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02 Apr 2019 20:00:46
Hi Eds,

Any truth in the rumours linking us to Joan Jordan as Ramseys replacement?

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach.}

1.) 07 Apr 2019 10:08:02
Any player named Joan would worry me!



26 Feb 2019 10:30:17
Hi Eds,

Do you know of any CBs we are showing interest in?

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - Ibrahima Konate (CB)
Boubacar Kamara (CB) - very unlikely as talks progress with another side - interest raised by a well respected scout who was then sacked by Minislat
Matthias Ginter (CB)

1.) 26 Feb 2019 17:08:26
Ibrahima Konate pops up a lot ed, do you still think it is unlikely he will move in the summer or do you think arsenal will strike a deal?

{Ed002's Note - It will be difficult.}

2.) 26 Feb 2019 20:19:22
You should be a politician Ed! lol. By difficult are you talking about the asking price or competition to get him?

{Ed002's Note - They don't want to sell, it would be a stupid move for him if he went to Arsenal, maybe if he does move it would be to one of the other sides, maybe he will be too expensive, etc..}

3.) 27 Feb 2019 06:42:08

Appreciate you have just given that list - are there any English CB’s that we are monitoring at all?

{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware of but the club will keep looking.}

4.) 28 Feb 2019 00:39:21
Cheers Ed, I feel like Ginter isn't really an improvement at all on our current options : ( Koyate however looks to have all the tools to be a great but as you say unlikely.

5.) 28 Feb 2019 12:31:30
WE should be looking at Jonathan Tah at Bayer Leverkusen. Reminds me of a future Virgil Van Dyke.



13 Feb 2019 12:27:17
Hi Eds,

What players do you think we will be looking to move out and are any of our players currently linked with summer moves away (free agents e.g welbeck and licht excluded) ?

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - Petr Cech (G)
David Ospina (G)
Emi Martinez (G)
Laurent Koscielny (CB) could leave
Stephan Lichtsteiner (RB)
Nacho Monreal (LB) time to go
Mohamed Elneny (DM)
Aaron Ramsey (CM)
Danny Welbeck (S)

1.) 13 Feb 2019 21:15:54
and jenkinson ed.

so we need a gk, rb, lb, rw, and backup striker. bargain basement sale is now open.

wonder if reiss nelson and the others will be given an opportunity or if they are considered not ready.

have bayern won the race for nicolas pepe?

we need to offload mikhi and ozil, need a dybala player in that 10 position. although i'm now sure he suits our system.

im not too pleased by how emery has handled ozil. he has devalued his stock.

{Ed002's Note - I cannot answer questions like @won the race@ and the likes of Dyall will not be moving to Arsenal.}

2.) 13 Feb 2019 21:30:45
A lot of high earners leaving there, or over earners I should say, hopefully boosting the war chest for the summer a bit. Hopefully 3-4 players come in, 2 defenders, one center mid and a right winger. That would be a very successful summer.

3.) 13 Feb 2019 23:26:37
I hope we promote from within where possible.
Lichtsteiner -> Jordi Osei-Tutu
Elneny -> Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Welbeck -> Eddie Nketiah

Not to mention Nelson, Mavropanos, Pleguezelo, Willock, Saka, and Medley who have all impressed me when I've seen them play.
Avoiding bum signings like Mustafi and instead giving youth a chance like MU and Liverpool have should be our priority next season, leaving us plenty of money for a marquee signing or two. No point signing a bunch of dross who keep the youth players out of the side only to be shipped on at a loss 3 seasons later.

4.) 14 Feb 2019 13:21:15
Couldn't have put it any better myself Wire. This also goes to nearly always buying from abroad, and ignoring anyone already playing in the premiership. I don't get it, as Mustafi and Xhaka have proved, just because they looked good in another league doesn't make them a success in the premiership. No guarantee that a premiership signing will succeed either of course, but at least they can hit the ground running, and don't take a season to get used to the changes in style, pace etc.



06 Feb 2019 19:46:48
Hi Eds,

Is there any truth in reports linking us to Leandro Trossard? Some reports are claiming we have agreed a €25m deal for him. Can't say I have ever heard of him before these reports but his stats this season in the Belgian League and Europa look impressive for a young winger.

