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17 Feb 2019 13:41:36
Ed001 i saw on the Liverpool page that you don't rate De Ligt. Do you know who's interested in him? Hopefully arsenal. any defender will do for now!


{Ed001's Note - Raiola's demands for millions have become a stumbling block for him going anywhere.}

1.) 17 Feb 2019 16:38:35
If you had a guess Ed if he was to move where do you see him heading?

{Ed001's Note - Barca or PSG.}



16 Feb 2019 15:47:32
Ed002 or even ed001 I have a question. Knowing Stan Kroenke not wiling to spend money, or even the fact that we never do spend high amounts of money, in terms of us buying players, is it truly really important for arsenal to get back into the champions league this season?


{Ed002's Note - The reluctance to spend money in January reflects the uncertainty over CL football, so it will have an impact on summer spending.}

1.) 16 Feb 2019 17:48:18
Thanks Ed, just as a side question, where do you expect Declan rice to end up next season?

{Ed002's Note - There is enough money in the PL that WHU will not need to sell him, and they certainly don't want to sell him. If he is smart he will stay where he is where he is a starter - if he were to head to any of the leading sides he would not be (taking Arsenal as an example he won't start ahead of Lucas Torreira).}

2.) 16 Feb 2019 17:59:42
Thanks Ed, have a good night.

{Ed002's Note - I m hoping to - in London tonight.}



05 Feb 2019 14:50:54
Hello Ed's, is there any interest in Ibrahima Konate, centre back from Leipzig?


{Ed002's Note - Ibrahima Konate has been looked at by Arsenal.}

1.) 05 Feb 2019 17:00:21
A lot of paper talk recently over Rabiot possibly coming to Arsenal in the summer. I know you (Ed002) had previously stated that Emery would like to sign the player. Have there been any recent developments between Rabiot and Arsenal or is it all just nonsense?

{Ed002's Note - Obviously Rabiot is in a position now where he can negotiate a summer deal (let's assume that to be a signing on fee, a wage/bonus package, agent and third party fees) with any club outside of the remit of the FFF. This includes Arsenal and a number of other sides. The attraction of Spain to him will be the profile but the constant screwing around put off Barcelona and they have gone elsewhere. England is very attractive because of the money but the second guarantees are sought over playing time (and this will be a major issue) some clubs will step back. There are a couple of sides of interest in Italy still but he is not first choice for either - so it is less likely. As a wildcard Bayern Munich have already lost out on one CM target and could perhaps look again at him, and don't rule out a settlement in Paris.}

2.) 05 Feb 2019 17:38:55
Thanks for the great info!

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

3.) 05 Feb 2019 18:03:22
Ed I know in the past u said he’s unlikely to join arsenal, do you still hold that view?

{Ed002's Note - Even though you can almost certainly take Barcelona out of the loop, he might also want Champions League - Arsenal could have concentrated their efforts on Rabiot leading up to January and we would not have needed to go around the Zielinski, Banega, Fornals, Herrera loop. I am far from convinced it will happen but it is certainly possible.}

4.) 05 Feb 2019 21:04:53
Aren't him and Liverpool quite keen on each other?

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

5.) 06 Feb 2019 15:20:52
Fair enough Ed, thank you.

6.) 06 Feb 2019 18:17:03
From the slightly limited games of French football i have seen over the last few years, i like Rabiot. Also I think he would suit us and he has the right build to slot into our midfield. can't see it happening but i think he would be the sort of signing that shows some form of intent or ambition from the club.



30 Jan 2019 17:02:59
Hello Ed's, with Denis Suarez signing for Arsenal do u expect anymore signings this window?


{Ed002's Note - I still think Nkunku could well go ahead.}

1.) 30 Jan 2019 19:20:23
Thanks Ed, any idea why the Perisic offer failed? If you don’t know then never mind.

{Ed002's Note - I have answered this before - it is all to do with a commitment to buy in the summer.}

2.) 30 Jan 2019 19:35:42
My fault- I didn’t realise. Thanks for the information and goodnight.

3.) 30 Jan 2019 22:01:42
Is this psg guy any good Ed I. Your opinion. I have never seen him play.

{Ed002's Note - He is a regular but no fixed position hence he feels like he is being used as cover - but well thought of.}

4.) 31 Jan 2019 10:47:09
Thanks Ed do you think that is it for players joining us.

