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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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01 Mar 2018 10:15:19
Talk in the press that Wilshire will walk at the end of the season if he isn't offered a substantially higher contract. I say cheerio old chap and good riddance, and you can take your smoking/ late night punch ups outside nightclubs, and your being available about 1 game in 4 in your current contract with you. I will happily come down and open the door for you to leave.


{Ed025's Note - a bit harsh that epping..they have doormen for that.. :)

1.) 01 Mar 2018 10:25:26
The problem is if Jack goes who's going to sit on the grass waving his arms about every time they lose the ball?
Half tidy player with the potential to be more but a very very dodgy mentality, not sure wed miss him in 33 games out of 38 even when he is available.

2.) 01 Mar 2018 10:40:24
Well that’s Epping and g62 off next years Christmas card list 😡.

3.) 01 Mar 2018 11:37:12
Hey I know your a big Jack fan Sanogo mate and I can see why at times too, currently he along with Aaron is our only Mf players worth mentioning.
But unfortunately even both of them are very hit and miss which doesn't say a lot for the shape we're in right now.
For me Jack and Arsenal are a toxic combination with niether going to be all they might be together, Jack needs if he can to get away from London and to a club with a manager who will demand the right things from him all the time not just accept Jack being Jack.
Being avaliable on a free might just open some doors for Jack to get a chance to turn all that potential into something but that is never going to happen at Arsenal or in London so it would be best for both club and player to part company in my opinion.
I know you will be upset mate but long term it will be the right thing for everyone Jack Arsenal and Sanogo too :-)



27 Feb 2018 18:12:18
Lots of talk about who in our squad is or isn't good enough currently but for me, whatever combination of our current midfield play together, we will never win a major competition. Whether we play Xhaka and Wilshire, Wilshire and Elneny, Ramsey and Xhaka etc its not good enough. These players are giving absolutely no protection to the defence, and yet appear devoid of assisting our attacking play either, so you have to ask what's the point of them? For me, we need to ship out Xhaka and Elneny and withdraw any potential contract offer for Wilshire. None of these players are good enough, and keeping them in the squad will just prevent us going out to get players who would make a difference (and Elneny is taking up the squad position that really needs to be given to Maitland-Niles) . Ramsey survives IMO as he does at least offer some sort of attacking threat when on form, but the rest can go. Not saying we would have won on Sunday, but imagine our same team but with two central midfielders in the style of a Dembele and Kongdogbia running midfield, offering good protection to the back 4,and also with the ability to push forward when needed. Some say we need one DM, but for me we need at least 2 decent CM's otherwise we are going to tread water no matter who we play up front and in defence.


1.) 27 Feb 2018 18:28:32
Personally I think Aaron will go thus summer to further his career, the Ox is improving at Liverpool and Ramsey might think his career is passing him by.

2.) 27 Feb 2018 19:02:41
If wenger stays, none of it matters.

3.) 27 Feb 2018 19:05:16
Sum it up in a nutshell mate.

4.) 27 Feb 2018 19:11:30
Hey 62,

After my comments about the Ox it appears he went out and had a man of the match performance.

Maybe I should comment on ALL of our midfield and defence!

I’m honestly not certain however that his performances have been much if any of an improvement on good games he played for us. For both sides they have been few and far between.

He has time on his side though.

5.) 27 Feb 2018 20:20:11
Hi Stoner, yeah that's usailly my trick :-)
I just think if Ox and Theo improve and probably most importantly stay fit at Liverpool and Everton then Aaron will almost certainly consider if a move would benefit his career too.
All 3 were regularly injured with us but so far Theo and Ox (I'm pleased for them both) seem to be staying available for longer at their new clubs.

6.) 27 Feb 2018 22:03:14
Epping gooner, agree with everything you say apart from wilshere. I think he is a good midfielder. The rest are terrible though. Xhaka is pathetic absolute joke. Can't tackle, is slow and has poor concentration and is a tackle away from a red card. I have no idea what he offers honestly. Elneny is hardworking but deficient of talent. IMO Ramsey is overrated too. Against teams that press too high, he loses the ball a lot. Of all our central midfielders, i would only retain wilshere, ozil and maitland-niles. I think there is something special about maitland niles.

7.) 28 Feb 2018 09:17:07
PG I was starting to think Wilshire could have a future with us, despite only really being available for about one quarter of his current contract, but his last two performances against Osterlund and Man City were pathetic and just reminded me of every issue we have always had with him. Sadly he is no defensive midfielder, and we already have other options who are better attacking midfielders, so I don't really see what benefit he adds.

