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25 Feb 2019 14:04:34
Good day Ed,

I read a somewhat worrying story about Arsenal being willing to sell Guendouzi for €60MM in the summer, with PSG interested.

Are we really in such a financial predicament that we would consider selling Matteo? I think he's going to be a world beater.


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any plans to sell Guendouzi at this time.}

1.) 25 Feb 2019 20:15:25
He's a gooner and looks like he's living his dream at the moment so I doubt very much he would swap our team for PSG squad place and bench should injury allow for a few dollars more at this stage of his career.
The passion he shows both on the pitch and from the side lines doesn't give me the impression he'd swap playing for banking more money.

In 3 to 4 years time he may out grow Arsenal if he starts to deliver on all that wonderful potential and we don't progress with him beyond 4th place hopefuls by becoming genuine contenders but for now I'm pretty sure he's very happy at Arsenal.

2.) 26 Feb 2019 00:11:52
We should be building a team round Gouendouzi if we are looking to break back into the top four. It is obvious that big teams will be sniffing, he is pure class but he is an arsenal fan and i think we will keep him for a few more years. Him and torreira should be the future of a great potential midfield.

3.) 25 Feb 2019 23:45:48
I would be very surprised if Gouendouzi was sold, he is an arsenal fan, playing for his club st 19. As a club the midfield duo of him and torreira are the future for the next three or gour seasons. The club should be building round players like him. I for one would be devastated if he is sold on for profit over progress. I don't see it.

4.) 26 Feb 2019 00:07:31
I never really thought of this until now but it'll be interesting to see how players with such potential turn out at arsenal. Not putting the blame at arsene but so many potential world betters last 5 plus years all seemed to get to a good point and stopped progressing. Ox and Walcott spring to mind im sure there's more but they seemed to look impressive then get to a point at arsenal and just stop.

5.) 26 Feb 2019 09:25:28
No disrespect to anyone of our other youngsters but Guendouzi isn't Arsenal produced and it shows, he's young he's quite raw and full of enthusiasm and passion.
He reminds me more of Petit than anyone in that respect.
He will run through a brick wall for the team but also has real talent to match all that enthusiasm.
Footballing ability is only half the package needed to make to the very top and if you haven't got the heart the desire the passion to go with the ability you will always be talked of as potential, like Theo always was.



16 Jan 2019 00:30:03
Hi Eds,

When you mentioned that Arsenal would need a GK in the summer, did you know that Cech was retiring? That's some amazing foresight, I must say.

From your understanding of the Ozil situation, is it accurate to say that the club are trying to shop him this month but that the player is refusing to leave?

Lastly, with respect to Denis Suarez, are the two clubs at a standoff between loan vs outright purchase? Or do you think they are still negotiating to get this one over the line?

Thanks Eds, much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - Yes, I knew Petr Cech would leave in the summer. I don't see Owzil refusing to leave - as I have said the difficulty is finding a buyer and the finances. The Suarez situation was held up by Arsenal wanting a loan with an option to buy and Barcelona wanting a loan with a commitment to buy.}

1.) 16 Jan 2019 07:54:50
Cech was clearly leaving as Arsenal made no moves to extend his deal. In respect of Denis Suarez, presumably the club want to see how he gets on during his loan deal before committing to buying him in the summer. We are clearly becoming tougher in negotiations under the new regime. In addition, I am sure we need to clear out the likes off Ozil and Elneny to get the wages off our books and some income to offset against summer signings.

{Ed002's Note - No.}

2.) 17 Jan 2019 03:37:00
Interesting insight Ed, I'd be lying to you if I said I wasn't worried about the state of the club.

The behind the scenes moves with Mislintat leaving and no money being available for the new manager to build his squad paint a pretty bleak picture.

Do you think we should be worried? Or do you think between Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham that we are in a better situation than the past regime?

Penny for your thoughts.

{Ed002's Note - I would not worry about it.}



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.


{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:

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.


{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.




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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?


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.



{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.


{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?


{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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25 Feb 2019 13:54:35
Personally, I love Emery's press conferences. Albeit difficult to understand at times, I can make out what he's trying to say, and have been impressed with both his work ethic and his message.

Has boat loads of passion and preaches unity between the executives, coaches, players, and fans.




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23 Jan 2019 17:19:24
Maybe the Ed's could confirm but there has been reported interest of Arsenal trying to get Athletico Madrid winger Gelson Martins on loan.

Don't shoot the messenger.

{Ed002's Note - If you are a Newcastle fan I can confirm talks. If you a Monaco fan I can confirm a slightly strange proposal.}



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17 Jan 2019 03:37:00
Interesting insight Ed, I'd be lying to you if I said I wasn't worried about the state of the club.

The behind the scenes moves with Mislintat leaving and no money being available for the new manager to build his squad paint a pretty bleak picture.

Do you think we should be worried? Or do you think between Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham that we are in a better situation than the past regime?

Penny for your thoughts.

{Ed002's Note - I would not worry about it.}



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04 Jan 2019 16:42:32
I agree, our defense obviously needs work, but as Ed002 has previously explained, we have to ship out certain defenders before adding further recruitments.

We've been hit with a major injury crisis no doubt, and on the books we have in terms of CBs: Kos, Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding, and Mavropanos, with Chambers only out on loan.

If we get the chance to sign Pepe we should take it.



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03 Jan 2019 03:59:57
Emery seems to like Kolasinac, and so do I, so I hope he stays. He's better as a LWB than a LB in a back four, so it depends what formation Emery wants to go with long term.

Ricardo Rodriguez would be my choice, I think he could be available in the summer if Milan don't make the Champion's League.




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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.