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12 Nov 2018 20:14:21
Heard today we might be interested in Mata . any truth Ed?

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{Ed002's Note - Not sure - he is out of contract in the summer and will have a choice - but he will be looking to play.}

1.) 12 Nov 2018 20:50:53
Cheers ED.



17 May 2018 20:42:56
Usmanov to Everton. any truth?

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{Ed025's Note - there was a story in the dutch press today bambam but how true it is im not sure mate...but im all for it.. :)

1.) 17 May 2018 20:57:40
Lol I bet you are


I’m not.

{Ed025's Note - i want david dein as well mate...but you can keep kronke.. :)



23 Apr 2018 22:51:09
Lot of chat about Arteta . not for me, far too soon in his coaching career.

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1.) 24 Apr 2018 10:52:48
It would be an extremely long shot giving him the job much like Cech trying to score past De Gea from a dead ball situation from his own goal line at 10pm in mid December with no floodlights, a totally unnecessary punt in the dark.

2.) 24 Apr 2018 15:33:38
It really would be very risky giving Arteta the top job. I think for this change to pay off and get the fans back onside they need to go after somebody with more stature and experience. I keep saying for me the logical choice on purely footballing reasons would be Conte but I’m not sure he would fit into the culture of our club.

3.) 24 Apr 2018 16:02:43
I like Conte Gary and wouldn't be unhappy with him at all but he does give the impression of getting fed up quickly if he doesn't get all his own way.
He would certainly find confrontation from some of our players on the training field in the early days
Conte " right Boys I want 8 laps of the pitch from you as part of your fitness assessment "
Arsenal players " which day we got to run 2 laps then boss " :-)

4.) 24 Apr 2018 19:09:28
Arteta is big NO!



04 Mar 2018 19:07:18
Any truth that we are looking at off loading Ramsey?

Thoughts on Low and Ancelotti?

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{Ed002's Note - Yes.}

1.) 04 Mar 2018 20:37:33
Ed, What is the main reason why they’ll looking to offload him? . I think he’s one of our better players in this current squad. Surely Xhaka goes first!

{Ed002's Note - He is running down his contract.}

2.) 05 Mar 2018 11:14:09
Interesting. Cheers for the clear up.



14 Jan 2018 11:52:34
Sanchez left at home a sale must be imminent.

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1.) 14 Jan 2018 15:29:37
him and ozil are gone mate ozil to juv.

2.) 14 Jan 2018 16:50:33
Sanchez is as good as gone, we can only hope Liverpool maybe even Chelsea join the race that way we can eak out as much cash as we can for the transfer fee. This needs to be resolved asap as it will only effect the team morale even more than it is already.

3.) 14 Jan 2018 17:37:47
Does more clubs entering the bidding mean we can eke out more money? If he wants to go to city he can just refuse to sign for anyone else and hang around til the summer.

{Ed002's Note - Which "more clubs" are these? The wages are enough to stop most sides being interested.}

4.) 15 Jan 2018 12:39:20
ozil ain't going Juve, heard of dybala?




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23 Sep 2018 22:48:09
Next three PL games very winnable if 9 points were to be collected that would make it a very impressive start to Dicks Arsenal career.

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1.) 23 Sep 2018 23:57:39
I think it's pretty good already mate, 4 wins on the trot, 2 at home 2 away, that's been a while happening.
We don't look super brilliant but players who have previously struggled under Arsene seem to be producing much more of a shift under Dick even if not suddenly world beaters.
Mustafi hasn't suddenly become world class but his effort and work rate ate noticeably improved in my opinion.

2.) 24 Sep 2018 11:00:20
At this moment no game is a gimme and although we have won a few on the bounce now every game has been hard work and have been vunrable at the back in all games. I think we would be a lot more effective playing both Lacca and PEA together as two central strikers and just one central AM (ozil or Miki) in behind with 3 more combative midfilders further behind in Torrira, Eleney and Gounduzi. Ramsey has been poor and is no where near worth the 200+K he is after and we are still plugging gaps out wide by playing him there leaving the side unbalanced.

3.) 24 Sep 2018 13:51:07
Totally agree again Ryan, seems madness to me to turn a top striker Pea or Lacasette into a below par winger, yes they might pop the odd goal in from playing out wide but in the long run I think you lose more than you gain.
Rather than try and make the wrong players fit your preferred system adapt the system to get the best out of what you've got, and in Lacasette and Pea we have two top quality strikers.