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - Leandro Trossard was certainly watched at the start of the season by an Arsenal scout who has since left the club. He is young but I know that Wolfsburg has also watched him. I am not aware of any deal being made and that seems a decent sum of money to pay for a LW when a RW is the real priority.}

1.) 07 Feb 2019 19:50:57
Thanks Ed, is it such a big deal if they are LW? What I mean is can’t a right winger just play on the left? Or maybe I am being naive.

{Ed002's Note - Most wingers can but they have a primary position.}

2.) 09 Feb 2019 19:44:16
unless he's great with both feet playing on the opposite wing will mean a much worse end product, because he will be crossing with his weaker foot or being forced to cut inside.

3.) 09 Feb 2019 22:01:41
Some wingers actually perform really well on the opposite side to there natural kicking foot, Ashley Young won titles with United doing it, I know he became unpopular because of his diving antics but was actually a pretty good player when he allowed that side of his game to shine.



19 Oct 2018 12:20:39
Hi Eds,

Any truth in the rumours linking us to Malcom? If he isn't getting game time at Barcelona then taking him on loan would be great for both teams, possibly with an option to buy. Means that we could see what he could give to the team without the risk of a big transfer fee. I thought it was strange that we were linked with him heavily last january and then all of a sudden it went cold come summer.

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach from Arsenal although I know that there has been a discussion with another side.}

1.) 19 Oct 2018 20:25:41
So far we haven't gone for obvious players instead looking to spot the less obvious and less expensive in fees and wages, I think that trend will continue in January and it will next summer before we bring in any house hold names if at all.




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02 Oct 2018 12:28:40
It really bugs me that we haven't signed a natural winger in what feels like forever. If you look at the top teams in the league (city, lpool, chelsea) they all play with 2 natural wingers with pace, trickery, and both goals and assists up their sleeves. In contrast, we are currently playing with a striker (allbeit a WC one in auba) and a no. 10 (ozil) , meaning that both their attacking and defensive positioning FOR WINGERS is poor. Both players are always trying to play down the middle up front and in the hole respectively. This a) reduces our team width and therefore threat from wide positions, which results in more defenders marking Laca, and/ or b) results in nacho and bellerin having to provide the width, which in term results in us being EXTREMELY vulnerable to counter attacks as they are usually so far up the pitch. I honestly think 2 natural wingers who also know and understand their defensive duties would take our team to the next level, both directly offensively, and indirectly defensively (taking the burden off the full backs to provide said width) . I really hope at least 1 winger is signed in Jan, and hopefully if Nelson has a successful loan spell in Germany, he can hold down one of the winger positions for years to come.

Colney Bandit

1.) 02 Oct 2018 13:51:04
Not many teams play with out and out wingers anymore in a 4 4 2 system most wingers are now more supporting strikers than traditional wingers as was.
If we buy more winger type players they have to come at the expense of Ozil Pea or Lacasette because you've got to have a midfield 3 that covers the full backs attacks and even then the full backs need to take it in turns rather than both bomb forward at the same time.
We are top heavy with central attacking players and we need to make a chioce on them if we are going to buy new players who are more suited to providing width.
Belerin gets so much stick but he is being asked a lot of in every game to both provide 90% of our width and be an ever reliable full back at the same time.
We need to restructure our squad or find a way of making the players we have gel in their natural positions, Pea is a brilliant round peg being shoehorned in a square hole when played out wide and Lacasette the same if Pea plays central.
Lacasette and Pea down the middle or sell one of them in my opinion and the same with Mesut, play him in yje hole or let him go.

2.) 02 Oct 2018 14:03:30
Agree with that Colney, should of cut our losses with Ramsey in the summer and got what we could and replaced him with a winger that better fit emerys system.

3.) 02 Oct 2018 15:30:46
imo a winger is one who can hug the touchline, beat full backs to get crosses in and also score from the far post IE your Sanes, Sterlings, Manes, Salahs etc types of players that we simply lack (potentially Iwobi could fill a void here if he keeps up his performances) . A midfield 3 won't have to cover full backs that get forward if full backs don't need to get forward as much due to playing natural wingers who stay wide which was sort of my point. From what I've seen so far if Emery is to stick to his 4231/ 433 (pretty much the same formation IMO) then at least 1 winger is needed (ideally move ozil 10, get a new RW and let Ramsey rot in reserves) whilst Auba needs to be a bit more disciplined with his role if he is to stay as our LW.

