or Rosicky?

And by the way, I love Tomas, but he hasn't played in how long? and he's on 85k per week, think about that. Then we complain that we don't have the money to compete. Walcott on 140k per week. SMH.

My God, Wenger is a better hypnotist than I realized.