02 Sep 2018 17:36:36
Just shows away games aren’t a given, Spuds 2-1 down at Watford . No one has a right, to win, the stats show we have a win away from home, next please.

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1.) 02 Sep 2018 17:57:38
What’s happened to The Raver, is he still about?

And Dags?

2.) 02 Sep 2018 18:00:18
No away games are easy but we just make them that bit harder. Lol.

3.) 02 Sep 2018 18:08:09
How many did we win away last season 2 out of 19? So 1 in 2 this season is pretty good going especially when you consider the away defeat was at Chelsea too.
Obviously I think most people have realised by now Dick doesn't have a magic wand and putting right all our problems in his first summer without a couple of billion to do it with was unrealistic.
There are things about Emery team selections that have lots people puzzled but ultimately the more often he gets a fan pleasing result the less pressure he will get about his strange team selections.

4.) 02 Sep 2018 19:25:29
I agree 62, not many away games in the PL where you can go and hammer the home team. is there any . The blessing is we have had two of the bigger boys so early on.

5.) 02 Sep 2018 20:41:18
I think so far all results have gone as well as expected because as much as we'd hoped to get something from city and Chelsea away they would have been surprisingly good results for us If we had, but the thing that's really pleasing is we've taken maximum points where expected (even if we haven't looked like world beaters doing it) and that's not always been the case for us.



27 Aug 2018 21:43:49
We are a zillion miles away from spuds, they look excellent, very well organised and look to have several match winners.

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1.) 27 Aug 2018 22:00:44
We've been a zillion miles away from them for a while now mate, people talk about signings and money but they haven't bought anyone and how much has Poch spent in his 3 seasons?
Ok I know people will immediately go on the defensive and demand to know WHAT HAVE THEY WON?
But even though neither Poch or Klopp have won anything they have turned 2 failing big clubs around quickly and brilliantly and if Dick can match them both invented his first 2 seasons I won't be complaining because they may not have won anything but they are always competive whether it's home or away v City Chelsea or Untied.

2.) 27 Aug 2018 22:15:48
No argument from me, Lucas Moura was class. Quality 3rd goal. One down side is that disaster waiting to happen Serge Aurier, jeez he is bad.

Hopefully it won’t be the end of Mourinho because he is comedy gold.

I still can’t get my head around Pogba, I don’t know how many games I’ve watched him play but I’ve yet to see what the fuss was about him. Utter pony.

3.) 27 Aug 2018 22:31:40
I agree Stoner, I’ve never rated Pogba, the PL is too quick for him.

4.) 27 Aug 2018 23:26:27
They have to keep maureen, please. he's got to stop for a couple of seasons, i hope. Lol
Maureen is the new wenger.

5.) 28 Aug 2018 00:59:58
if emery manages to improve us as much as poch and klopp have over 3 or 4 years, but doesn't win any thing do you think he will get as much appreciation as they have or will our fans demand more having had recent FA cup success under wenger?

6.) 28 Aug 2018 07:29:50
It is early days and CL and International football can have a massive effect on the clubs involved, stretching their squads to the limit.
My initial thoughts are that Man City and Liverpool look very strong, whilst the Toot's squad lacks the same depth as their's.
Man U are in disarray.
Chelsea and Arsenal have new managers, but Chelsea have settled in better and have a stronger squad.

PL: Liverpool or Man City
Top four, in order of favourites: Toot, Chelsea, Man U, Arsenal
Outsiders: Everton.

7.) 28 Aug 2018 08:32:24
I think it will be a split Eden mate, I think most would simply enjoy and appreciate being involved again and going head to head with city Liverpool Spurs Chelsea United on as equals even if we had to accept coming top was tougher than ever, getting to a champions league final and beating quality opposition along the way for most would be a welcome step forward.
Of course there would be the Arsene fans who would convienttly forget we went 10 years with no trophy under Arsene and who would harp on about 3/ 4 fa cup wins while dismissing the regular humiliations at Swansea Southampton not the mention City Utd Liverpool Chelsea as one offs.
Personally I'd swap our last 4 seasons and 3 fa cup wins for Liverpools last 4 seasons and 3 cup final defeats to be where they are now.
For me it's about competing on a week to week basis not simply getting it together for a cup run while sitting on the outside looking in for the rest of the season.