4.) 02 Oct 2018 15:32:40
On top of that i'd love us to sign an exciting player who can get the crowd going by making full backs look silly e.g zaha. We haven't had a winger who can beat players with skill and pace since Hleb! (Don't argue Sanchez because all he did was cut back onto his stronger foot from the left, although it was super effective)

5.) 02 Oct 2018 15:56:29
While i don't disagree with all that's been said, our attacking options are not our problem at the minute. Right back, center back and holding mid are far more important and later on a left back. We have invested heavily in attack and we do not now struggle to score, in fact we are scoring as much as any team. Its purely our defending that is holding us to ransom. I actually think our attack is as good and exciting as it has been for years.

6.) 02 Oct 2018 18:45:07
If we keep Ozil Pea and Lacasette the we have to play 3 4 3 with the full backs being eithr wingers who also have to be fullbacks or fullbacks who have to be wingers.
You can't play Pea Mesut Lacasette and 2 wingers and 2 fullbacks all at the same time.

7.) 02 Oct 2018 20:14:54
I'd like to see 433, but effectively 4213
Torreira xhaka/ guen
New winger laca pea
The best form of defence is a good offence, make the opposition full backs fear going forward, that's not the case when either Ramsey or ozil are the wide player, most full backs will catch them. Chelsea, City and Liverpool all play 433 with fast wingers and Chelsea and Liverpool especially are more reliant on the wingers than the forwards, if PEA embraces the position he should be able to remain just as lethal with the added space afforded to him.

8.) 02 Oct 2018 20:54:16
Do you think Pea has it in him to be a really top supporting winger rather than the star attraction main striker Eden mate?
I'm just not sure that's using him to his absolute strength and it would be the same with Lacasette too.
In my mind you either play both down the middle or sell one a buy a true wide player in his place.
Just my view but surely you've got to use what you have to their strengths or swap what you've got.

9.) 02 Oct 2018 21:30:52
For me - two up front : PEA and Laca

No compromise for either

Then either 4 4 or 3 5 behind them

In the 4 4 2 - Ozil plays the Pires role or dropped

In the 3 5 2 ( my preferred ) - he’s centre stage at the front of the 5 in the middle.

10.) 02 Oct 2018 21:48:57
The winger doesn't have to be supporting and can be the main attraction as shown by salah and hazard and messi and ronaldo in their previous incarnations, whether PEA can or wants to play their, I don't know, but a fluid interchanging front 3 of him laca and someone else could be wonderful. I want to see them both, 2 up top could work, but emery seems reluctant as do most systems these days it's either 1 or 3.

11.) 02 Oct 2018 21:52:54
I totally agree SY mate if used to thier strengths I think they could score 50 to 60 goals between them apposed to the 30 the 35 we will probably get as we are.
Mesut is the perfect man to compliment them both too.
I agree too about the 3 4 1 2 as it would buy the full backs sometime when we lose possession ancient stop them needing to be in two places at one time constantly.



27 Jan 2018 18:54:23
Hi eds,


Colney Bandit

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04 Jan 2018 00:16:22
Anyone else feel like 3 at the back just doesn't work for us? I feel like it just reduces the responsibilities of each centre back, leading to confusion sometimes (e. g when an attacker is running in the middle of 2 cbs, who picks him up? ) . Also leaves gaps between the wing backs and wide cbs when we lose possession. more importantly, it means we have 1 less player in the midfield.

Colney Bandit

1.) 04 Jan 2018 05:32:51
3,4,5 or 10 at the back doesn't make a slight bit of difference to our defending. Poor coaching and players is the problem.

2.) 04 Jan 2018 06:15:50
The problem with 3 CB's is that they are often only marking one forward, leaving 2 spare CB's. I am a huge fan of a fluid 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1, which was the chosen formation of Wenger's during his most successful period at the club.

3.) 04 Jan 2018 16:17:19
It looked OK last night from where I sat, and i think playing the 3 allows us to bring in the slightly more inexperienced Holding and or Chambers without exposing them quite as much as being one of two CD's. It also certainly helps in bringing the ball out from the back with the 3 CB's spread across the pitch. Also, it allows for the wing backs to push more forward. However, I suspect a true defensive midfielder will do the same job but with perhaps a bit more flexibility by playing just behind Wilshire/ Ramsey and Xhaka and slipping back into defense when needed. I know there are few fans of N'Zonzi on here but watching a lot of Seville on TV over the last couple of years that is exactly what he does (or did) for them, where he either plays just behind midfield or slips back to become the 3rd CD when needed, and therefore he, or a similar type player, would easily allow us to slip back into a more 4-3-3 formation IMO.



