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12 Jan 2018 12:11:54
Rumours of Walcott to Everton for £20mill. That would be good business for both sides i think.


1.) 12 Jan 2018 13:18:51
I'd be happy with a free transfer to be honest, in 12 years he's been decent for a total of about 1 and a half seasons.

2.) 12 Jan 2018 23:15:03
ValleyGooner, Chuba Akpom got done for drink driving.



09 Aug 2016 23:50:30
We're very light on the rumours front especially as we're reaching the arse end of the transfer window. I know there's been issues previously but would any of the ed's who are still happy to post be kind enough to provide / pass on any info they may have regarding Arsenal transfers.

I'm sure I speak on behalf of most on the page when I say we'd be hugely grateful.


{Ed001's Note - there is not a lot happening mate. You have an offer on the table for Mahrez, which it looks like he has no interest in. You have been rebuffed on a number of centre backs, such as Mustafi, and it looks like you have given up. Though other moves around Europe could open up possibilities for late moves, it does seem unlikely.}

1.) 10 Aug 2016 08:59:11
Ed can you elaborate on mahrez. Is it the club or the player stalling? Have we agreed a fee?

{Ed001's Note - neither the player nor Leicester want him to move this summer.}

2.) 10 Aug 2016 09:27:43
Ed, when you say we have been rebuffed by Mustafi, is that by the club or player?

{Ed001's Note - club, offer was not enough.}

3.) 10 Aug 2016 09:58:19
Arsene is getting on a bit. I hope he gets to the point where senior people just stop caring and he just goes "F*** it" when it comes to transfer bids.



03 Jan 2015 13:55:06
Tabloids claiming we're actually eyeing Teddy Bishop not Mings from Ipswich. Any truth in this Eds. it's a position we are pretty fully stocked in? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - It would be an AND rather than a NOT.}

1.) 03 Jan 2015 17:11:29
To be fair Artea Flamini Diaby contracts all expire in the summer Rosicky and Cazorla next summer and with4 of the previously mentioned the wrong side of 30 it wouldn't hurt us looking into some youthful midfielders for the future




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27 Jan 2018 13:12:17
Hi Ed, if the Aubameyang deal fails to materialise who is Arsenals second choice? And would/ are the board considering Arsene's preferred choice of Benzema as you quoted in a previous post? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - They won’t look to buy for the sake of it.}



17 Jan 2018 12:29:07
Hi Ed 002, do you have an update on Oezil's situation? Does he genuinely want to move on, and is anyone remotely 'close' to agreeing terms with him?

Reading between the lines on one of your other posts you say Mkhitaryan would be his replacement, and we seem pretty serious about the Sanchez / Mkhy swap so would i be right to assume he's pretty much out the door already?



{Ed002's Note - There is no update as far as I know. Unless there is a significant change I would expect him to leave in the summer.}



08 Jan 2018 00:19:04
Ed, question for you. With the backroom changes does Wenger still have a hand in with transfers or is this the responsibility of the new comers now?


{Ed001's Note - he still has a say yes.}



08 Jan 2018 00:54:23
Away from the on pitch shenanigans I was reading the Soccerex 100 report today which states Arsenal are the 2nd most financially powerful club in the world, only behind Man city, and with Qatar Oil Money FC PSG sitting in 3rd.

From a business point of view that's an absolutely incredible feat. To have a debt of just $8mill, $750+mill of assets and $300mill in the bank after all the money spent on the new stadium and Colney is seriously impressive. Whatever may be happening on the pitch there are some smart business men running the show behind the scenes.

Don't know whether this makes the current scenes harder to take knowing we can be doing so much more, or if it gives hope that.


1.) 08 Jan 2018 02:33:51
Slightly misleading as i read somewhere that sanchez was valued at 150 mil and ozil at 110mil. Not sure what the other players were valued at but that makes it slightly misleading. We are one of the few clubs that has a large surplus in the bank, where other clubs operate at a debt. What matters the most ultimately is if the business model and success model are working together. Man city all of a sudden bigger than barca, real, man u, bayern and the milans. Come on they are having a laugh.



03 Sep 2017 10:01:25
First off i'd say there's definitely 'some' (how much that is i don't know) unrest at Arsenal. Hopefully the eds can help but what's the root of all this? Is it disgruntled player(s) rocking the boat (rotten apples so to speak) ? Is it Wengers bad management? Are the board interfering? Is it the fans/ media getting in the ear of players/ the board?

