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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 :-)



16 Aug 2017 18:26:11
Hi Ed,

Is there a specific domino that needs to fall for us to get moving on transfer business? Do we need to sell to buy or am I just being impatient?



{Ed025's Note - not a specific one alex now that sanchez is staying, i dont think the arsenal will do much more business though unless someone goes out mate..

1.) 16 Aug 2017 19:54:55
eds any truth that Gabriel paulista is leaving arsenal?

{Ed002's Note - Valencia are still keen on him.}

2.) 16 Aug 2017 20:15:07
ed if he does leave, knowing that we are interested in Van Dijk, would that make him our new number one target to replace Gabriel?

{Ed002's Note - No.}

3.) 16 Aug 2017 21:11:36
is Lemar still the target then ed?

{Ed002's Note - That is dead in the water right now.}

4.) 17 Aug 2017 07:52:02
Gutted to see you say that. I hope that changes but I can only see us going in with what they want if Alexis leaves.

5.) 17 Aug 2017 13:05:45
Thanks Ed!

{Ed025's Note - no problem alex..




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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!




30 Sep 2017 04:09:54
So, Jack for the armband?


1.) 30 Sep 2017 08:29:38
His he going swimming unattended again 😂.

2.) 30 Sep 2017 08:57:40
In circles with just the one arm band!

3.) 30 Sep 2017 09:01:20
But will he be thrown in the deep end against Brighton?

4.) 30 Sep 2017 09:32:16
I would like to think so g62. I think people forget the abbitlity he has and I know he's immature and a daft sod and his injuries haven't been helpful but I think he still has a big part to play for us. Against Brighton I think we have to go back to the team that won against West Brom but would like to see him come on earlier depending on the situation.

5.) 30 Sep 2017 11:02:15
Maybe just Maybe Sanogo with Jack fighting for his Arsenal and possibly even premier league future we might yet see him finally knuckle down and mature?
Injury is always a big concern obviously and at Bournemouth the only way he seemed to stay fit was staying out of the action for 85 minutes per game, obviously he can't do that for us England or any team really.
He could yet be a big asset to us but the odds are getting longer each season mate.

6.) 30 Sep 2017 11:54:51
People have to remember that on his previous two returns from injury towards the back end of 13-14 and 14-15 seasons he was great and it was seen at the time as a massive blow that he picked up two bad injurys. He also got goal of the season in both seasons and the only ever player to get it in back to back seasons. Some of the link up play midweek showed me that he still has it. He loves the club and is a gunner through and through. With keeping off the treatment table and grows up abit then he doesn't just walk into the side but the England starting 11 as well.

7.) 30 Sep 2017 21:26:24
Gunner are you comparing him to Ozil, with that assessment of 85% out of the game and not tackling. Are you saying he could be our very own Ozil replacement. Or are you saying he can come off the bench for the last 15% of the game and give us his all. Give him another pay rise. Lol.

8.) 30 Sep 2017 22:01:35
Steve if there wasn't the injurys that have blighted his career and it was just poor performance after poor performance with a combination of juvenile behaviour then I'd agree. But injurys are not really anything (to a degree considering how he can be reckless at times ) he can do much about .

Contracts don't tend to be one year affairs and when players have been offered contracts it tends to be on the back of good showings not after two years in the treatment room or crap performances. the problem with us is the so called socialist wage policy not so much giving under performers lucrative contracts.

9.) 01 Oct 2017 11:21:07
Sano, I used to think Wilshire was one of the few English players ever, who had real footballing ability. While he still has, to some degree, the last 5 years have taken their toll and I personally don't think he will ever get to the heights he should and could of. I don't think he will last until Xmas but he could prove me wrong.



14 Sep 2017 23:11:40
Missed the game. Someone please tell me that Jack was a champ! Seemed from the feed he came on to good effect.


1.) 15 Sep 2017 00:51:44
A few good touches and lively enough.

2.) 15 Sep 2017 12:59:09
Wilshere played reasonably well during the shirt time he featured.
As Cazorla is injured, I would like to see Wilshere given every opportunity to replace him, as he as similar a player you will get to Cazorla.

3.) 15 Sep 2017 13:42:05
Agree with you all, Wilshere is a ready-made replacement for Cazorla when fit. He is even slightly more physical than Santi in his defending. That also comes with the constant threat of him being injured.

Perhaps this history, and natural maturation, have led him to be less rash/ reckless with his body. I would like to see him used more and more to get match-sharp; he is one who will at least push for a starting spot. Some of our current squad players don't seem terribly concerned to do so.

4.) 15 Sep 2017 14:12:43
Le Coq and Wilshere If and when both fit of course? It's not failed yet so it does have the advantage over Xhaka and Ramsey combo that's tried and failed.
Le Coq and Caz worked well together so maybe just maybe it would the answer to our biggest problem area.



09 Sep 2017 19:18:15
Guess that's it then, problems solved.


1.) 09 Sep 2017 19:31:22
Yep. We are going to win the League now 😁.

2.) 09 Sep 2017 23:18:04
Dags stop it mate you are killing me with all the optimism today. You better get off those specs mate lol.



02 Sep 2017 19:22:54
Two players in and a net spend of - £18.6m, wow. Hope season ticket holders are getting a dividend or something.


1.) 02 Sep 2017 21:50:43
Yes it's good to see the burden of the move is not around our knocks no more and we can compete with the top teams in Europe. Remind me again, why did we build a big stadium, to increase revenue, who is it for.

2.) 02 Sep 2017 22:12:41
The prawn sandwich brigade mate.




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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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28 Aug 2017 15:49:39
In response to CFCShak's "Hopefully the board will back Wenger. " I'm not sure the man wants to spend. 55M is too much for young French winger phenom, and we decide not to spend, but can lavish wages on Gibbs, Coq, El Neny to sit on the bench. It's a farce.





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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.




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16 Aug 2017 18:27:50
Following up on Steve's post, the year we bought Ozil, we should have splashed on Higuain.




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16 Aug 2017 18:27:05
Malaga with a spot on comment!