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10 Aug 2016 15:02:50
Ok, so i am no ITK, but i caught up with an old friend recently who knows someone who knows someone who supposedly works at Arsenal and regularly sits in on meetings with Ivan Gazidis. So the story is that Ivan and the board only have 1 actual target (forward, no mention of CB) and are expecting two things to happen that they believe will result in the target becoming available. The first is for Chelsea to re-sign Lukaku, who then will allow Costa to leave. He will go to Athletico Madrid who in turn will allow Griezman to leave, who is the true target. Personally I don't believe this is true, as even if he did become available we would only bid £12.50 and a kitkat versus Chelsea and Barcelona and Bayern all bidding £80 million, but that's what i heard anyway, and as the saying goes you pays your money and you takes your choice!


1.) 10 Aug 2016 16:07:32
Stop being ridiculous.

2.) 10 Aug 2016 16:58:41
A lot of people are making the Costa to Atleti, Griezmann to us link.

Only signed a new deal this year, release is probably into the Pogba regions and I can't see them selling him for anything less than it.

I can't even see them signing Costa either, they already have Griezmann, Torres and Gameiro.

Even if they were open to letting him go, I can't see us being the only club to move for him, as you say.

That being said, I personally expect this exact rumour to pop up in the media shortly, it's almost panic season!

3.) 10 Aug 2016 17:51:04
I know someone, who knew a man who lived next to a boy who watched Arsenal last season . Apparently we have money in the bank


4.) 10 Aug 2016 17:57:12
Ed i know its not going to happen but any interest from us for lewandowski?

{Ed001's Note - do you think Arsenal would be willing to break the transfer fee record? If not, why even ask?}

5.) 10 Aug 2016 18:09:17
I didn't know it will be that much, i thought it would be around 60 million.

{Ed001's Note - why would they let the best centre forward in the world go for less than Higuain when Bayern have no need or desire to sell?}

6.) 10 Aug 2016 18:28:03
Apex seriously come on now 😂.

7.) 10 Aug 2016 18:53:40
I've come to the conclusion our friend Apex is actually Arsene in disguise.

As soon as one of the Ed's confirms a player would be interested in Arsenal, in he'll swoop with the pound!

8.) 10 Aug 2016 19:56:32
I wish I lived in Apex's world.

9.) 10 Aug 2016 20:11:23
Who knows Wenger maybe mad enough to do it.

10.) 10 Aug 2016 23:48:21
Some info regarding griezmann on the european page if anyones interested.

11.) 11 Aug 2016 09:48:29
looks like the offer for mahrez if lequipe are to be taken seriously is 41 mill and 9 mill in bonus, they quote in euros, so not sure if true as most transfers within this country would be in pounds.

guess that would be a lot of money to make for leicester and a massive profit, but i guess with every team flush with cash no need to sell.

12.) 11 Aug 2016 11:44:47
Hello ed, sky sports germany are reporting that a deal between arsenal and valencia is close regarding mustafi, any truth in this at all?

13.) 11 Aug 2016 11:54:28
Just to add to my post, the agent also said that a deal is imminent which is why I'm asking.

{Ed001's Note - not that I am aware of. Though he is available, I am not aware of any change in the situation. Clearly the agent is trying to remind people he is for sale....}




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11 Jan 2018 14:32:17
I have to say, so many people making comments about Iwobi's reported partying the night before the FA cup tie and that he should be punished or fined. I look at it another way, in that at least he had an excuse for his abject performance against Notts Forest. Unfortunately it was the rest of the team who need punishment as, unless they were also partying into the early hours, they have absolutely no excuse for their pathetic display.




07 Jan 2018 16:59:29
My goodness we can't defend for toffee. Notts Forest playing the standard and mostly successful playbook against us, defend deep and narrow and hit on the break.




02 Jan 2018 13:02:44
I fear that poor performance at West Brom is sadly a taste of what is to come once we lose both Sanchez and Ozil. I admit that I have been one of the many who has bemoaned Ozil's lack of effort at times during his stay, but I realized how much we are going to miss him as we were completely devoid of attacking ideas against West Brom. Take him and Sanchez away and you realise were totally lacking the talent required to win those games. let's hope we manage to sort out some decent replacements otherwise were facing life as a dull team going forward. Also, we might as well allocate the wings of the pitch at the Emirates to sponsorships as we never bother to play any football along them. Watching us with every player trying to go straight through the middle is like watching schoolboy football where every player ends up in the same part of the pitch. How many times do you see Arsenal players creating an overlap past the ball player, i suspect you can count on one finger! No wonder teams find it so easy to defend against us, with our slow play in front of them. Just defend deep and narrow and hit us on the break, works wonders virtually every time! Whoever eventually replaces Wenger, let's hope he likes to play across the full width of the pitch, with pace and skill, in fact, just like our manager used to like playing many years ago when he actually won major trophies.