{Ed002's Note - If something can be done about loaning a wide player sure - but these are not the derired solutions and will just be sucking money out of the pot.}



15 Jan 2019 15:26:01
Ed002, is Sven Mtlintat leaving arsenal? So much going around about a breakdown in relationship with emery or Kroenke?


{Ed002's Note - Possibly. There was much discussion by someone from Bayern Munich explaining that they are keen to take Sven Mislintat shoulf he come available.}

1.) 15 Jan 2019 18:25:06
Its rumour at the moment started by a dodgy rumour site. It spread on social media by people who came out and said, yes i heard that. Well if they did why did they all not say it in the first place. As yet and it may or may not change, nothing has been reported by more reliable media sites or reporters.

{Ed002's Note - I have just explained what someone from BM said this morning.}

2.) 15 Jan 2019 18:56:18
Thanks Ed, can you say why he’s leaving please?

{Ed002's Note - I don't know that he is leaving - I ghave explained what I know.}

3.) 15 Jan 2019 19:21:19
If he wants to leave already then it shows how bad things really are behind the scenes! The guy can’t do his job unless he’s backed which he clearly hasn’t been. It’s amazing how we are in such a bad place financially when our owner is worth €7 billion.

4.) 15 Jan 2019 20:31:11
A we don't know he's leaving
B we don't know why he's leaving even if he is leaving
If true and it's an absolute huge IF there could be numerous reasons from football to personal reasons that are totally devoid of football.
Sometimes it's better to take a step back and wait and see before playing the blame game on something that is very possibly yet another hit seeking totally unfounded rumour.
Artetta Higuain Benzema the list is endless.

5.) 15 Jan 2019 20:50:04
The truth is people come and people go. Its a cycle.

6.) 15 Jan 2019 21:13:41
I wouldn't like to see him go though.

7.) 15 Jan 2019 23:36:24
Gunner ornstein is reporting it too and i am afraid it is happening.

Of all the guys who gazidis employed before he left, it is sven i have been most impressed with. Apparently there is is power struggle between raul and sven. If i was Arsenal, i would pick sven. This man has contacts even as far as japan, has strong connections in the german and french markets which produce many talents, why lose him when we don't have much cash and we don't want to migrate from our self sustaining policy? Why?

It is chaotic at arsenal and i am really unhappy with the direction sanllehi is taking arsenal.

8.) 16 Jan 2019 08:18:22
Let's wait and see Punnai mate, I never bought the Artetta story and I'm not buying this one because it simply looks so much like trouble stiring from top to bottom.
If every one was buzzing and we were top of the league wed be getting Mbappe stories but because we've hit a lull stiring up more concern is the easiest way for the journalist to make a lazy crust.

9.) 16 Jan 2019 12:56:30
It is not a rumuor gunner. The very reliable honigstein and ornstein are reporting it. It is happening, sven is leaving.

The implications are horifying. How will Arsenal get back to the top when we let go off the best scout in the world and have no money to spend?

I am afraid we will go downhill from here unless we find an equally capable replacement.

10.) 16 Jan 2019 13:46:11
From what Ormstien says there is frustration from Sven over lack of money to buy his targets but there is no fall out between the back room staff.
Imagine if every time some one became frustrated it meant they were about to throw the towel in, new marriages would be over within a day, new jobs would be quit within an hour and all supermarket shopping would be abandoned half way round the store at the first sign of anything going up in price or being out of stock.
Really does sound like gossiping neighbours over hearing part of a conversation and telling the whole street their opinion as fact.

11.) 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)

12.) 16 Jan 2019 16:21:09
Very true CB but I can see how he'd possibly be upset with no money at all being available in the January window, it's got to be frustrating to plan for months spot targets and see them go elsewhere but in my opinion that doesn't have to mean he's ready to walk.
I don't know about the Edu situation and maybe there is some truth in it but it wouldn't be unusual for a journalist to put 0 and 0 together and come up with a story that earns them lots of £s.
The problem is there are so many false stories now days it's getting impossible to take any but a select few journalist seriously about anything they report, which is a shame for the few remaining good ones.




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15 Feb 2019 22:42:05
Ed001, what do you think of the Ozil situation?


{Ed001's Note - I just don't see the point in leaving the most creative player in Europe sat on the sidelines. You have to make use of the best players you have and he is the best you have.}

1.) 16 Feb 2019 07:49:11
Ditto ED, and the amount we are paying him, I don’t get it.

