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25 Jul 2017 13:15:20
I did use the search bar and could only find an answer from ed002 in may and I'd imagine things may have changed by then. Was wondering if it's true that arsenal are interested in Ross Barkley. I thought he'd stay or go spurs but now the favourites are suddenly arsenal. Was wondering if ed could kindly shed some light on the situation regarding Barkley. Thanks either way.


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

1.) 25 Jul 2017 17:09:27
Thank you ed. apologies that I asked the same question as someone else there.

{Ed002's Note - No problem.}



24 Jul 2017 10:57:48
Thought I'd push my luck seeing as Ed002 has been kind enough to answer a few lately. No worries if not tho. I saw on the Liverpool page few weeks ago that arsenal wanted further discussions with Southampton regarding van dijk. Was wondering if anything came if this seeing as he has been left out of there tour. I'd expect if he moves it'll be to Liverpool but thought I'd ask.


{Ed002's Note - Neither Arsenal nor Chelsea has had any further discussions as they have been told he is not for sale. If that changes, Southampton know of the interest.}



20 Jul 2017 12:42:22
Hearing we resigned Wellington silva for 3.5m and immediately sold him for 5m indicating we had a buy back clause.


1.) 20 Jul 2017 17:00:56
Funny we didn't have the foresight with gnabry.

2.) 20 Jul 2017 22:59:48
Steve players ain't pieces of meat. What happens if gnabry didn't want to be bought back? It's not something that is all in arsenals control mate. Stop making up nonsense to beat the club with all the time.

3.) 21 Jul 2017 10:46:35
It's not nonsense, it's fact.



05 Jul 2017 09:58:28
Richard keys is saying alexis will be going city and mahrez will be coming in next to replace him. Maybe he knows something from people in the game but I'm not really a fan of this move. Alexis with his contact will fetch us 50m max I reckon. Mahrez will cost 40m. Unless alexis is being a complete git about leaving is that really worth doing. Personally I'd rather keep him another year then lose him for free then look for someone new. Not like we're short on money surely.


1.) 05 Jul 2017 12:18:58
I don't want to sell him. We really need to keep him!

However, 50 mil for Sanchez and get rid of some of the dross we have in the team, we could make about 70/ 80 mil!

That covers the lacazette transfer. Bring in Mahrez and then add someone say Carvalho in the center?

5 at the back,
ramsey and carvalho (or xhaka and carvalho) in the middle.
Mahrez, Ozil and Lacazette from 3! (iwobi, welbeck, Ox and Walcott if needed)

2.) 05 Jul 2017 12:51:02
If Sanchez forces a move, then Lacazette and Mahrez wouldn't be too bad in the circumstances.

3.) 05 Jul 2017 12:54:10
sanchez out for 50 mill would be great he is only starting his holidays then needs a pre season he was also carrying an injury he prob won't be fully fit and effective until end of october if he went to city he would not walk into the team so they prob would not get much out of him until december january anyway, i say say take it, unless he wants an extension of course .

4.) 05 Jul 2017 13:22:04
I think Mahrez would be a massive waste of money.
Was relatively unknown before he had a great season with Leicester.
Had a massive sulk last year because he didn't get his move and will
be same again this season. Do not want!

Much rather we go for Lemar! Younger and has a lot more to offer!

5.) 05 Jul 2017 15:09:35
I'm hoping with say the expected 2 signings and mahrez that reports are true and alexis just wants to see ambition. That may convince him to stay. Who knows.

6.) 05 Jul 2017 15:16:40
Disagree bud. So what if was unheard of 3 years ago?

I seem to remember Hazard having a sulk too the season before last (after also winning player of the year) , everyone forgets that after last season. Mahrez still has the quality I'm sure. Granted could be a gamble, but what transfer isn't (aside players who Arsenal simply can't get) ?

