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12 Dec 2017 17:51:18
Hi Ed,

I ask the same question all the time, so I won'T feel slighted if you don'T answer.

There are rumours now about Ozil signing (for 300k, which is absurd) . What, if any, impact will that have on Jack's future? Does he still have a future with the club? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - The club would like him to resign and it is unrelated to Wilshere Alex. Real Betis and Fenerbahce (who have four PL players on their hit list) will offer Wilshere options.}



12 Oct 2017 17:54:44
Hi Ed,

Any idea if or when Jack will get a PL start? He's been playing well, and fingers crossed, fitness doesn'T seem to be an issue. Is he still a possible departure? Will we wait until season's end before renewing his contract?


{Ed001's Note - I have no idea when he will get a start, but it is unlikely he will leave with Ozil and Sanchez going.}

1.) 12 Oct 2017 18:51:19
That's music to my ears. I would have one Jackie Wilshere to 10 ozil and Sanchez . I know a lot of people don't rate him but I think he's class. Obviously needs to grow up but on the odd occasion of magic I've seen shades of gazza in him!

2.) 13 Oct 2017 11:42:25
I wouldn't disagree on the shades of Gaza comment Sanogo but fitness, attitude and consistency still have a huge questions mark over them at what age, 24? At the moment I wouldn't be looking to extend his contract beyond 1 season or we stand a very good chance of having yet another underachieving player on a great contract we can't shift even if we want to in the future.
Wether your a fan of Theo or not at 29 he's still only potentially good enough over a season but is armed with a contract that makes it impossible to part company even if we both wanted to.
We can't keep backing and backing players in thier middle 20s who are still unproven over a season with super long term contracts hoping they come good.

3.) 13 Oct 2017 12:09:28
Ed, you made my day. Thanks mate!

{Ed001's Note - welcome.}

4.) 13 Oct 2017 14:44:39
We obviously have to be more savy with the contract G62 but I think a year rolling contract could be the best thing for jack.

5.) 13 Oct 2017 17:42:59
Would it be an idea to play him tomorrow and give Ramsey a rest after having played 2 International matches.
The same goes for Xhaka, with fit again Coquelin coming in for him and say Welbeck for Sanchez, who had a lonuey nng trip, as well as 2 matches.
Or would it be best to play our strongest team and ignore the risk of an injury, such as Mustafi's?

6.) 13 Oct 2017 18:57:58
Arsenalex what is it you see and like about wilshere. I just don’t understand it.

{Ed001's Note - makes two of us.}

7.) 13 Oct 2017 19:55:58
A rolling contact would seem the sensible option Sano mate, RG I think Le Coq/ Wilshere partnership is the closest we could currently come up with to the Caz/ Le Coq partnership that worked so well for us since it was formed back at City in Jan/ feb 2015, obviously injuries allowing of course.

8.) 13 Oct 2017 20:52:40
I know people don't rate him D16 but he's lost his way somewhere and injurys haven't helped either but no one can say he isn't talented and full of potential. That game against Barcelona at 19 years old he wasn't just good he was world class in that game.



10 Oct 2017 17:33:01
HI Ed,

Is it true that Overmars is coming back as football director?



{Ed002's Note - No, there is no such agreement.}



30 Sep 2017 04:15:50
Ed, any truth to these stories of Kroenke bids for full ownership?


{Ed002's Note - Yes and it has been on the cards that Stan Kroenke would to purchase the shares of Usmanov since Usmanov made a proposal to buy Kroenke out earlier in the year.}

1.) 30 Sep 2017 22:40:41
cant see usmanov selling to stan. if it happens its a dark dark day for the club.



12 Sep 2017 16:01:00
Hey Ed, there were a few players you said did not figure in the clubs future plans. NOt all of them were sold. Any idea what will become of the remaining lot?

Basically, I'm talking about Jack.



{Ed002's Note - I expect a loan in January for JW - Fenerbahce or possibly Trabzonspor look the most likely right now. Arsenal will also look to moving others on in January if they are still surplus to the needs.}

1.) 12 Sep 2017 16:36:49
Thanks as always Ed, are you aware of Debuchy (still) being considered surplus? He might be of some use as the season progresses unless he/ the club have determined otherwise.