{Ed001's Note - I find it bizarre. Emery has nothing to lose by including him. If the team loses, Ozil gets the blame, if the team wins Ozil gets none of the credit, so why exclude him?}

2.) 16 Feb 2019 08:48:24
If we were playing well and looking solid at the back without Mesut then who could question Emery stance on Ozil or anyone else, but unfortunately we neither look solid or effective with our top earner either on the bench or left out completely.
Big brave decisions and leaving out top players are only good decisions if they pay off and the team is betrer without them.

{Ed001's Note - exactly mate. But my point on the blame thing was that he would not be the one being questioned when the team loses if Ozil was there. We all know the media love to witch hunt him and it would all be blamed on Ozil. So Emery then gets a pass on the bad performances because he is 'stuck with' Ozil and has to use him.}

3.) 16 Feb 2019 09:15:25
The thing is Ed001 every man and his dog knows that Mesut is a class act that Arsenal have never fully capitalised on having.
If you buy a player like Ozil then you have utilise him by playing a system that suits him not trying to turn a top creative player into a work horse.
We bought Mesut for a club record fee then Arsene stuck him out on the wing because he didn't want to move other players already at the club to accommodate our record signing we then paid him an absolute fortune in wages not to leave only for Dick to stick him in his own front room to sit and watch Xhaka on telly.
If any club in history has ever been guilty of mismanagement of a player then Arsenal's mismanagement with Mesut Ozil is right up there with the worst of them.

{Ed001's Note - it is not just Arsenal who have done so to be fair. Look at the Germans, he creates the most chances of the entire World Cup, yet they racially abuse him to the point where he doesn't want to play for his country any more. It is bizarre. One of the best players in the world, yet no one is willing to try and make an effort to keep him happy and figure out how to get the most out of him.}

4.) 16 Feb 2019 11:10:37
That’s what’s so annoying Ed. Put Ozil in the hole with quality in attack, a runner from deep and a defensive unit to ensure he doesn’t waste energy defending.

Torriera and Doucouré in the middle of midfield

3 proper centrehalves

2 hard working wingers like Bellerin and Kola to give width, pace etc

Se3ms so obvious when you see week in week out us getting exposed while having no real creativity - it’s a win win for Emery

Like at PSG - he doesn’t know how to handle big names or organise a team.

{Ed001's Note - it was the same at Sevilla, he kept falling out with their best players too. Fine when wins are coming, but as soon as things go wrong it causes fractures in the team.}

5.) 16 Feb 2019 12:01:50
The longer Dick pursues his current path on Mesut the defence and tactics and methods without clear and obvious improvement then the more people will question him and his methods
Nothing is any different now than it was this time last season or the season before that.
After 8 months it's not unreasonable to expect some kind of positive signs somewhere that people can get behind?
For a decade Arsene told us don't worry about what you see with your own eyes just be patient, I know what I'm doing, Arsene had the track record at Arsenal so people gave him time, gladly
Sorry Dick but I doubt that same approach will work long for you, your going to have to actually give us something we can see for ourselves if you want to be around long.

6.) 16 Feb 2019 13:24:05
Thanks Ed, I totally agree, I’m not trying to be negative but I am really not impressed with Unai Emery.

{Ed001's Note - he did seem an odd choice but he might surprise us all yet.}

7.) 16 Feb 2019 13:36:16
On Germanys opening world cup game Mesut was by far their best player but he's dropped for the next match because the media had already fueld the fans against Mesut before the world cup and Lowe bottled it.
Mesut needs a manager who actually both totally rates him and who isn't frightened of the media or fans and trusts his own judgement and Ozls ability to have the last laugh.

Because of Mesuts ethnic origin he is a very easy target for the media to get lots and lots of milage out of among the easy manipulated fans who aren't difficult to stir up into a frenzy of hate, it's the same with Rahwen Stirling in this county now he is the presses new play thing to destroy for their own ends without a first let alone second thought of morality about them.
Whoever first said " The press only put you on a pedestal so they can knock you down again " was spot on and there seems no limits to what some journalists and some papers won't sink to for what? Tomorrow's chip paper with the only lasting effect being on there victims long after the hits have dried up.



09 Feb 2019 15:41:49
Does any ed know how long Unai Emery contract is?


{Ed002's Note - 3 years structured as 2+1.}

1.) 09 Feb 2019 16:22:57

2.) 09 Feb 2019 18:09:31
Ed by 2+1 do you mean 2 years with the option of an additional year?