7.) 05 Jul 2017 15:41:53
Its a fair point but he is nowhere in Hazards league.
Hazard has been doing it consistently since his breakthrough season at Lille and he has had one poor season at Chelsea. Mahrez only had one great season. Can you really see Mahrez replicating his Leicester title winning form for us and even coming close to winning player of the season? I just can't. I'd love to be wrong but I still think this is a silly transfer.

8.) 05 Jul 2017 16:02:55
I understand illbill, but at least he HAS done it, and is used to the PL. Who's to say Lemur won't take a season to settle into the lifestyle? Given our realistic options I say it's worth a punt and not a massive waste of money. Coyg.

9.) 05 Jul 2017 16:45:13
Yeah but so did loads of players. for example Amr Zaki, Roque Santa Cruz and Michu. All had amazing seasons in the premier league and never replicated the form again. So saying he HAS done it hardly has any credibility because of 1 season.

Lemar is the far better option imo, he has pace, can finish, great skills, can pick out a pass and is 5 years younger. Looks to me as he has much more to offer in the long run than Mahrez.
I'm guessing you don't agree but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. All transfers are risky but i'd much rather us sign Lemar if we had a choice out of the 2 players.

10.) 05 Jul 2017 16:46:27
Spot on for me scar. I think he could be a huge signing. It's no more of a gamble than lacazette is. Maybe less of a gamble as he is proven in the prem. just hope he is a brilliant addition to the team not alexis'a replacement.

11.) 05 Jul 2017 17:17:57
Mahrez isn't good enough We need someone much better than him.

12.) 05 Jul 2017 17:44:34
Yeah but how many great seasons has Lemar had? Don't get me wrong I like him but I fail to see that much more logic in signing him over Mahrez aside his age and he might have a nicer personality!

Mahrez's champions league stats weren't too shabby.

13.) 05 Jul 2017 18:12:15
Mahrez is top quality, the only question marks are his price and his temperament.

14.) 05 Jul 2017 20:52:27
Steve you are bang on this time. Mahrez can be a beast for us and it's all about motivation. I hope we have enough leadership to keep him focused.

15.) 06 Jul 2017 08:55:59
Mahrez isn't good enough for Arsenal despite being premier league player of the year in 2016?
Arsenal are way to good for the likes of Mahrez despite the fact we are asking him to leave a team that has achieved two things in the last 2 seasons we haven't got close to achieving, a premier league title and a champions league QF.
Sorry but some fans need to pop down to spec savers and get some real glasses rather than those special Arsenal ones because they are giving them a very distorted veiw of reality.

16.) 06 Jul 2017 11:56:30
Mahrez is a good player. I think he would flourish in a team with more quality around him. his dribbling skills are better that Lemar's. His attitude problems are disappointing though.



03 Jun 2017 16:18:41
Word is going around mertesacker is set to retire. Absolutely amazing Game to go out on and will no doubt be a brilliant backroom addition.


1.) 03 Jun 2017 16:53:14
Yes shame it won't be with us. He's too opinionated for wengers liking.

2.) 03 Jun 2017 17:46:36
Apparently it will be with us. But we can pretend he's not just so you can have digs at our manager if you like?

3.) 03 Jun 2017 17:47:45
Oh I don't know he would fit in nicely with our coaching staff I think, he's more than capable of ducking issues​ :-)

4.) 03 Jun 2017 20:09:26
Drop it mate. Let it go 😁.

5.) 03 Jun 2017 20:37:25
Dags it's ancient history mate :-) but still funny.

6.) 03 Jun 2017 21:20:51
I know 😂.

7.) 03 Jun 2017 22:21:11
He still played a game of his life to help us win the fa cup.

8.) 04 Jun 2017 00:27:14
Let's also not forget the equalising goal in the final moments against Wigan in the semi-final, that led us to our first trophy in 9 years.

9.) 04 Jun 2017 07:50:08
He did indeed Moe and he was pretty impressive against Vila in the final 3 years back too.




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24 Jul 2017 12:24:21
Brilliant thank you Ed. Interesting you say Southampton will let them know. In the press Arsene said we are respectful to clubs we ask them what they want to do and if they say so and so is not for sale we don't insist.

