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17 Dec 2018 17:59:42
Hi Ed,

We were once interested in Reece Oxford. I imagine that ship has sailed.


{Ed001's Note - yes mate I believe it has.}



27 Aug 2018 23:33:06
Hi Ed,

Not to be reactionary, but is there actually any market for Ozil?



{Ed002's Note - The club are not looking to sell him but if they were there would need to be an enormous financial shift unless he were to head to China or perhaps the Middle East. Turkish clubs would want him but that would never be viable. The European clubs who can afford him, and there are few, have no interest and in the US he would need to significantly reduce his financial demands. Arsenal went far, far beyond what should have been offered and with the outrageous payments to PEA drove the club in to a difficult area with FFP wages. The club needs to be smarter moving forward and hope they don’t need to be paying off a manager next summer.}

1.) 28 Aug 2018 07:34:02
On a long term £350,000 a week deal, not a chance. Fully agree with Ed002's comments.
Whoever agreed to the deal should be shot!

2.) 28 Aug 2018 01:16:52
hi ed do you have any insight in to how come the club keeps getting in to the same predicament and unable or unwilling to renew contracts early so players are entering the last year of their contracts holding all the aces.

{Ed002's Note - Players will not want to sign contracts early without a financial incentive. Any clubs running close to the FFP restictions cannot afford to do that.}

3.) 28 Aug 2018 10:38:31
That's worrying that we can't afford to offer early renewals, it's costing much more in the long run, missing out on transfer fees and having to offer even higher wages when it comes to crunch time. Is there a reason we don't normally negotiate 1 year extension options like utd do?

{Ed002's Note - You are worrying unnecessarily about contracts, there has only been an issue in a couple of cases. In terms of affordability at this time, a considerable financial judder was felt with the Oezil contract, HM and PEA earlier this year - regardless of Sanchez leaving.}

4.) 29 Aug 2018 02:55:02
Thanks Ed. My question came a bit out of the blue.



29 Jul 2018 15:16:10
Hi Ed,
Sorry, I have asked this before but time is winding down. What’s the word on Ramsey? We know he’s in demand; will we chance it, give him the armband and hope he stays happy? Is the alternative we had lined up still available, and who might that be?


{Ed002's Note - Is this the "word on the street"? In which case I don't know; but the kids stood smoking their reefer on street corners in north London would be the ones to ask. Else, his agent has been discussing what they can do in terms of a new contract.}

1.) 29 Jul 2018 15:47:15
Thanks Ed. That’s good news. Not that kids are smoking reefer; where are the parents.

{Ed002's Note - In all probability one is in prison and the other on the game (but not reporting on it).}

2.) 29 Jul 2018 18:47:20
And it’s probably the mother in prison and the father on the game lol.

3.) 30 Jul 2018 06:37:24
Give him armband? I still don’t understand that hype around Ramsey. I would be happy to see him go. Same as I was happy to see Wilshere go. Years and years of hope. He is so overrated, I remember one good season from him.

4.) 30 Jul 2018 09:31:31
I'm with you Slovak mate, give him the armband, What like Mertesacker got the arm band for the shining example he set? Look how that worked for us.
I'd really rather Aaron left now because in his younger days when everyone was against him I thought he was much better than people gave him credit for but now we've gone fill circle where he is well over rated by many fans and himself to of course.

5.) 30 Jul 2018 10:02:42
For me Ramsey is a decent player in fact he is a good player when played where ozil plays. He’s just not as good there as ozil. I think he works harder than people give him credit for, my only real criticism is that he lacks possitional awareness at times and is often found out. I agree unless we can get him to sign an improved deal then we have to let him go. We can’t be in the same situation as before when the mood round the club seems buoyant at the moment.

6.) 30 Jul 2018 12:58:50
I agree a positive committed atmosphere is vital to success and absolutely anyone who detracts from that is always going to lesson your chances of success.

7.) 31 Jul 2018 02:25:22
IMO Aaron is best played behind Ozil. His best season with us was when he had defensive support from Arteta and played a box-to-box role, ghosting into the 18 with all the attention on Ozil and firing home goal after goal.