{Ed002's Note - Absolutely. After the failure of the Nice move, the screw up with Marseille and the offer of a loan to uninterested Rennes they will be happy to see him move on.}

2.) 12 Sep 2017 16:41:33
Thanks - given the lack of market for his services, is there any real chance of that happening?

{Ed002's Note - Sure. He will leave in January or the the summer.}

3.) 13 Sep 2017 06:48:02
Tomorrow night will clearly illustrate the future plans for both Debuchy and Wilshere. If either player isn't at least included in the matchday squad then they are clearly surplus to requirements. In respect of Debuchy his departure is a forgone conclusion and I would imagine it is only his £80,000 a week pay packet that is the reason we haven't moved him on. It questions Wenger's handling of his player who cost us £12m, plus £20m in wages over this 5 year deal and without checking I doubt he has played 50 matches. I would take the opportunity to play Wilshere in the EL and League Cup matches, as he will be extremely motivated and it gives one last chance to see f he had what it takes to remain at the club and remain fit. With Coquelin injured and Xhaka due a rest after international duty, it makes sense to play Wilshere alongside Elneny.

{Ed001's Note - I had to look it up because I was wondering how many appearances Debuchy has made. 23! Not even half the 50 matches you thought was a low figure. That is shocking.}

4.) 13 Sep 2017 07:52:35
Thanks Ed001 - If Debuchy plays no further matches for us and remains on the payroll until the end of his contract, that equates to approx £1.3m per match!
What concerns me is when we bought him as a replacement for Sanga, he was keeping Sanga out of the French national team and I was thrilled to see him coming in as a replacement for the excellent Sagna, who I was sad to see leave, yet Wenger managed to play a part in his decline from being a top international RB, to the position where we can't even loan him out.
One of Wenger's problems is that he tends to select the same team, which means quality back ups rarely get a game. As a result they go off form, lose match fitness and become disgruntled. Even after relatively few matches this season, we haven't seen much of certain quality players, such as: Giroud, Walcott, Debuchy, Wilshere, Iwobi, Elneny and the superbly talented Nelson. We could select an experienced team tomorrow, without the likely starting 11 who will play against Chelsea. As many of the first 11 have recently played 2 international matches, perhaps this is an ideal opportunity to rest them anad allow other players to play. With League Cup and EL matches coming up thick and fast, this seems an ideal opportunity to give players much needed match time.

5.) 13 Sep 2017 08:00:11
Debuchy was a huge hit when he first arrived then got injured and Belerin took his place.
The bloke has been a bit unfortunate and in hindsight with Belerin and Jenks signing him was a mistake but no one could have predicted Belerin would come from nowhere and do so well at the time.

6.) 13 Sep 2017 10:50:05
Hi Gunner62 - I'm not sure signing Debuchy was a mistake as Jenkinson has never looked sufficiently talented to become a squad player at the club and has been jetisoned long ago. Unfortunately Debuchy suffered serious injury and Bellerin came through. However, I'm sure that a fit Debuchy would provide decent cover for Bellerin, who must be rested at some stage. The same goes for Wilshere who can provide cover for Cazorla and is as similar a player as you will get to deputise for the Spaniard.

7.) 13 Sep 2017 19:48:00
RG, when we signed him and gave him this contract he was first choice but was unfortunate to lose his place to bellerin as G62 mentioned, so what Wenger can do here the contract was already signed. And his wage at the time sounded reasonable. You can't seriously blame wenger on every thing, yes he made mistakes on few contracts but this one you can't throw it at him too.

8.) 13 Sep 2017 20:17:19
Hi RG Debuchy never joined us to be cover for anyone and we didn't sign him for that either, when he arrived Jenks was looking good and on the back of his good form won an England call up and who exactly was Hector Belerin? One of a host of young Arsenal hopefuls who at the time was more likely to join lots other young Arsenal hopefuls into obscurity as become a star.
No one could have predicted Debuchy injury and certainly not Belerins supersonic rise to stardom but one thing is for sure Debuchy didn't join Arsenal to be Belerins back up player.
Hindsight is a pretty widespread skill for predicting the past but pretty useless skill for anything else.
Unfortunately the Euromillions don't pay out on getting all last week's numbers right this week :-)




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10 Dec 2017 16:39:49
Dear Arsene,

A simple request:

Please start Holding over Mertesacker and Jack over Xhaka.