20 Dec 2017 11:00:40
Watched a football discussion the other day with Terry and Carragher about the player management from both manager and senior players. Terry said that Mourinho pretty much delegated the senior players in his Chelsea team (Terry, Drogba, Lampard, Cech, Ivanovic etc) the role of having a go at the less senior players even if they misplaced a pass! I don't feel like any players in this current arsenal team have the balls to take control of the dressing room (with the exception of Jack) , and can't imagine Wenger being demanding at all. True leadership on the pitch is definitely a quality (outside of technical ability) that we have truly missed on the pitch since the invincibles, and is probably the reason we didn't win the league all those times we were 1st/ 2nd by xmas time. This really needs to be addressed over Jan and in the summer, we need to sign players who aren't afraid to have a go at players who aren't performing.

Colney Bandit

1.) 20 Dec 2017 15:02:20
Its not wengers style, he doesn't like his players to be vocal, like that. Calm and control, that's his philosophy. don't upset anyone.

2.) 20 Dec 2017 17:15:01
I don't understand why that changed Steve. We've had plenty of leaders in his era. Well I say plenty I meant maybe 10 plus. And I don't believe he just decided not to have any leaders because he never changes his mind lol.

3.) 20 Dec 2017 19:46:38
Arsene never used to be afraid of upsetting player or shy in letting people go who no longer fitted in with his plans, Wrighty and Merton were left in no two minds about how Arsene felt when he thought their time was up at Arsenal and players over 30 got only 1 year at a time deals and take it or leave it option.
Now Arsene gives contracts away like confetti to players who look not only past their best but also unlikely to be available most of the time.



20 Aug 2017 12:32:50
Everyone, including Arsene Wenger, knows that teams we face outside the top 6 will happily park the bus as soon as they snatch a goal from us. This makes it extremely hard to try and score goals once we have conceded, as seen yesterday. In our new system, although we can throw a lot of players forward, we are very susceptible to counter attacks, particularly when our wing backs have pushed forward. This leaves our 3 (sometimes only 2) centre backs to deal with the counter attack. Therefore, what must we do to ensure that we are less susceptible to conceding from counter attacks? HAVE A STRONG BACK 3!

I do not understand how Wenger doesn't see the need for a new top CB in our squad, knowing that 1) Koscielny would be suspended for the first few games 2) Mustafi would be recovering from the Confed Cup 3) Holding and Chambers are inexperienced 4) Mertesacker is probably losing is + retiring next season. You shouldn't play a system with 3 CBs with only 1 natural CB! as a result, we lost Kolasinac's attacking threat at LWB (where instead we had Bellerin wasting good chances) and conceded a goal through sloppy defending from Monreal (Xhaka is at fault here too) .

Being Arsenal we MUST be sure to grab the first goal against the lesser teams to make sure that they attack us, which therefore leaves them susceptible to our counter attacks. We must have a solid back 3 in the new system to minimise the opponent's chances of scoring against us, thus leaving us on the back foot and having to try and pull it back against a 10-man defence. Look at Juventus when they played 3 at the back - Chiellini, Barzagli and Bonucci - 3 world-class CBs, with very good cover (Benatia and Rugani) . we can't play a makeshift back 3 and get away with it in the Premier League, it doesn't happen.

Wenger needs to wake up, it is already too late.

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17 Apr 2019 10:17:36
Hi Ed,

Appreciate you putting the list up

However from the looks of things we are only interested in players we can't afford or who do not want to join us? Would it not make more sense to scout players we can realistically afford? Also regarding LBs, you said Tagliafico could be an option if Kolasinac were to leave - are there any reasons as to why Kalasinac would leave?

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - Well Arsenal can afford Tagliafico but his club don't need the money so don't need to sell. Umtiti on a loan to buy would be an option; Ibrahima Konate is certainly affordable. Ever Banega is a player that UE likes and he is affordable. Again Brooks, Pavon, Perisic, Pavon, Troussard and Fraser are all affordable. Kolasinac has suggested a conspircay with an old Arsenal player over Tagliafico being of serious interest.}



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28 Feb 2019 00:39:21
Cheers Ed, I feel like Ginter isn't really an improvement at all on our current options : ( Koyate however looks to have all the tools to be a great but as you say unlikely.