Problem is that as mentioned his positional awareness has left us vulnerable. I'd be interested to see how we look with a Torreira/ Ramsey deeper midfield behind Ozil.



14 May 2018 18:48:42
Hi Ed,

You have been generous answering questions since Wenger’s resignation. Any idea when an appointment will be made? I ask only because, as you have said, the new manager will affect transfers, and we’re all desperately waiting for transfer news.


{Ed002's Note - I suspect that unless there is a change of stance then it could be a matter of appointing a coach who will have very little impact on transfers - so coach the players you are given. There are no timescales. Carlo A is still in London most of the time - perhaps a step back is due.}

1.) 14 May 2018 21:44:10
Ed02 in your opinion do you think there is any chance that ancelotti is being considered ( or someone else ) and arteta as no2.

{Ed002's Note - He doesn’t think so.}

2.) 14 May 2018 21:59:56
Do you see Carlo as a manager who can work with given players ed?
Conspiracy theory: board try for Allegri and fail, encourage Arteta rumours and then appoint Ancelotti as a second option, reducing the fans doubts about him compared to a non experienced manager.
I try not to complicate things, but definitely can't.

{Ed002's Note - He can and it would not be an issue but he would prefer some input.}

3.) 14 May 2018 22:20:28
I thought you said we should discount Carlo Ed?
Ed is the arsenal board just not prepared to hire someone because there seems to be much division amongst them? I feel like the fact that they got a decision out of Arsene early would of helped them, but clearly not.

{Ed002's Note - I did, but options are getting slim. ArsenalhS changed the structure and concerns exist amongst the options.}

4.) 14 May 2018 23:07:43
carlo is off to napoli. Being reported heavily in the italian press.

5.) 14 May 2018 23:23:48
Thanks for your opinion Ed02.

6.) 15 May 2018 00:27:06
ED, is Allergi not an option anymore?

{Ed001's Note - Allegri doesn't want the move now.}

7.) 15 May 2018 01:03:48
Thanks Ed, I know u previously said he won’t be considered but do you think Nagelsmann will be considered now?

{Ed002's Note - I would doubt it.}

8.) 15 May 2018 10:30:23
Ed002, can I just say, your input is so incredible. I used to run all over the internet and read every journalist for Arsenal rumours and transfer targets. It was like a drug that I had to keep trying to find a better hit off. The past few years reading your insight has been amazing. I literally ignore 99% of what I see elsewhere these days. I wait for you to pass your knowledge to us grateful goons, and then carry on with my day. Would love to know some of the Ed's backgrounds one day, just out of interest really.

{Ed002's Note - You are very sweet. All I know of the Eds is:
Ed001 - Florist
Ed002 - Rodeo Clown and Gentleman Adventurer
Ed003 - Florist
Ed004 - Trainee Chimney Sweep
Ed007 - Chimney Sweep
Ed018 - Florist
Ed033 - Florist
Ed333 - Florist}

9.) 15 May 2018 10:40:15
hmmmm. I could use a chimney sweep on valentines day.

10.) 15 May 2018 12:50:47
Apparently there's a trainee chimney sweep on this sure who might be . available. 😁.

11.) 15 May 2018 11:59:23
Ha thanks Ed :) . Picturing Dick Van Dyke chimney sweeps singing around the offices!



20 Apr 2018 12:48:44
Hi Ed,
Does this mean no new business until the manager is sorted?



{Ed001's Note - the whole point of the new backroom staff was to take over transfers etc.}

1.) 20 Apr 2018 17:31:31
Any idea who eds.

{Ed002's Note - What?}

2.) 20 Apr 2018 17:51:23
I think he’s asking what players are arsenal interested in, but not too sure ed.

3.) 20 Apr 2018 18:50:18
The backroom staff are mislinstat and sanalhi Steven.

4.) 20 Apr 2018 18:35:58
Yeah sorry that's what I meant any idea on which players.