Everyone comments about how he holds the ball for too long which has caused him past injuries, but holding the ball too long is also harming the timing of the runs by our forwards. Time again against city Auby was making runs behind only for Wilshire (and others) to hold the ball too long. I think it's time for a change, but as others have mentioned, the first needs to be at the top.

8.) 28 Feb 2018 16:07:49
wilshere is very useful against teams that press because he can hold the ball, dribble and run at defences. Rememeber the game against barcelona in 2011? I was so shocked at how he dominated xavi. Injuries is what has destroyed him. Even if he is not good enough for you i think he is at least good enough to be a squad player. Apart from the last few games, he has been decent since he came into the team.



14 Feb 2018 13:58:51
So i know as a sensible human being i have to respect people with alternative views to myself, but i have to admit i am finding it increasingly difficult to understand why anyone, based on current evidence, can remain blindly as an "In Wenger We Trust" individual. Now before all those IWWT people on here jump down my throat, i don't necessarily mean those who at least can put forward a half decent technical reason for him to remain, but its more aimed at those who blindly base their decision on Wengers history at the club, and what he did over 10 years ago. Perhaps worse than those are the "be careful what you wish for" brigade, who i imagine never leave their house in case something unexpected happens. So to them i say the following. Based on your views, I believe the following: Wenger should never have been our manager. He should be removed immediately and replaced with the man who previously had the best managerial record with Arsenal, Herbert Chapman. Based on his history he should still be our manager and should never have been replaced. So Ok yes, he may have sadly passed away, but hey, based purely on his record he still needs to be our manager, and so let's get his ashes put on the side of the pitch to manage the team, because, after his major success, why oh why did we get rid of him, what were we thinking? No doubt the "careful what you wish for brigade were out in force at the time, and you have to ask, why didn't we heed their advice at the time, as we have never won a single competition since. Oh Wait.


1.) 14 Feb 2018 15:13:16
Maybe context is relevant. If you accept that Man City can't be outspent, and that a half decent manager would do well with them, let alone Pep, then what is it being asked of AW and AFC.

I don't know how much Koeman spent at everton, but didn't seem to improve their position - partly wrong players/ prices, but also probably as teams they were chasing spent more. Its the same with AFC and spurs, LFC and to a lesser extent Chelsea compared with City.

If spend won't get the team right up there, it can then only be club structure and tactics.

AW is bringing through youth, more than other teams. Most of us think bellerin, holding, nelson, Niles (and some people iwobi) are either first teamers now and if not, great future talents. So AW/ AFC ticking that box. I think jack (at 25?) will re-sign although he could get more money elsewhere partly because he is 100% arsenal but also because of AW's treatment of him.

If it's tactics, i would agree in part. I don't know enough about real tactics to talk about AW's failings, but he seems stubborn about players and formation. That said, it could be argued that sticking with xhaka etc, the intention is to show faith in the players that he genuinely thinks are capable rather than doing a mourinho and osttacising the next de bruyne, salah, schurle, lukaku etc.

My biggest criticism is sticking to high pressing and eye of a neesle passing rather than trying to draw teams out more. Also, not playing wide and crossing from the byline when we had Ollie. Again, I don't profess to be an expert.

I also jave no idea how he has been inhibited behind tje scenes or jas taken tough decisions which haven't worked out.

So for me, AW is intelligent, experienced, loves AFC, treats the players with respect and loyalty, still gives us entertaining football. His approach still attracts players as they know they will be part of a team. Am I frustrated with glaring errors? Yes. Do i believe je can't see them? No. Could someone else address them better? Maybe. Will they likely win us the league in the next 5 Years? No, but we should be able to be top 4.

Do I think anyone else could have navigated us to where we are right now? Honestly, no. I think someone elae would've spent big and gone down - see villa, Newcastle, or perhaps tread water like everton, but certainly not won us the league or got us into the champs semi finals.

2.) 14 Feb 2018 15:43:44
Jim, so what direction have we been heading in these last few years, up or down? Is believing in xhaka working? Has our defence ever been worse? Is 6th and the 12th year without a realistic title challenge enough? Is our squad better now than say 5 years ago? Should we saver being in the europa league? Do you not think he has just been our manager too long? Is there real hope and optimism around what he is doing? If the answer to all those questions is yes, wenger should be given a 10 year contract. If no, then what?

3.) 14 Feb 2018 17:01:54
I only personally know one from about 200 gooners I personally know and although a really lovely guy that’s the problem. He is happy to see every sunrise and feel blessed.