1.) 10 Dec 2017 17:09:23
Dear Arsenalex
I can't do that because Per had a good cuo final so I must forget his age his past struggles and mistakes and remember only that game.
As for Xhaka I paid 34 million for him and how would it make me look if I didn't play him? It would make people question my ability and player judgement.
Hope you understand
Arsene x.

2.) 10 Dec 2017 17:24:06
Dear arsenalex
But who do i play, when i bring them in and we still don't do any better because they aren't up to it either.
Yours sourly wenger.

3.) 10 Dec 2017 17:54:13
Dear Steve Wenger
Have you ever considered you bought them all so each and every one are the chioces you gave yourself? So if all your choices available are only bad chioces and that considering this that it might just be you that's the problem after all?

4.) 10 Dec 2017 18:25:42
Dear Gunner, no its not my fault, i don't make mistakes, it is the gypsy who put a curse on the stadium because i have a tumble dryer and didn't need any pegs. That is not my fault i prefer a tumble dryer.
Thanks Donald wenger.



01 Dec 2017 11:00:14
Ed! Thanks for reposting the Sharkopod! Very appreciated!


1.) 02 Dec 2017 12:03:59
Do you have the link?

{Ed033's Note - Sharkopods



28 Nov 2017 21:11:17
Hi Ed,

Any thoughts on whether and how the appointments of Sanllehi and Mislintat might affect our January business?



{Ed002's Note - TRy to step back from the thought of January.}

1.) 29 Nov 2017 06:14:30
I believe Wenger is already struggling to juggle the squad and keep all the players happy. He has been fortunate that we have stayed in the League Cup and the EL, giving squad players much needed playing time.
Wenger doesn't tend to like the January window and as Cazorla is the sole injured player, there is little urgency to make any signings. Unless of course the situation in respect of Ozil, Sanchez and Wilshere changes. I feel a reasonable offer of £10m + could see Wilshere move on. I can only see an outside chance of Ozil and/ or Sanchez moving if we secure replacements and they agree to move, as in January both players are free to agree terms with new clubs and their 'value' is enhanced as no transfer fee is payable to Arsenal.
WE are more likely to see players move out, particularly youngsters who could benefit from loan deals and possibly Debuchy and Walcott could go.

2.) 29 Nov 2017 07:35:07
If walcott can play for Arsenal for such a long time, wilshere more than deserves an extension.



28 Nov 2017 13:29:17
Anyone else find it strange that we renewed Abou Diaby’d contract for so many years, but Jack is still waiting on a deal? Disagree if you will whether he should get one, I’m just saying it’s strange.


1.) 28 Nov 2017 15:01:09
A new 5 year deal would cost the club around £37.5m in wages for a player that only played 72 matches over the last 5 years.
I don't believe he will recover the level he reached before his inuries and it is probably best to allow him to move on.
We have youngsters such as Nelson coming through whi can take his place.

2.) 28 Nov 2017 15:31:01
You keep mentioning the young players we have RG but do you remember the 2007 league cup final v Chelsea and all the hype about our young team that day and how bright our future was going to be with them?
Where are they all now 10 years later? Which of them are premier league regulars? Which ones went on to big things else where? Fab
We still have and still waiting for Theo but that's about it to my knowledge.
I'm all in favour of bringing on our own young players but only if they proven capable of being able to deliver in the premier league on a regular basis should we rely on them.
Chelsea have had loads and loads of hot prospects who never come good but some how Chelsea keep winning and competing for titles
We can't go back to the " he's one of our own, Arsenal through and through days all over again.
We need to scout and buy well if we are ever to get back among the big time and any home grown players would be a very nice bonus but certainly should not be the blueprint.

3.) 28 Nov 2017 15:41:01
I'm curious how you got to that figure RG?

4.) 28 Nov 2017 16:16:56
By giving an injury prone player a 5 year contract and a nice little wage rise of £55 thousand a week Sanogo mate.

Makes perfect sense. 😂😂😂.

5.) 28 Nov 2017 17:19:37
Glad he's not my accountant stoner 😂.