{Ed002's Note - Something like this:
Bernt Leno (GK) - Bayern may yet be interested and has resisted moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid in the past. Napoli also see him as first choice. If he can't be first choice with Champions League football then he would likely not consider a move. First pick for SM at Arsenal.
Timo Horn (GK) - may be a viable option.
Jan Oblak (GK) - circumstances are such that there could be significant interest from elsewhere if he were to be available, and price a major stumbling block.
Alban Lafont (GK) - another player, like Sule, that Arsenal have made no secret of their long-term interest but have not committed at all.
Keylor Navas (GK) - Liverpool are keen as well.
Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) - not going to happen.

Alvaro Odriozola (RWB) - if Bellerin were to leave - but won't want to leave Spain just yet.
Ryan Fredericks (RB) – watched a couple of times but a move is unlikely.

Chris Smalling (CB) - interest may leave with AW, but being English gives him an advantage. Harry Maguire might be a better solution.
Medhi Benatia (CB) - first choice in January.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (CB) – Dortmund are trying to fend off interest but if Juventus were to win out it will free up Rugani.
Daniele Rugani (CB) – a bit of a wildcard but has been looked at by Arsenal.

Fabinho (DM/RB) - I expect interest to leave with Wenger, but he will be available.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (M) – another viable option, not as defensive as perhaps preferred but capable of providing a good solution.
Julian Weigl (DM) – interest from elsewhere will win out.
Wilfred Ndidi (DM) Wenger is keen apparently, but I am not sure that is shared by others.

Max Meyer (CM) - I think there is a very good chance that something can be done.
Tanguy Ndombele (CM) – has been watched several times by one senior scout who tells me that Arsenal want him - but I expect Lyon to take up their option.
Maycon (CM) - won't happen, he is heading elsewhere.
Jean-Michael Seri (CM) – still not interested in Arsenal and discussions are in hand with another side.

Nabil Fekir (AM) - it will be difficult because of his club, but something is possible.
Bernard (AM/LW) alternative to Fekir, but Inter (whose interest runs hot and cold) may provide a viable alternative to Arsenal for the player.
Oguzhan Ozyakup (AM) - Arsenal want to bring him back but it won’t happen.

Riyad Mahrez (RW) - if he moves it will probably not be to Arsenal.
Malcom (RW) - I am doubtful he would move to Arsenal unless two other clubs step away.
Andrija Zivkovic (RW) - maybe priced out of a move.

Ademola Lookman (LW) - has been watched at RBL.

Timo Werner (S) – not going to happen.}

5.) 20 Apr 2018 20:43:41
Thanks ed, do you think that the managerial position will be sorted before the end of the season?

{Ed002's Note - There is every chance but it may not be announced.}

6.) 20 Apr 2018 20:44:45
Thanks ed. Some players on that list I like a lot . Max Meyer seems like a no brainer. Fabinho looks a good option, I like Jorginho but I feel he is a step to far for arsenal. I like harry maguire a rough diamond perhaps but I feel we need to brush up on our defensive coaching, maybe comewith the new head coach. I’ve watched federicks a few times and like the look of what I’ve seen, really like his team mate sessegnon but feel again that we won’t be able to do that as he looks a real talkent. Fekir I would blow my load
Thanks again.

7.) 21 Apr 2018 00:20:32
Ed002 what a post! Thanks!

8.) 21 Apr 2018 07:41:45
With a heavy German influence from Sven Mislinstat and Spanish influence from Sanllehi, a German or Spanish manager and players is a distinct possibility.
Manager - Enrique
Keeper - A German is likely as our chief scout is German and Germany provide many top keepers.
Defence - Interesting, as many top defenders seem to play in Italy.
Midfield - Already looking at Max Meyer.

9.) 22 Apr 2018 09:21:46
Thanks for taking the time to reply ed.




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22 Oct 2018 16:45:42
Hi Ed,

Is there any truth to this £40M limit on our spending?