8.) 28 Aug 2018 10:21:32
I found it so puzzling, that we were consistently good in the FA cup, but our league form kept diminishing. Winning 3 out of 4, something was right with our attitude when playing in the FA Cup, why was it so different to when we played in the league?

9.) 28 Aug 2018 10:43:41
There is a reason why a team can't challenge in the league, the same applies for, why a team can't win trophies. The coaches job is to sort that out. But first and foremost we must be made competative again. If that happens, our coach has won trophies so we have to trust he can work that out as well.

10.) 28 Aug 2018 10:57:53
Eden getting a good draw helps but getting up for one game is easier than getting up for every week and everything that is thrown at you by the premier league. Cup games are also about attacking end to end affairs, our lot mostly had no problem with the attacking side, it was the defending and the daily grind of the prem. But saying all that, we did go ten years without a sniff and never won the Worthington mug or carriboo cup thingy.

11.) 28 Aug 2018 12:26:21
We did get some good draws along the way no question, the first win we got home draws all the way to the sf and the last win included getting both Sutton and Lincoln on the way to the sf but we did beat Chelsea and City too which to me showed the players were better than they showed most of the time but only if the mood suited them, they played for themselves not the club in my opinion.



26 Aug 2018 20:33:17
Don’t know about anyone else but I’m wanting the matches to come thick and fast to see how all this pans out, it’s a shame ( Arsenal hat on) that the international break is looming .

I have a feeling Dick knows is starting XI and we are beginning to see it . He’s had numerous matches, a lot of training sessions, he must have seen enough by now?

I read a post by 62 which I thought was interesting, he posted a quote from A Ramsey, the fact Ramsey referred to Dick as “he” would tell me that he’s not on board with the new boss yet.

It’s going to take along time for the squad to be settled 2 or 3 seasons possibly.

Banbury Gooner

1.) 26 Aug 2018 21:53:47
I may have put 2 and 2 together and come up with 80 mate but it just struck me as unusual and sounded a bit like Aaron wasn't Dicks biggest fan at the moment, maybe the extra training and home work Dick expects or maybe other reasons but there are advantages to having a happy squad and also advantages to having players with a point to prove too.

2.) 26 Aug 2018 22:42:33
As usual the internationals mess the the job up again. I don't know why but they turn me cold. There has to be a better time/ way to play these games.

3.) 27 Aug 2018 10:55:00
I think uafa is aware that England v Estonia or Malta qualification games are outdated and are pretty meaningless so have introduced this new more attractive friendly system which I don't fully understand but it's a move in the right direction.
Qualifying for the Euros and world cup has to adopt an fa cup style approach where the smaller footballing nations play each other in the earlier rounds and the more familiar footballing countries only take part in the latter stages meaning less games but more credible competitive ones.
To suspend all European leagues to accommodate France v Luxembourg game makes no sense at all.



25 Aug 2018 16:54:36
3 points secured but unconvincing, still Xhaka remains a starter.

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1.) 25 Aug 2018 17:08:29
Hooray, a win is a win but less said about xhaka and co starting.

2.) 25 Aug 2018 18:13:43
Xhaka was a lot better (in fact good) after Torreira substitution.

3.) 25 Aug 2018 18:29:23
Sen, i find it hard to defend a player who is part of the problem. The question to you is, was he good at pressing when he was supposed to. I have a problem with xhaka and that is he should not be in the team, he plays for himself at his own leisure.

4.) 25 Aug 2018 18:37:09
Sen, i had to giggle, " he was good, especially after torreira came on " that tickled me. Some people are desperate for him to get praise. i'm just desperate to get him out of this team, so we can move on. Lol.

5.) 25 Aug 2018 19:19:05
That’s says it all.




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12 Nov 2018 20:50:53
Cheers ED.

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07 Oct 2018 19:45:43
Benaga is quality, we could grab two or three decent years out of him if we are quick.

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15 Aug 2018 23:16:40
Crybaby, I’m surprised the board didn’t appoint you as Wengers replacement, give Dick a chance, he can hardly see what he’s got in friendlies, the PL is where he we realise the squads potential.

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09 Aug 2018 16:57:14
Hang on a minute CB, what’s going to be worse, we’ve spent 70 odd million more than some clubs . He doesn’t control what happens on the pitch .