4.) 14 Feb 2018 17:53:06
I think Arsene might, I say might just be prepared to walk this season unless we win the europa league and quality for next seasons champions league.
I've never got the impression our not being competitive in the title race ever hurt Arsene personally, I think he's been very proud to have built the stadium and keep delivering champions league participation and for him regardless of what anyone else thought just hanging out with Europe's elite clubs was success.
But now making top 4 has become a bridge to far for the second successive season I think Arsene is very much hurting personally and he might not be able to find the emphusiasom to accept a Europa league future after so many years of being associated with even if not competing with Europe's elite.
Just my view but it's a big step down for Arsene to have to accept no longer being mentioned in the same breathe as Barcelona Real Bayern and Co anymore.

5.) 14 Feb 2018 17:41:11
For me Jim, the rot is well and truly set in. We aren't a club on the up, we are going further and further into obscurity. No pundit in the land thinks we are top 4 material anymore, not one. While that on its own is not reality, it is damming. Its not because they are biased, its because we are poor and adrift.

6.) 14 Feb 2018 18:17:03
Gunner, my opinion is wenger, can't let go, whatever, he only sees himself as a success, nobody could do his job better. He won't leave, he will have to be pushed and i find that disturbing. The greatest modern manager in the prem even new when his time was up and he left at the top. Wenger is blind to any damage he is doing.

7.) 14 Feb 2018 18:39:26
Steve City and Pep might not be able to repeat this season again next season but they will once again be the team to beat.
Mourinho and Utd will add to what they already have buy spending more of whether it takes to get the players they want, they are definitely going to finish this season higher and probably their highest position post Fergie, so they are without question on the upwards trend.
Chelsea will most likely replace Conte and have another up season in what seems like a yo yo champions under achievers on off rotation.
Liverpool under Klopp leap fogged us last season with out spending a fortune and this season have spent more but also increased their position above us, it's difficult to argue they too are on the up.
Spurs will most likely finish above us for a second successive season but may or may not lose Harry thus summer, even if they do lose him but retain Poch then who's to say they won't invest the money they get to increase their overall strength.
As we stand Spurs too are certainly a club very much on the up.
As for us?
We have so many problems to sort out in so many positions and even though PEA is a magnificent signing can he or anyone really do more for us than Sanchez did? If we rise above the bitterness some people now feel towards Sanchez who can honestly deny he was absolutely outstanding for us.
My point is that while all the teams currently above us look likely to continue to improve next season we are still moving in the opposite direction currently.
Next seasons top 4 is already looking further away than this season's did last August.
It's up to us to improve ourselves rather than hope something wrong at 2 or more of the clubs who are currently to hot for us to keep up with.

8.) 14 Feb 2018 18:50:13
I've been of the same opinion too Steve but now that we look europa league fixtures at best for the foreseeable future I think things might change with Arsene himself.
Spurs Liverpool Utd have all raised the bar this past 2 seasons and even though many at Arsenal might be willing to lower our own bar to enable Arsene to get over it the rest of football won't be so accommodating towards making Arsene feel good.
I'm not sure Arsene is prepared to sit at the second tier table from now on after so many years of dinning with the big clubs.

9.) 14 Feb 2018 18:56:02
Gunner from my point of view, if wenger stops, we are not getting top four next season. If he leaves, we can at least hope. It will be up to the board.

10.) 14 Feb 2018 19:06:44
I think parting company witness Arsene how ever it happens has to be the first step Steve but I don't think it's going to be as simple as just doing that, those above aren't going to simply make way for us because Arsenes not our manager any more.
There is an awful lot of work to be done mate as we have an awful lot of players who aren't up the standard required in several positions, it's not as simple as get a new manager spend £150 million job done, in my opinion it could take 2 to 3 seasons before we get back into the top 4 even let alone challenge even with a new manager.

{Ed025's Note - i think your right G62, unless you get a manager who does,nt give a jot about the defence and likes tippy tappy footballers then the new guy will have a hell of a task mate..

11.) 14 Feb 2018 20:22:24
I think we are a new manager and three players from getting top 4. How high?, that will depend on the manager and who he brings in. We are fine offensively we need work defensively. We are 10 years plus in our coaching behind under wenger. A modern coach would improve us 30% just organising.

12.) 14 Feb 2018 20:58:04
We might not strike gold first time with our next manager Steve we may have to dig a few times in a few different places before we actually get another lucky strike.
In Arsene Wenger we struck very very rich seam indeed but unfortunately it's been increasingly less and less productive for over a decade now.
When we crashed out of last seasons champions league against Bayern and the players left the field with the champions league music playing the commentator on the Radio said
" I wonder how long it will be be before we here that music played again at the Emirates "
I couldn't help but think that night how scary but brutally honest his question was.

13.) 14 Feb 2018 20:14:36
We have to be realistic Ed025 mate both with and without Arsene.
The first step towards going in the right direction is to accept it and simply stop walking in the wrong direction!
As Kenny Rogers said
"sometimes you've got to know when to hold um and know when to fold um"
Every man and his wife knows Arsenes cards inside out and his bluffing no longer fools anyone who doesn't want to be fooled.
I wonder where Liverpool utd Spurs would all be if they'd stuck with Brendan Sherwood and Lvg?