{Ed002's Note - Three years with a potential breakpoint at two.}

3.) 09 Feb 2019 19:38:53
Absolutely perfick.

4.) 09 Feb 2019 20:17:38
Sorry Ed if I’m being picky but what’s the difference between 2 years with the additional 1 year in comprising with a breakpoint at 2?

{Ed002's Note - It is a three year contract with an option on both sides to step back if they wish.}

5.) 09 Feb 2019 20:41:18
I'm glad the club are being more expectant from the people they hand contracts out too, looks like Dick has to earn that 3rd season which how it should be, we can't keep living on dreams that never materialise, like Arsene Theo Jack ect
If this time next year our defence is looking organised solid and difficult to score against then I'm sure Dick will earn the fans and clubs backing alike to carry on.



03 Feb 2019 17:09:02
Hello ed001, would you be able to write a piece of your opinion on Guendouzi please? I think he's class.


{Ed001's Note - I have added him to the list for a player profile for you mate.}

1.) 03 Feb 2019 17:20:53
The only player from either side not to give a ball away. Looked the best player on the pitch first half, world class in the making.

2.) 03 Feb 2019 17:28:21
Guendouzi has been excellent and is doing all he can to cover everyone he possibly can, he playing left back as much as doing his own job in cmf. He should partner Torreira for the rest of the premier league season.

3.) 03 Feb 2019 19:42:55
Thanks Ed.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate.}



11 Oct 2018 11:04:07
Hello Ed's! I haven't posted here in a long time but I have a question. I presume you have all seen arsenal this season and I have the question, where do u think we will finish the season based on our performances this season? I'm interested to see if u think we are getting carried away!?


{Ed001's Note - I think somewhere between 4th and 6th. While there is a lot of people getting carried away with the performances, which have not been all that good overall. I mean giving up 21 shots to a team as utterly awful as Fulham is not a good performance to my mind. I watched that game and Arsenal were ok, but it was no different from the kind of performance we saw under Wenger in far too many respects. It is clear Emery has not fixed the underlying issues at all. All he has done is enhanced the strong points and it has created the same hysteria amongst Arsenal fans we used to get every year under Wenger when they got off to a good start. I remember we used to have a couple of Arsenal editors in the past, nice lads but every time the team won a game they would be telling me Arsenal were going to win the league.

The key is for Arsenal to keep the run going and build confidence and then 4th is theirs. However any blip in the near future could completely derail things. One good thing is that Emery has at least realised that Lacazette is a better option than PEA up front. While PEA scores goals, he adversely affects the rest of the performance imo. Lacazette does more for the team as a whole.

This is a long season and it is only natural to get excited by a good run of results, but not one Arsenal performance has actually stood out to me as a good one. Results good, yes. Performances have looked shaky and on the verge of losing. However that was exactly the same with every team I have ever seen Emery manage. He never seems to build a team that is able to just dominate and control games. They always allow chances and always look like they are going to concede, no matter how weak the opponent. Sometimes they get results anyway, but it always feels like his team are getting away with it to a degree and at some point will be found out. When things turn sour for him, they always seem to crash down around his ears because he is not good at dealing with the big egos, which is why it is probably for the best Ramsey goes.}

1.) 11 Oct 2018 11:44:21
Thanks Ed for the detailed response, I’m just hoping we win the Europa league. It may be a bit evil for me to ask but how long do u see emery staying at arsenal?

{Ed001's Note - I expect him to be given time, he has a big job on his hands and I am sure he will be given a chance to prove if he can do it. At worst I would say 2 seasons. I do think probably more though.}

2.) 11 Oct 2018 12:13:09
Well said ed it’s nice to get a run of games but if the teams we have played were better teams then I think the mood would be different here but Iam happy so far and it’s going to take a while b4 we are back challenging.

3.) 11 Oct 2018 12:59:02
But the good news is we didn't play better teams we played who we played and beat them while in the process we saw our team play with much more effort and work rate plus we've seen certain individuals show more than we previously thought them capable of.
All is not perefect but all is really positive at Arsenal right now and absolutely none of us knows what's going to happen over the next 7 months to any team not just Arsenal, maybe United amd Jose will prove everyone wrong and win the champions league maybe Wolves will finish top 4 at the expense of of one of Liverpool City Chelsea, it's football and nothing is impossible in football just ask Forest and Leeds fans or Wimbledon and Liecester fans.
If you can't enjoy the hope that a fresh start brings then what's the point of following any team other than an already winning one?