He also seemed to indicate that was not the case with psg regarding Alexis. If this is true why on earth are some clubs like arsenal willing to respect that and leave it whereas some won't take no as an answer. Not saying there's anything wrong with it.


{Ed002's Note - Sometimes it is simply posturing rather tha a hard "No".}

1.) 24 Jul 2017 13:00:21
That's understandable some people want to push then. Thank you for the reply.

2.) 24 Jul 2017 13:14:21
Did Arsene take no for an answer in Lacasette case? :-)
Kettle pot black me thinks.
Like most people it's a very different story when the boot is on the other foot, if we really want a player who also really wants to join us we will do all we can to make it happen, it's the same for all clubs the world over.

3.) 24 Jul 2017 13:37:52
Most probably is like that 62. Although I do remember when united signed martial Arsene said we didn't realise he was available to buy. Does make me wonder if we just do take no for an answer.

4.) 24 Jul 2017 19:18:09
Money talks at the end of day D16 if you offer enough cash anybody is for sale. Arsenal are polite that way and ask is the player available before making a below acceptable offer were as others just slap the hard cash down and say we will give you this much for him without asking first.

5.) 24 Jul 2017 20:22:25
Don't think we asked Liverpool about Saurez, I think we just piled straight in with our bid a quid policy in order to activate some imaginary cluase that unsettled the player and upset the club, very proper I must say :-)
Its the same everywhere, non one likes having their best players taken but are more than happy to do the same else where, Arsene is no different he just doesn't like it what it works against him, which I fairness is very Arsene in itself :-)



22 Jul 2017 11:26:42
So we've rejected a bid of 10m for Gibbs when we want 12m. I hope they up their offer because for me he is one of those players who have been around too long and not progressed anywhere near what was expected.


1.) 22 Jul 2017 11:48:46
On another note it's a waste of a career.

2.) 22 Jul 2017 15:16:59
I think he can work well as a LWB in our new system. The problem for Gibbs as always is his injury record. If fit he is very good competition for that LWB birth with Kolasanic. Monreal will be set as the LCB so we need two players fighting for that LWB birth.

3.) 22 Jul 2017 20:03:03
Another arsenal player ruined by injury, where have we heard that before.



07 Jul 2017 19:26:36
Now this post isn't me saying I believe all this to happen. Just a bit of fun. But looking on the betting market at transfers and thought Il see what odds related to us was most likely. Just a bit of fun really. And what the betting markets reckon.

Alexis most likely to stay very closely followed by going city.

Giroud more likely to go Everton than stay.

Ox very likely to stay followed by Liverpool

Bellerin likely to stay followed by going Barcelona

Wilshere very likely to go West Ham than stay at arsenal

Perez more likely to go Sevilla than stay

Mahrez very likely to go arsenal.

Make of them what you will but that's how the market is atm.


1.) 07 Jul 2017 20:57:16
That's what you call hedging your bets 😁.



29 Jun 2017 10:44:34
Personally I would love lemar to join. But just can't see them selling. Heard we may go back in with 35m. But they have a fair few possible outgoings This summer so can't see it myself.




27 Jun 2017 11:22:53
Lyons president in the press again today saying Lacazette cannot leave until they find a replacement as the other 2 lads they signed aren't replacements.

This man really does annoy me. Seems intent on talking to the press every day almost like mind games. Ed002 said Lyon are very difficult to do business with. Can see that especially over the last week.


1.) 27 Jun 2017 11:36:45
Then don't deal with him, simples.
Why would you want to subject yourself to someone elses games when there are so many different players and presidents chairman directors of football to deal with.
People can only play games with those who are willing to participate in their game.

2.) 27 Jun 2017 11:47:01
True. But they have the player we want. Wouldn't surprise me if the deal isn't that far away but he is just trying to feed his own ego.