{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of Arsenal coming up with any specific figures at this time and right now the club can only guess at the income from this year - athough not having Champions League fottball is a decent sized dent in the income. Additionally, any guess at figures would also need to take account of sales. It would be reasonable to assume that if Ramsey needs replacing the cost would not be insignificant (say the £40M you quote) and other purhases would generally be funded by sales. The club also need to keep an eye on the wage bill which is pretty much maxed out. Regardless, I would not concern yourself about specific figures at this time.}

1.) 22 Oct 2018 17:29:36
If it’s true it’s a joke,

2.) 22 Oct 2018 17:32:09
The January window will be interesting. Will we able to sell Ramsey and Welbeck, or will they depart for nothing in the summer?
The 5 signings made during the last window appear to have been decent acquisitions at reasonable figures. Assuming we retain the current squad after the window, then the squad could take us failrly successfully up to the end of the season.
Of course improvements can always be made, particularly a wide attacking player. During the summer window, we may need a replacement for Cech, Lichtsteiner and a left back, probably a replacement for Monreal.

3.) 22 Oct 2018 18:37:00
Net spend of 40 mil is in line with what we have been trying to achieve recently. I think the lack of CL and our massive wage bill is a shackle.

4.) 22 Oct 2018 18:41:23
I agree RG. Vast amounts were not spent summer gone and it’s fair to say there has been improvements along with Torreira and Leno working their way in, also Guendouzi looks a snip. We need to get Ramsey sorted one way or another. If we are talking say 40 mil and let’s say that’s for January window then that’s not a bad figure for jan as it wouldn’t be great to bring in too many. We need to see also how things are looking after Christmas and if there are any notable weaknesses.

5.) 22 Oct 2018 23:28:45
Thanks Ed.



05 Jul 2018 15:39:09
Not to forecast doom, but I’m worried that, when we play Liverpool and our lads hear Klopp shouting from the sidelines, won’t confusion set in?


1.) 05 Jul 2018 17:37:38
I'm confused already, why against Liverpool and Klopp?

{Ed001's Note - I am so glad someone asked that, as I thought I was missing something.}

2.) 05 Jul 2018 17:47:09
All the Dortmund players?

3.) 05 Jul 2018 18:44:37
I think everyone was confused by that comment😂.

4.) 05 Jul 2018 21:22:35
Ah I get it now Alex :-)

5.) 05 Jul 2018 21:25:38
All the Dortmund players.



04 Jul 2018 15:17:42
Hey Ed,

Thanks for the list. Any news on Rambo’s contract?


{Ed002's Note - I don't know who Rambo is.}

1.) 04 Jul 2018 16:42:10
The player he’s likely referring to is Aaron Ramsey.

{Ed002's Note - Arsenal made the contract offer a while back but he will have been on vacation and will perhaps deal with it on his return.}

2.) 04 Jul 2018 18:35:32
Thanks Ed!



13 Jun 2018 15:31:58
Loving the decisiveness. Great to see us getting business done. All we need to do is bring back Eboue and the rest of our summer should be sorted.




03 May 2018 22:04:49
Hi Ed,

Not an arsenal question but an Arsene question. Would like to still see him succeed in Europe. Any chance of him winding up at PSG?


{Ed002's Note - sure.]

1.) 03 May 2018 22:30:45
No european titles in 35 years. Why would that change anywhere else. There is a reason.

2.) 03 May 2018 22:54:46
Psg ship has sailed imo manager wise. France job.




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06 Oct 2018 18:17:34
Sorry Ed, you had written if HM and MO stay, so I assumed.

Would be good to clear the books from some of these absurd wages.




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05 Oct 2018 22:47:06
Ed you said if HM were to leave. Is Mkhitaryan on the move?



{Ed002's Note - You will need to point me at where I said that.}



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29 Aug 2018 02:55:02
Thanks Ed. My question came a bit out of the blue.




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29 Jul 2018 15:47:15
Thanks Ed. That’s good news. Not that kids are smoking reefer; where are the parents.


{Ed002's Note - In all probability one is in prison and the other on the game (but not reporting on it).}



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05 Jul 2018 15:39:31
Where did you see this news about Ramsey?





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22 Oct 2018 23:28:45
Thanks Ed.




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31 Aug 2018 04:18:13
Me tumnus hahahahahaha.




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05 Jul 2018 21:25:38
All the Dortmund players.




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04 Jul 2018 18:35:32
Thanks Ed!




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29 Jun 2018 22:22:07
Patience is a virtue.