1.) 02 Jan 2018 14:54:28
We have slipped into a situation where the manager we have is making decisions that are taking this club to the point of no return. He has controlled this club, its transfers, its players, the wages and their contracts. He is strangling this club with his misguided idea he is still capable of running a team/ club to challenge for the top honours and the honours that make you a top team. By the time he actually goes, we could be at the point where he has bled this club dry with poor management decisions and the guy that comes in has very little to work with. I personally don't see this club in a better position than the last two years and i can only see that what is going on, we can only be in an even worse position in the next two years. Progression is not happening but regression is. How far down is this deluded person going to be allowed to take us. We are in a very real situation, where we could fall too far and too much that we won't ever recover. I think we have become complacent.

2.) 02 Jan 2018 15:26:07
Another problem we have is the money available to any new manager that steps up! Its blatant that the board do not wish to go down the road that every other 'major' top flight club is heading down by spending obscene amounts of money! People can go on all they like about the £92m bid for Lemar but the 2 clubs knew it was never going to happen but it keeps the fans happy.
A new manager will sit in that boardroom and demand £200m with their own backroom staff and be laughed off. Someone like Eddie Howe though will love the fact that he gets £30m and a pay rise! Football is now solely dominated on how much you want to spend and unless we match everyone else, we will be a mid-table club for a long time!

3.) 02 Jan 2018 17:15:35
disagree on lemar. we would of taken him had he not turned us down.

4.) 02 Jan 2018 17:49:35
Thats true Glen, we have never found out who really controls the spending at the Club, and perhaps when we finally do get a new manager we will perhaps get more of a clue. I have never complained at our spending when compared to the likes of Chelsea and Man City, as its clearly not fair or a level playing field in the premiership when comparing to these sugar daddy clubs. Man City seem able to be able to sign whoever they want, irrespective of the so called financial fair play. They already can't fit all their talent in the first 11, with players like Sane and Jesus frequently having to start on the bench, and yet if rumours are to be believed, they may well sign Sanchez as well. Why, to play or to just deny a rival from getting him? I also don't have major issues with our squad, as i think a new manager will get much more out of it than Wenger is coming up with currently. However, what i do have an issue with is our overall squad, spending and ambition when you compare us to our main global rivals (away from the premiership) who are of a similar size to us. Considering we are a top 10 club in the world by revenue and value, where we sit approximately 2 places behind Bayern Munich, and 3 ahead of Juventus, I would say we fall well behind both when comparing squads, top players, prospects and mostly, ambition. For example Juve not getting through to the later stages of the CL would be considered a disaster for them, and yet we are almost double their size financially. Its time we started to act like the 6th biggest club in the world with our actions and ambition, with the aim of climbing that table through success, and yet we continue to act more like we are happy to slip outside the top 10, as long as we make money.

5.) 03 Jan 2018 10:26:07
Love that response Epping. Couldn't agree more! I think a lot of it lies with the board rather than Wenger in regards to transfers and what he's willing to spend, but Wengers management style is old news and trying to take on every role at the club isn't working!



05 Dec 2017 13:28:19
Talk yesterday that Spurs are interested in Geoffrey Kongdogia. I thought Valencia have first dibs on him but if there is a chance he is available we should be in the running. An absolute beast in CM and being away from Milan he has certainly found his mojo again, as Valencias current lofty position in La Liga shows.




10 Sep 2017 12:58:10
Good win yesterday albeit against a very poor Bournemouth, but as they say you can only beat what's in front of you. I was slightly surprised by the negative response to Sanchez when he came on, with a very audible booing from the crowd, and most fans around me very hostile towards him. Also both he and Ozil walked straight off at the end not staying out to celebrate and wave to the fans (again Sanchezes quick departure noted by fans with plenty of expletives shouted at him) . I was happy that Sanchez stayed but on hindsight perhaps not, as the fans don't want him at the club. I was though disappointed that Wellbeck, on a hat-trick, and loyal, was substituted for Sanchez. Ozil was having a good game but it should have been him taken off for Sanchez, if any. Perhaps that's the answer, we play one contract rebel at most, either Ozil or Sanchez but not both at the same time? Finally bid kudos to Ramsey who had a great game, but who to be honest won't get an easier game all season.


1.) 10 Sep 2017 14:05:09
I don't get people booing Sanchez but it's their money they've used to buy the seat so its up to them how they enjoy it I guess.
Booing Cesc and Sanchez who booth served the club with distinction simply because their ambitions were greater than the clubs says more about Arsenal than it does them in my opinion.

2.) 10 Sep 2017 14:54:23
Considering the crap that has been going on around the club this summer, I thought the atmosphere was better than it could have been. The early goal helped and next week could be a small step forward or another one back. Bournemouth were poor but we can't help that and the job was done.

3.) 10 Sep 2017 16:31:26
I've a feeling it will all be back to the drawing board after next Sunday's game, but that is up to the players and in the end the way they represent the club on the day.
They don't have be win or even get a draw (although a win would be unbelievably brilliant and a draw more than satisfactory) but above all else they have to fight from 1st to last minute and if they do that they will win a lot of respect from many who have been less than complimentary about them in recent years fans and pundits alike regardless of the result.
No team can promise to win any match but all players can promise to give 100% in their clubs shirt in every game and if Arsenal players suddenly started to do that week in week out we would all see a major uplift in all fans attitude towards them and the atmosphere at the Emirates.
The ball is very much in the players courts as they lost so many peoples respect with thier consistent lack of fight on far too many occasions over recent years, next Sunday is yet another chance to start earning back that respect rather than simply expecting it to be given to them simply because they went and clapped the fans after yet another lack luster performance that resulted in yet another humiliation for the Arsenal.
I know if it was me i'd want fans respect much more than their support out of habit.