3.) 27 Jun 2017 14:02:32
He who pays the piper calls the tune in that case 16 mate :-)
Personally I'd do my shopping else where if the service is that bad, the market isn't exactly paper thin on strikers looking to move not to mention those who might be if an interested club showed willing?

4.) 27 Jun 2017 14:27:52
Fergie wanted RVP Arsene didn't want to sell to Fergie so Fergie so paid over the odds to change Arsene's mind.
Fergie went on to win the title that seasons with RVP getting the golden boot.
Sometimes you've just to just bite the bullet and pay what it takes to the pieces that complete your masterpiece, Fergie was no stranger to paying what it took to get what he wanted even when it looked a lot at the time Rooney £30 million for 18 year old all those years ago? Rio Ferdinand 30 million for a defender before that? Eyebrows were raised at the time but title after title were raised long after the eyebrows had recovered :-)
If we really need Lacazette then do what it takes to get him even if it's uncomfortable to do it and if he isn't that special then move on to other targets in my opinion.

5.) 27 Jun 2017 14:38:25
Thing is, when you get someone like that, you should use it to your own advantage. No doubt if he was speaking that way towards possible negotiations with someone like Barca, you might suddenly see articles in certain Spanish papers stating such comments like "he is playing games with his players careers for his own ego" etc etc. next thing Lacazette starts to believe this hype and hands in a transfer request and publicly states he will never play for this man again. result. deal done.

6.) 27 Jun 2017 17:20:37
Giroud is the replacement.

7.) 27 Jun 2017 17:21:07
Gunner62 who would you go for then he's really the only striker that we can get, please don't say Mbappe or Aubameyang as they won't come.

8.) 27 Jun 2017 19:02:57
Maybe playing or appearing to play hardball so their fans don't think they will just sell the best players to whomever comes calling, really don't blame him.

9.) 27 Jun 2017 20:03:07
Jelfy you ain't going to like my answer but I would definitely make Sturridge part of the Ox to Liverpool deal, sure he had injuries but the boy is full of goals goals goals and will be banging them in again next season for someone.
Liverpool want Ox I'm pretty sure Ox wants Liverpool and we need a natural goal scorer and Danny Sturridge is exactly that.

10.) 28 Jun 2017 00:11:05
The lyon president is known to be that way. He has rubbed so many people the wrong way. One person who outdid him in my opinion is the spurs chairman daniel levy but wenger doesn't know how to play dirty he is a gentleman.

11.) 28 Jun 2017 14:16:53
Id swap ox for sturrige, sounds good to me.




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26 Jul 2017 16:57:52
I dunno what ed001 opinion on it is but I still think lemar is possible if we offer good enough money. They don't seem the type to say no to a good offer.




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25 Jul 2017 17:09:27
Thank you ed. apologies that I asked the same question as someone else there.


{Ed002's Note - No problem.}



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25 Jul 2017 15:05:48
lol oh come on the mahrez and lemar rumours are Nowhere near as frequent. For me tho I say just let him go and put his money towards a cb and dm. Won't happen but 2 class players there will do more good then Alexis.




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24 Jul 2017 22:15:35
Granted yes but not 5 times a day 😂.




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24 Jul 2017 15:08:24
Urban will we even be able to field a team.





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26 Jul 2017 11:10:25
Why are you so sure derby. I'd love to see lemar and some kind of midfield enforcer to take games by the scruff of the next.




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24 Jul 2017 17:51:22
Personally I don't think he will be good enough. It's a tough one because in our squad Adelaide Iwobi and Nelson all have that potential. But it's hard for them to break through with the pressure succeed instantly in the league.




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24 Jul 2017 15:46:36
Can't see any crutches. Ruined my own joke there 😒.




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24 Jul 2017 15:09:09
Who is that? Looks like wilshere but I can see any crutches.




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24 Jul 2017 13:37:52
Most probably is like that 62. Although I do remember when united signed martial Arsene said we didn't realise he was available to buy. Does make me wonder if we just do take no for an answer.