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16 Jan 2019 15:14:26
ive read that Sven is frustrated with the board as it was supposedly agreed that he would be made "technical director" if the job role was ever created by the club. However, Edu appears to be taking this role, leading to Svens frustration. Not sure if this is true but I doubt if Sven left it would be to due to financial constraints - he must of known that there wouldn't be hundreds of millions to spend on players, which is why he was probably brought in in the first place! (to sign quality, unknown players for cheap)

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27 May 2016 13:18:32
Conley and Bandit are both me! haha.

Colney Bandit

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27 May 2016 10:38:31
Moratas goal:game ratio is not particularly impressive, but I read somewhere that if you convert it to goals:minutes played, he boasts something like a goal every 102 mins (nearly a goal a game) . As Moe also mentioned, he is a BIG game player. He scored the winning goal the other week vs Milan in the Italian cup, as well as scoring vs Madrid and Barcelona in the semis and final of the UCL.

From what I had heard of him before I'd ever really seen him play my first thought was that he would be similar to Giroud - how wrong was I. He's technically gifted, a great finisher and header of the ball, and for his stature is surprisingly really fast! is a similar striker to Kane imo.

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23 Apr 2019 09:39:04

your argument about Wenger not having the players you mentioned is somewhat weakened by the fact that every other team in the premier league also strengthens their squads! Its also worth mentioning that some players bought by Wenger towards the end of his era were bought with a reputation and failed to live up to it under his management (e. g Xhaka, Mustafi.

In my personal opinion we will get 9/ 12 remaining points, giving us 75. This should give us enough to get top 4 given both Man Utds and Chelseas poor form (plus they have to play each other which will hopefully be a draw and Man Utd have to play citeh)

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17 Apr 2019 10:18:50
Is there any chance of Sallehni giving up some power regarding the footballing side of things to ensure we get a technical director in time for this summer?

Colney Bandit

{Ed002's Note - I really have no idea, the entire structured is skewed.}



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22 Feb 2019 14:32:30
Xhaka is no doubt a superb passer and plays with 110% passion. He can definitely dictate the play against teams who play deep, however he crumbles when he is put under pressure from opposition midfielders/ attackers (which is something a lot of the better teams do now in the prem) . He tends to be caught out in possession a lot, and considering how deep he drops to pick up the ball, dispossession can lead to goal scoring opportunities for the opposition. I personally don't feel like he's adapted to this in his 3 seasons so far, and therefore feel like he is a liability against the better, pressing teams. Seems like one of those players to me that would flourish in most leagues but unfortunately not the premier league.

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11 Feb 2019 15:07:50
Its harsh to solely blame Emery for our defensive performances this season. Anyone can see that there is no clear improvement in our defense based on both what you see unfold on the pitch and the amount of goals we have conceded. Yes I would've thought Emery would've implemented a better defensive strategy to reduce our goals conceded, but some of the goals are clearly individual errors that he has no control over unless he replaces the player in defence! Also it needs to be noted that a solid defence requires not only good defenders (which we clearly lack in Mustafi, Licht, Kosc and nacho will inevitably decline, AMN not a natural RB etc) but a great understanding between the GK, back 4/ 5, and DM - but this cannot achieved if the defence is constantly rotating and changing each game due to a torrid injury list. Give Emery the summer and next season (hopefully with a fully fit defence) before you judge his defensive tactics/ organisation.

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07 Feb 2019 17:12:57
In all fairness the key difference is that we started the season without a fit LB (with even Xhaka filling in there) and Koscielny, lost Holding (who was our most consistent CB) just before xmas, also lost Bellerin around xmas over the busy festive season and are now without him for the rest of the season, lost Sokratis until end of Feb, and are now stuck with having no real other option other than to play Mustafi and Licht (unless Mavro and Jenko get a chance) who are both full of mistakes and simply need to be rid of in the summer

Emery has used soo many different combinations of back 4s and back 5s due to persistent injuries, its no surprise no solid defensive back line has been established. i'm sure if a back 4 of Kolasinac-Sokratis-Kosc/ Holding-Bellerin got a run of games together with Leno between the sticks then we'd see better defensive performances. There is no doubt we need a top CB and a young, reliable RB to provide competition/ cover for Bellerin (also a LB if Nacho leaves)

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