6.) 28 Nov 2017 19:01:52
G62 - I don't have any fixation with younger players, but if one first team player comes through it saves the club a fortune and we have to top our squad up with young players, who generally are also homegrown. There is a train of thought that acadamies are not cost effective and one club I recall closing their academy as it was expensive to run, with little return. In Chelseas's case their young players have made them a fortune in loan fees and sales, Indeed, Fabregas who joined us when he was 15, played in the 2007 final you mentioned at 20 years of age.
In the current squad we have players that started playing first team football at a young age with the club and have been a success: Bellerin, Iwobi, Wilshere, Ramsey, Walcott and Coquelin to name a few.
The trouble nowadays is that the PL is so physical that teenage players struggle as a result and often players are unable to perform at a high level until they are in their early 20's.

7.) 28 Nov 2017 18:51:50
Sanogo - Wilshere is currently on £90,000 a week and I assumed he would be pushing for a 5 year deal on increased wages as he becomes a free agent at the end of the season and clubs tend to pay increased wages to players that are signed without a transfer fee. As an example Kolasinac is reportedly on £150,000 a week as we din't pay a transfer fee to his club. Imagine a team such as Everton want to sign Wilshere, they get him on a free so he can demand higher wages.

8.) 28 Nov 2017 19:45:00
So you assumed! So in your opinion if he were to pen a new contract with the club it would in the region of 150k a week. And you based your assumption on kolasinac as we didn't pay a transfer fee to shalke! Thanks for clearing that up. Here's me thinking your just plucking numbers from the air.

9.) 28 Nov 2017 20:51:20
Between Fab to Belerin is a 10 year gap RG mate Ramsey and Theo were both bought young for big money for there age and still to materialise as top players Jack Le Coq aren't regulars for us or in high demand elsewhere and Iwobi looks out of his depth currently, add to this that in combination with the rest of the squad they have never ever challenged for a title it's not a glowing reference for our home grown or young buys.
If we continue to repeat what hasn't worked for years we are likely to continue to be non competive.
It's just the way forward mate.
Better scouting along with higher standards and expectations before we dish out lifetime financial securing contracts has to be better than what we've been doing for some time.

10.) 28 Nov 2017 21:08:04
Sanago, as usual you totally misread my comment. I didn't compare Wilshere to Kolasinac, I just used it as a comparison to show that free players often get higher wages than one would expect. Of course it's a guesstimate as nobody knows what deal he wants or will get.

11.) 28 Nov 2017 21:43:45
So then why pluck a figure of 37mill. And state it as some educated guess. Don't deflect and change goal posts after another crazy comment.

12.) 28 Nov 2017 22:28:34
I can't believe I read that whole thread!



20 Oct 2017 01:44:30
Sorry but Jack’s pas to Walcott to set up Giroud’s goal was nicer than the goal itself. Glad to have him back!





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15 Dec 2017 18:49:17
Bring back Eboue.




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13 Oct 2017 12:09:28
Ed, you made my day. Thanks mate!


{Ed001's Note - welcome.}



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01 Sep 2017 15:11:43
Hard to call him a poison. Really, the lad is a force of nature, and we obviously have a club that will not match his ambitions. He'll put in a shift, but won't be a world beater. Still more servicable than Elneny or whomever else.




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31 Aug 2017 14:27:03
Ed said Chambers stays given Gabriel's departure.




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28 Aug 2017 17:29:17
Hahahahah Sanogolovesbenter. Brilliant response!





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18 Dec 2017 17:36:28
Quinner, I signed up for a membership and bought tickets posted for resale. That said, you'D have to buy a membership for you and your friend. That said, I got pitchside for £50.




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06 Dec 2017 17:02:16
For those of us abroad, how might we send a contribution?




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19 Oct 2017 23:07:11
Glad to hear it! Give him the armband!




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02 Sep 2017 23:09:43
We were lied to, things look grim but whatever, we are the Arsenal, and we'll still be here when Stan and Ivan and the lot have moved on.




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28 Aug 2017 13:11:15
Most exciting end for other squads. This smacks tomme of 8-2 v ManU. Now we'll go out and pay over the odds for players that have peaked and with whom we've been linked for years rather. i don't even know what. There is no alternative.