Don't know how close to the club the Eds are but now the transfer merry-go-round is over would love an insight into what's going wrong?


{Ed002's Note - What you haven't said is how this "unrest" has manifested itself - so I don't know what you are talking about.}

1.) 03 Sep 2017 11:01:16
Ed, something happened last January and my money is in Sanchez p£ssing off some team members. Clearly there is unrest in the squad - can you share any insight?

{Ed002's Note - We know that Sanchez wants to leave Arsenal and the Arsenal failed to deal with the matter leaving them with an unhappy player. I am not aware of him doing anything in January to upset his teammates.}

2.) 03 Sep 2017 11:40:15
In my opinion people Want it to be a Sanchez problem especially now he's made it cleae he's off asap because that keeps everything nice and cosy elsewhere.
If we had 11 problems like Sanchez last January we would have had a very different season and all would be looking much brighter than it is now.

{Ed025's Note - he certainly appears to be the scapegoat G62 well amongst the players anyway, its a difficult time at the emirates thats for sure but it is what it is and it does not necessarily mean that arsenal cant do some damage this season, there are still some fine players in the squad and now its time for the supporters to get behind the team and show them some love, this is still one of the biggest clubs in the game and its time to step up to the mark for the fans and staff alike, so come on gooners show your class..

3.) 03 Sep 2017 11:43:30
Ed002 - Perhaps its the constant flapping of arms, rolling of head, and pointing of fingers when he runs into yet another a blind alley?

4.) 03 Sep 2017 12:21:46
UC 25 goals 14 assists, the only player that every team in the top six, the fans of other teams would have. Scored at a similar rate to wrighty and Henry, what do you look at.

5.) 03 Sep 2017 12:23:00
90 minutes of commitment effort and determination while wearing the shirt from all 11 players on the pitch and I'm on board Ed025 mate.
In my opinion Arsene and the players have to give the fans something to get behind and win them back over simply because they are the ones who have given the impression of simply going through the motions and are extremely happy to do so for a very long time now.
Show up against Bournemouth and Chelsea with a much improved attitude and 100% effort for 90 minutes in both games and win lose or draw and I they will go up a long way in my opinion of them mate.
I've never deamaded titles just to compete to the best of out ability because you can't ask for more that from anyone, but I don't think we've been getting that from the team over a season for a very long time now.

6.) 03 Sep 2017 12:30:25
Agree gunner. Sanchez is a winner, very rare commodity at arsenal. If some of the others had a better attitude we may get better results and happier fans.

7.) 03 Sep 2017 12:03:48
Ed, from an outsiders view it's hard to know exactly how and why it's manifested itself. From a regular fans view we can all see the media, pundits / ex players, and fans negative comments as of late. i'd just be interested to know your point of view/ opinion from someone who has a little more insight than most.

To be honest I struggle to believe the recent hype and like to think things aren't all that bad. but maybe that's because my glass is half full.

{Ed002's Note - The problems at Arsenal date back to the whole fiasco about Wenger when the club were looking at a way forward but Wenger had wrested enough control to derail it to some extent. They spoke with options as I explained last year but that ended up going nowhere. Going forward it would make a lot of sense to have a Sporting Director/Director of Football to work with a new manager. The great fear as I see it will be having Wenger now making the decision on a new manager - and even potentially taking the Sporting Director role himself. My view would be for the board to put the effort in to finding someone to take over this summer and to look to a Sporting Director to come in. They could go with the heart and perhaps look to Viera as a Sporting Director to work with a more experienced manager or look to a high-end Sporting Director like Zorc and then look to a manager who could work with him.

As for the players, they are simply transient employees. If they are unsettled and want to move on, get the best deal possible and replace them. It quickly deals with disruption.}

8.) 03 Sep 2017 12:50:16
Steve the way I see it is if a band kept turning up drunk at their concerts forgetting the lyrics and all played different songs to each other it wouldn't be long before people quite rightly stopped going to see them.
If they decided to clean up thier act they would have to start somewhere with smaller crowds and rebuild there reputation before playing the O2 again.
It's uo to the team to show the world what playing field Arsenal means to them and so far what they have shown has been underwhelming to say the least.

