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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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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.



04 Sep 2017 14:53:26
Now the transfer dust has settled my thoughts are that a) i am quite happy that Sanchez is still with us as its not my money and i really want to see him play alongside Lacazette, even if it is only for a season at most. Yes, he probably won't give 100%, but Sanchez at 80% is still worth playing in my book. However, imo all the shenanigans over our forward players contracts hid the most costly mistake of the whole transfer window for me, and that was that 2 very physical and talented defensive midfielders, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Grzegorz Krychowiak both moved teams on just loan deals, not even for massive transfer fees, and we don't appear to have been interested in either, and that i just can't believe. From a man who picked up an injured Swede on loan, surely he should have looked at these two players? Personally i would have taken both, and eventually looked to play them together as our CM, especially in away games. Wenger continually ignores these types of players and i can only conclude he obviously thinks that Xhaka and Ramsey are our best option for CM, and i fear until he see's otherwise, we will continue to get punished, especially against the best teams. I have no issue against either player individually, but neither play defensively for their country, and Ramsey especially needs to be further up the pitch (not in the same league as Lampard but can you imagine Chelsea playing Lampard in all his pomp as a CM/ DM? )




30 Aug 2017 12:52:48
Perhaps the signing we really need before deadline is Thomas Tuchel. currently on a gap year i believe. could he come in as a new coach?


1.) 30 Aug 2017 13:25:32
It's unlikely Wenger will walk or be pushed out of the door before the end of the current season.

The ed's have repeatedly said Allegri was first choice, whether or not that's still the case I don't know.



12 Aug 2017 09:03:23
Well that was a strange but brilliant game to kick off our season. I am sure the neutrals loved every minute of it. I thought offensively we were very good but defensively awful. I am a big fan of Holdings but I hope last night hasn't hit his confidence because he was the weak link, and Leicester knew it and exposed him. All the posts have just talked about our weaknesses but to be fair Leicester used their game plan very well last night, and obviously used a style designed to play against a back 3. We should have stayed deeper in defence which would have cancelled out Vardys runs, but we never seem to learn. Overall more positives than negatives for me, but I have constantly said we still need more physicality and height in CD and DM and nothing I saw last night has changed my mind.


1.) 12 Aug 2017 10:18:19
It doesn't really matter who we sign anywhere near as much as the mentality that the team has throughout the season.
Conceding so quickly after taking an early lead was a blow and then going behind was and has been our cue to crumble so often but we didn't, we got back on terms but went behind again only to come back again and finally regain and hold the lead for 3 very unusual opening day points.
Mentality has been our undoing far more than ability or new signings or tactics or injuries for far too many seasons to mention and although last night may not have been a disciplined controlled performance the mentality to keep going was good.
It's only 1 game and far to early to come to any conclusions about anything for the season ahead, the next 2 games will give us a slightly better but not definitive idea of what to expect in the months ahead.
If we don't crumble but fight for every point in every game that would be the best addition we could possibly add and would see a big shift in fans attitude towards individual players team club and management.
3 good points won with a fighting mentality so an excellent start for anyone and an especially excellent one for us simply because of the way we have not responded in the pasr.

2.) 12 Aug 2017 11:07:11
Good post - 62

Will be happy when we get the real back 3 together. Cannot judge Holding on that game but it did show his inexperience and the need for a Per. Not sure Kos plays that role. For me - Mustafi Per Kos

If we sign Matuidi or Seri - that would make a world of difference especially Seri as we need that ball won and moved quicker.

If we keep Sanchez then that's a great window

There were a lot of positives and the biggest negative was due to injuries etc in back 3.

Keeping Giroud is key.

Laz was very good across the front 3 while Danny is a sub as he has a poor touch and poor finishing.

Sanchez and Seri could change our season outcome and give a lot of reason for hope.

Let's also play Ox instead of Bellerin at RWB.

3.) 12 Aug 2017 11:20:06
id of loaned holding out for a season and gone and go van dijk. chambers started but quickly fell off we expected too much too soon and rushed him.

4.) 12 Aug 2017 11:46:09
Personally I'd play Holding Kos Monreal as our 3 at the back and let them get a partnership and understanding going, for me Mustafi and Mertersaacker are both very stationary when people get behind us, both look towards the linesman to do their job for them rather than get back, it's not laziness it's just part of their make up as players.
3 CBs and a DM who never give up the chase would do wonders for the team in lots of ways, Belerin has the pace and the heart to fight seemingly lost causes so him and Kol would be my wing backs.
All good teams are built from the back and all good teams have a good never give up mentality, the flair has never been in question but it's that real fight that's been our downfall.

5.) 12 Aug 2017 12:59:30
The other issue for me last night was Ozil, who had a poor game. He did however improve later on when he played more through the middle in the free role. The problem playing the 3-4-3 formation is that it plays Ozil as the right forward, which he is not. For me, if you want a player who stays on the right then Ox or Walcott are better suited. Otherwise we have to accept that Ozil has to play the free role and adapt our formation to suit.

6.) 12 Aug 2017 13:47:21
We won't change formation Epping mate, 3 at the back won the cup and almost sneaked a top 4 place, neither Arsene or the fans will want to gamble with that unless things go very very badly.
Even when we haven't had a CBs to use we've stuck to it simply because all think it's the way forward.
Is there room for Mesut to play a free role in this formation? Not really.

7.) 12 Aug 2017 15:46:30
There is G62, we have to accept that we play a 3-4-1-2, which allows us to play either two forwards supported by Ozil or to push Lacazette slightly wider right.