We were rubbish last year because of one man.

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08 Aug 2018 20:43:54
I agree 62, how can we possible condemn what we have before we’ve seen it perform . I think a few are being a tad harsh and impatient.

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11 Nov 2018 17:26:36
Apart from Xhaka.

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08 Nov 2018 13:20:09
I see I wasn’t the only one who watched Question of Sport.

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07 Nov 2018 19:53:51
Interesting to hear players will be banned from International football if they join a super league.

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06 Nov 2018 13:07:15
I’m not sure it is, deminishing domestic crowds, smaller clubs getting smaller

Each to their own opinion but It might be where it’s going but it’s not necessarily the right move ( domestically)

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{Ed002's Note - You need to look at the much bigger picture. English football struggles because their are too many professional teams and it is not regionalised. The following was written probably three or four years ago:

If the proposal for a breakaway goes ahead, there is every likelihood that the big money from television, sponsorship etc. would go with a breakaway league. It would completely rupture the operations of UEFA and I would expect it would require national associations like the FA to restructure their leagues. Nobody wants this but it is the eventual consequence I would expect. Initially it could be that there is a single 16 team league with 2 or 3 EPL teams making the initial plunge. If I had to speculate, I would think (1) you might eventually see something like five or six EPL teams leave for two-tier pan European league - but it won't be based on the UEFA rankings; (2) the Premier League would be disbanded as an organisation; (3) the FA would restructure in to two 20 team divisions with lower leagues regionalised as they were many years ago; (4) FIFA would ban all players from the breakaway teams from International football - perhaps rescinding that position to stop FIFA breaking up as well - they don't want further issues but the troubles are not going to go away. I could also see many teams lose their professional status. I would think we are probably 10 years away from any significant move at this time.

I hold a reasonably strong view in terms of the need to restructure football in Europe in any case. For me an eventual a breakaway pan-European league would force the restructuring of many of the national leagues, possibly resulting in a British league with perhaps only a couple of professional tiers and then regionalised amateur leagues below that. Financially I do not see that so many pro sides can be sustained within the sport which, like it or not, will see more and more money going in to the highest levels of the game. Governments will ensure that grassroots sport get funding but everything in the middle (Southern, Northern, Conference, Division 2, Scottish Divisions 1-3, League of Wales will not get the funding needed to continue on any sort of professional basis. For me, clubs should already recognise this and put their efforts in to getting there finances in order to see if they can make it to a British professional league that will need to flourish without perhaps six sides that have eventually gone down the pan-European route - and have gone for good (it would be two or perhaps three initially). Clubs like Accrington Stanley will need to carry on as amateurs or face extinction (yet again). Recently Hartlepool has been struggling - again it needs to adapt. The mighty Third Lanark have started their long journey back to the top - it can be done.

The game has changed significantly and will continue to do so whether the Liverpool supporters like it or not. Football at the highest level is big business and attracts the sponsorship it does because the sponsors wish to tap in to the disposable income of the fans and ride the back of the advertising that flows naturally from the success some clubs achieve. Long gone are the days of the cloth-capped, hobnailed-booted, chimney sweep making his way, rattle in hand, to cheer on his team at Anfield on a Saturday afternoon. I have explained that there will be changes, probably within the next 10 to 12 years, which will force the restructuring of all of the leagues in Europe and likely do away with the likes of UEFA. You will have the opportunity to see the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus and the other major European sides play in week-on-week regular competition at The Emirates, St James Park, Stamford Bridge or wherever. Fans of the sides who take the plunge will have the opportunity to visit cities such as Milan, Barcelona, Munich, etc. every couple of weeks to watch their team play. If you want to don your cloth cap, have a pint of wallop with your chums before going off to the local match through the grim, wet and cobbled streets of the Northwest of England where there is smog, dead & dying pit ponies laying on the street and only chips and fried curry to eat., perhaps one of the sides from the suburbs will have survived so you can go and watch them?}



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06 Nov 2018 11:13:45
Valid Ed I could never say never but I’m old school and like the domestic side of it all, it’s far more exciting, of course as time goes on each new generation will be on board with it

Your correct CB it won’t be fans of each club, how could fans possible afford to keep travelling.

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{Ed002's Note - It is a natural progression for the game.}