4.) 11 Oct 2018 13:21:01
Early days, but the three unbeaten teams: Chelsea, Liverpool and Man C, look a good bet for the top three. Leaving Arsenal, Man U and the Toot fighting for 4th place.
As usual much will depend on how teams cope with playing European and domestic cup football, the amount of players on International duty, injuries and suspensions. Perhaps my judgement is somewhat opinistic as a result of the current run of 9 consecutive wins, but I have a feeling we may just nick 4th place, particularly as Man U are dealing with the Mourinho situation and the Toot have to cope with having had many players at the World Cup Finals and playing in the spate of Internationals, with the additional burden of having not made a single signing and the move to the new stadium.

5.) 11 Oct 2018 14:17:21
Couldn’t agree more ed01,

I currently like Leno, Kolasinac, Torriera, Gouendouzi, Ozil, Lacazette and PEA. I’m not going with any of this new and improved Xhaka or Iwobi until I see it when it really matters.

We’ve not looked much if any better than the teams we’ve beaten and clearly worse than the teams we’ve lost too.

It’s early days and if I had to point at one plus it would be me and our defence don’t 💩 ourselves when they pass back to Leno.

6.) 11 Oct 2018 15:28:39
There is a lot more to be optimistic than pessimistic about Arsenal right now and than there has been for a lot of years.
Early days for sure but we can only go on what we've seen so far from a new manager who has no Arsenal past good or bad by which anyone can sensible judge him on, so far so good and without the benefit of a crystal ball what more can be known than what we've seen with our own eyes.

7.) 11 Oct 2018 23:44:54
Thanks Ed for your response, I do think their are issues in defence and I just hope that he does sort them out.

{Ed001's Note - early days yet and the issues are much less than last season, so the signs are good so far.}



27 Aug 2018 12:11:11
I'm not sure .....................


{Ed002's Note - Wrong page. Try the European pages - nothing whatsoever to do with Arsenal.}

1.) 27 Aug 2018 13:07:54
Ohh okay, thanks ed.

{Ed001's Note - when this happens on the Liverpool page, people make up questions that could have been asked. Like, for instance, which ends up on the ground if you drop a cat from a 10th floor window with a piece of toast tied to its back butter side up?}




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17 Feb 2019 16:38:35
If you had a guess Ed if he was to move where do you see him heading?


{Ed001's Note - Barca or PSG.}



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16 Feb 2019 17:59:42
Thanks Ed, have a good night.


{Ed002's Note - I m hoping to - in London tonight.}



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16 Feb 2019 17:48:18
Thanks Ed, just as a side question, where do you expect Declan rice to end up next season?


{Ed002's Note - There is enough money in the PL that WHU will not need to sell him, and they certainly don't want to sell him. If he is smart he will stay where he is where he is a starter - if he were to head to any of the leading sides he would not be (taking Arsenal as an example he won't start ahead of Lucas Torreira).}



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15 Feb 2019 02:47:05
I understand what your saying wire, but come on, he has not improved this team, I feel like we are making too many excuses for him. He is very similar to Wenger whilst we needed someone different to Wenger. If you take our 22 game unbeaten streak out the equation then it has been a very poor season. Knocked out of carabao cup (Wenger got to final) , fifth place in league, losing in first leg of Europa league, away form has not improved, defence has not improved, arsenal have not improved. I will be surprised if any Ed disagrees with what I’ve said.




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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.}




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16 Feb 2019 13:24:05
Thanks Ed, I totally agree, I’m not trying to be negative but I am really not impressed with Unai Emery.


{Ed001's Note - he did seem an odd choice but he might surprise us all yet.}



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09 Feb 2019 20:17:38
Sorry Ed if I’m being picky but what’s the difference between 2 years with the additional 1 year in comprising with a breakpoint at 2?


{Ed002's Note - It is a three year contract with an option on both sides to step back if they wish.}



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09 Feb 2019 18:09:31
Ed by 2+1 do you mean 2 years with the option of an additional year?


{Ed002's Note - Three years with a potential breakpoint at two.}



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03 Feb 2019 19:42:55
Thanks Ed.


{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate.}



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13 Jan 2019 18:41:19
Loool you guys are funny, everyone calm down!