9.) 03 Sep 2017 13:04:49
Ed002, spot on with your final statement.

I'm not "in the know" about internal club dealings BUT, it seems odd that a club worth about a billion quid relies on a single man for the day to day. This just doesn't happen in other businesses (that I know of) . There is more to this entire saga than meets the eye.

For years now, Wenger has been as good as a sure thing as you can get in football. Top 4 finishes every year, champions league qualifications every year, minimal spending every year. If I had an employee like this, I'd give him a raise too because at the end of the day, I want to be making money. What I, as the owner of a company, will NOT tolerate is an employee cutting corners and and delivering subpar results. If he did and I did nothing about it, it would be entirely my fault as the owner of said company.

People constantly state that Arsene controls ever facet of the club. Think about this logically for a second. This isn't a mom and pop eatery. This isn't some small fry operation. This is a business worth in excess of a billion quid. Does anyone really believe that Arsene Wenger is pulling ALL the strings? Well, maybe you do, but I don't. Something doesn't smell right about any of this.

10.) 03 Sep 2017 13:37:56
Cheers Ed it's nice to get your thoughts as well as the facts. It just beggars belief that after all of that Wenger was still offered a further 2 years. Though i can see the flip side of (the appearance of) stability over bringing in a stop gap whilst no one suitable was available.

When the time comes I think it's best Wenger steps away from Arsenal football club completely and we make a fresh start. Think even in a backroom role he'll still hold too much authority within the club. even if he doesn't want it. Staff will still look to him out of habit.

{Ed002's Note - That would be myu concern aswell.}

11.) 03 Sep 2017 14:31:32
If Arsene appoints the next manager and stays in control behind the scenes then it really is time to give up on Arsenal football club then that would be time to call it a day once and for all for me.
I like Arsene and respect his past record before the Emirates but I'm in no way shape or form prepared to support Arsene Wenger fc, things are bad enough now.




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12 Jan 2018 11:50:47
I thought Mikel Arteta was being lined up to replace him?




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02 Feb 2017 20:47:56
I like the fire in him, typical arsenal cliche, but I think he has potential. He's still not fully used to the pace and movement of the prem leaving him half a yard off the pace of the game, resulting in a few rash challenges and the bookings/ sendings off. Once he's adapted I really think his aggression could be something we've been missing for so long.




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21 Jan 2017 02:07:49
Thanks Ed2, presumably it'll be unlikely we'll try and push for a deal this window, but rather the summer?


{Ed002's Note - Nothing will happen before the summer and much will depend on whether he wants to be a bit part player next season and a couple of other matters.}



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20 Jan 2017 16:12:19
Hi ed, are there any names in the hat for Santi's long term replacement? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - Gabriel Boschilia and Otavio remain of interest.}



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20 Aug 2014 11:50:14
Am I the only one who Googled 'life span of fruit fly'. looks like we have up to 40-50 days to expect a signing. ;)





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17 Jan 2018 12:40:25
In reply to sparkys original post, i don't think those signings would make 1 iota of difference as they wouldn't be Wengers signings, especially Auybamalangadingdong who he isn't interested in.




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01 Jan 2018 20:08:09
Steve, not sure if you've kept up with the off field action but we've overhauled the entire player acquisition team bringing in some of the best, including a director of football in preparation for Wengers retirement. In my eyes that's ambition, no?




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30 Dec 2017 17:29:22
I can see Ozil staying, the last month odd he's looked like he's really enjoying playing for Arsenal. There are big changes going on at the club and I think this is the ambition the players have been wanting to see to encourage them to stay.




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30 Dec 2017 17:21:29
I'd like to see Debuchy play a few games. I thought he played well against Red Star in Europa. Plus a bit of competition for Bellerin might give him the kick to up his game to the level we all know he's capable of.




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03 Sep 2017 13:37:56
Cheers Ed it's nice to get your thoughts as well as the facts. It just beggars belief that after all of that Wenger was still offered a further 2 years. Though i can see the flip side of (the appearance of) stability over bringing in a stop gap whilst no one suitable was available.

When the time comes I think it's best Wenger steps away from Arsenal football club completely and we make a fresh start. Think even in a backroom role he'll still hold too much authority within the club. even if he doesn't want it. Staff will still look to him out of habit.


{Ed002's Note - That would be myu concern aswell.}