4.) 10 Sep 2017 17:07:00
I agree to a point gunner but for reasons that are obvious a draw is minimum and a win is needed. A loss of any sort would not be good.

5.) 10 Sep 2017 17:48:06
I think neither of us expect to be involved in the title race Steve so in the grand scheme of things the result won't have a great baring on our season either way in mine or your opinion.
But the performance of the players and effort determination and passion shown on the day could go a long long way to regaining the respect of a lot of Arsenal fans pundits and the footballing public who have long since written them off as uninterested pampered unambitious group happy to go through the motions each season.
That alone would be a result for the players the manager and the club not to mention the fans themselves most of who just want see a reason to be excited again from a club and group of players who have by their own actions lost many peoples backing and patience.

6.) 10 Sep 2017 18:53:08
Gunner, I do expect us to be involved in the title race, whether we will be is another matter. Lol.

7.) 10 Sep 2017 19:27:16
Ok mate my apologies I've misunderstood your veiw point :-)

8.) 10 Sep 2017 20:36:31
That's my expectation but not what I believe.

9.) 10 Sep 2017 22:59:48
My expectations of the club and the current team are two very different things Steve.
My expectations of the club is for them to do all they can to make us best we can possibly be.
My expectations of the current team is to be seen as giving their all in every game, it's not their fault if we have weaknesses or the managers team selection is bizarre but it is their fault so many people question their attitude and commitment.

10.) 11 Sep 2017 05:03:12
Law of attraction look it up
These negative comments attract negativity.

11.) 11 Sep 2017 10:18:40
You reckon the players read this page Xhaka? ;-)
If negative comments attract negativity then surely positive ones attract positivity?
Well I read every season that we are going to win the title and Arsene is always positive about our chances and always talks about good transfer window, what's happening mate? :-)

12.) 11 Sep 2017 10:52:10
I think what you are saying gunner, it's all a load of bollards.




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11 Jan 2018 14:27:58
There was a rumour that the reason why Dortmund let Tuchel go was he had a massive falling out with Dortmunds then head scout, who he banned from the ground. Dortmund thought so highly of the scout they let Tuchel go instead. Not sure if true, but if yes, seeing as that scout is now our head scout, you can rule Tuchel out as a future Arsenal manager!




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11 Jan 2018 14:24:52
How about Giovanni Van Bronkhorst. Ticks the ex-player box. and currently very successful, although dutch managers not exactly had a good recent run in the premiership!




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09 Jan 2018 14:48:41
Ha ha, yes Ed, i had that latter feeling when we went 2-1 down to Chelsea last week! But its nice to cling-on to some positive news for a change.




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09 Jan 2018 13:48:21
Ed02 I know we all like to moan on here, but from your previous comments it appears that you very much rate Raul and Sven, and that we should be very happy that both have chosen to join the club at a senior management level?


{Ed002's Note - Yes you should have a warm feeling about them Epping (if that is your real name). Just to be clear - this is a different warm feeling to that warm damp feeling Arsenal supports have on the inside of their legs.}



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07 Jan 2018 13:32:03
What kind of message would signing a 30 year old say to Holding and Chambers? Why can't we give them a run in the team and see what they can do?





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18 Jan 2018 11:09:12
When so many english footballers get a justified bad press for their off field behaviour, Theo was, in my view, a gentleman, a fantastic professional, and a proper english football role model. It just never really gelled for him here, especially over the last couple of seasons, yet despite that, as others have mentioned, he still banged in a good deal of goals. I genuinely hope he does well for Everton, who hopefully will get the best out of him, as long as they play a style that suits him, and with him in the correct part of the pitch that better matches his abilities. If they do this, I am sure they will start to see what he is capable of again.




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17 Jan 2018 11:08:22
You don't give up a precious piece of property in Totteridge and Whetstone that easily DG. its like giving up the crown jewels! . I can see him becoming the manager of an international team in the future where he can still be based in London.




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16 Jan 2018 17:40:55
Lets hope so Steve. I do have a good feeling about these new guys coming in. Ed002 is very complimentary about them both, so perhaps there is light at the end of the (albeit still very long) tunnel?




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16 Jan 2018 15:09:34
Ha ha, that's true. Well let's hope if he comes we see a lot of that mask!




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16 Jan 2018 13:17:33
The whole playing players out of their position is the main concern for me Glenn. Its like playing a front 3 with Welbeck playing as the left winger, it just doesn't work. I suppose the questions are that do you think if the Aubaloobabingbong rumour is true, he would want/ should play through the middle as the main striker, or would he be happy playing on the left? Where does he mostly play for Dortmund? Could he play alongside Lacca as a second striker, or if we do sign him as Sanchez's replacement for the left forward role, would we be better off going out and finding players who already play in that position more regularly, such as a Draxler or Lemar?