20 Mar 2017 13:50:19
Quick question. We are all assuming that potential replacements for Arsene will be the likes of Tuchel, Allegri, Jardim or Simoeone. However, with the Arsenal Board showing no signs of any ambition for a new manager (IMO) , combined with the fact that these type of managers would no doubt demand a decent transfer budget as part of any deal. Therefore if it transpired that our next manager is more likely to be a Hodgson, Pardew or Mclaren (or any other cheaper, currently out of work ex EPL manager) , do you still want Wenger to go?


{Ed002's Note - Purile nonsense. Arsenal has already made approaches through a third party to guage interest of three potential managers and has liaised further with one of these. Whilst I agree the fans deserve the likes of Glenn Roeder or Tony Adams, sadly it won't happen.}

1.) 20 Mar 2017 15:09:02
I think your club should go for harry redknapp who would do a excellent job for you lot, he takes no messing and all the players would love him. He made a average spurs squad one of the most exciting team's in the league while qualifying for the champions league twice in 4 years, he made Portsmouth a very good side and won the FA cup and made west ham a top side.

2.) 20 Mar 2017 15:30:46
If the day ever comes when we need input from a Subaru driving, ganja smoking, Spurs supporting numpty . we'll let you know raver!

3.) 20 Mar 2017 16:48:57
You sound jealous of my lifestyle sharpy, good looking, smashed 24/ 7 and drive a Subaru with a furry dice and my club plays better football than you lot.

{Ed025's Note - i dont think its jealousy raver, i just think he wants to employ your carer mate.. :)

4.) 20 Mar 2017 16:54:24
Sharpie 😂😂😂😂😂.

5.) 20 Mar 2017 17:51:54
"smashed 24/ 7 and drive a Subaru". probably not the smartest thing to do Raver!

6.) 20 Mar 2017 17:14:43
Don't be silly Ed025, I would never employ his mum . :)

{Ed025's Note - love it sharpey.. :)

7.) 20 Mar 2017 17:28:54
You got to admit, Raver is a funny bugger, thick skinned, but funny.

{Ed025's Note - i like him dags, win or lose he still comes on giving it large and im sure that his skin is not as thick as his head mate.. :)

8.) 20 Mar 2017 18:58:04
That had me in stitches.
And you summed up a spud fan perfect. Not like us eaton educated sharp witted fan.




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01 Nov 2017 13:10:59
Have always wanted to see him play in the premiership and see him as an Arsenal type player. As others have said, now a bit too old and injury prone, but he still knows how to score goals. I would still love to get him if he came on the cheap, but would be upset if he came in on the cheap just to replace Sanchez. However get him in just to strengthen the squad, then that would be a big yes from me.




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15 Aug 2017 13:05:08
To be fair, I moan at Walcott a lot for not running in behind the defense, but when he does he never gets the ball either. I do worry that if we wanted to play the ball over the top we would have used Walcott in that role more, but its just not our style. As Stoner says though, hopefully the more Lacazette offers himself with these runs the more others will realise.




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14 Aug 2017 12:20:32
Agree D16, Ospina is a good shot stopper but i fear he is a bit too small for a premiership keeper, he would have been even more exposed against Leicester with those long throws. I am a big fan of Butland, and would love to see him come in for next season, assuming he keeps fit this season, and of course I hope he has a stinker in his next game!




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01 Aug 2017 14:28:27
He is a very good player for Seville, plays in a position which obviously suits him, and was quite instrumental in their strong run last year. However, he didn't quite make it previously in the premiership, and is pushing on a bit age wise, so i don't think he would ever be an option anyway. However, i do like his physique and would prefer we sign a DM of similar build.




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28 Jul 2017 11:38:24
Why not keep the Ox and let him play the Santi role rather than shelling out a lot for another player?





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13 Nov 2017 13:18:47
I would say yes as an impact sub, but as a permanent replacement for Sanchez no way. Besides what would be the point in playing a winger when you are already playing 3 at the back with two wing-backs? The winger would just be occupying space the wing-back should be in, and then also what's the point of a player who beats the full back and crosses a ball, there with never be an Arsenal player on the end of the cross, they would all be waiting outside the box.




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01 Nov 2017 13:02:48
Unlikely, but would like us to sign Butland to replace the increasingly creaky Cech, and a CD, with no preference, knowing that Merts is quitting at the end of the season.




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23 Oct 2017 14:01:24
It will be nice for reality to dawn on the toots, most of which give us a hard time for not winning the league recently, when they also realise they are in a competition that is not on a level playing field. When you have a couple of teams with an unlimited budget, who for example already have a glut of fantastic players, but who could also sign Sanchez (and others) in January (to play or just stop them going to a rival! ) then they too will realise that despite having their best team in over 40 years, it still might not be enough to challenge the virtually unlimited spending power of Man City etc.




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23 Oct 2017 13:55:28
I think that's harsh G62. Bench him after he watched Cleverly stroke the ball in unmarked yes, but not after the "mistake" yesterday. That was as much Mets fault as his, very poor pass, and after that Xhaka had a very good game. If anyone deserves to be benched for a while its Cech. If we want a sweeper keeper, then Cech comes last in the list of premiership keepers. However i do believe the trouble will always be that playing Xhaka and Ramsey as our two central midfielders will always cost us games, as neither have a defensive bone in their body. We either need a CD (from the 3) who steps up when we have the ball to make a 3rd DM or we need to go back to 4 at the back which would allow us to play a dedicated DM behind Ramsey and Xhaka, allowing Ramsey to play more attacking and for Xhaka to concentrate on his distribution (Kongogbia would be my choice, playing brilliantly for Valencia) .




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07 Sep 2017 13:58:16
Olber, I can't see the atmosphere being great if were already 3-0 down at 3 o'clock, i mean, we normally need at least 50 mins for that!