14.) 14 Feb 2018 21:21:25
Gunner we aren't in a fergie situation. He got the best out of a pretty average bunch at the end and left a huge void to fill. Wenger is not getting the best out of this team, he isn't irreplaceable like fergie, it can be improved and for me, anyone with good coaching ability would improve us straight away. To where, time will tell.

15.) 14 Feb 2018 21:59:59
Steve I don't think anyone is going to walk in and change a whole culture quickly and painlessly, our players are used to 4th place being a trophy and a manager who makes excues for them and that won't be easy to change overnight. Some will adapt and buy into being held accountable some will take acception to it.
When Mourinho took over Porto half way through the season in around mid table he told the players the club were going to be champions the next season and those who wanted to do things his way and be part of it could stay and who ever wasn't happy could leave, half left and the other half went on to the win the title the next season and the champions league after that.
We need a strong brave manager with that sort of approach to sort out our cosy club mentality firstly before anything else, he may or may not follow it with success but first he has to break up and dismantle the mentality that has been within the club for years and that all the pundits question on a regular basis season after season.
It's not a easy job mate, replacing Arsene of the last 10 years is far from impossible but the next manager won't be inheriting the George Graham foundations that Arsene did he will inherit more closely what George found when he took over.
I don't think it's going to be as easy or simple to get back to even top 4 contention as you think mate.
Not impossible but equally no formality.

{Ed0333's Note - Who would you like to see taking over from Mr Wenger mate?

16.) 14 Feb 2018 22:38:59
Hi Ed033 mate, personally I'd be open to all sensible candidates like Sean Dyche who is up and coming (like Poch was not so long ago ) or like Ancelotte a seasoned proven man who has had success at lots of different clubs.
I'd just like some to come in clear out this soft cosy mentality and replace it with a different mentality with accountability and responsibility.

{Ed0333's Note - I would go all out for the Hoffenheim coach if I were you he’d be perfect. Give him lots of money to spend and a salary he can’t refuse. How else are you gonna overhaul City, Liverpool, Spurs, United and Chelsea?

17.) 14 Feb 2018 23:07:42
I think whoever you appoint is a gamble Ed033, why has Poch worked out so well at Spurs and Brendan Rogers so badly at Liverpool despite spending lots more money.
There are few if any Peps and Jose's about who seem to come with a anything to like a guarantee.
Klopp is the nearest thing I've seen to a safe bet for the likes of Liverpool Arsenal Spurs who are big clubs with great but not unlimited resources but I can't think of another Klopp right now, so it's pays ya money and takes ya chance almost who ever you go for but there comes a time when you just have to take a chance somewhere on someone.

{Ed0333's Note - nothing is certain in life mate apart from the fact Sam Allardyce will fail wherever he goes.

18.) 14 Feb 2018 23:24:19
Don't know much about him Ed, I assume he is building a decent reputation? My worry is that we sign a 'step up' manager who is happy to come in on a decent salary but accepts there is no transfer budget. For me, signing a Simeone or Allegri, whilst might not ultimately prove to be the correct decision, by securing their signing would hopefully show some sort of intent from the club? I would imagine both would be in demand from other big clubs so I couldn't see either choose us knowing we have little ambition and a tight as a knats wozit transfer budget.

{Ed0333's Note - you have a super stadium, great training facilities a brand new scouting network with world class scouts you just need a manager with a tactical blueprint and give him some time. Yes you won’t spend lots of money compared to Utd and City but who does have those types of transfer budgets in football very few teams. If I were you I’d be hopeful about the future. I know it’s in vogue to be hating on Arsenal at the moment but I would be hopeful for the future if I was an Arsenal fan.

19.) 14 Feb 2018 23:50:12
Steve R, why you give a hoot about Alan Shearer and whatever other mouthpiece looking for his next gig so he to be controversial commenting on the Arse? These guys are the sporting equivalent of a Louis Walsh. #COYG.

20.) 15 Feb 2018 03:19:14
IT if you read what i put, it has nothing to do with reality, but pundits don't rate us, that's all. Loyal ardent arsenal and wenger pundits that have played for us are saying the same. It was just a point.

21.) 15 Feb 2018 09:40:45
Football pundits are like political analysis experts they often differ in their opinion and are extremely often wrong, but when they all agree 100% about something it's usually about something that's pretty obvious and almost impossible to argue against.
Arsenes early success is impossible to argue against as is his and Arsenals steady decline over the last decade or so.
We are a club in limbo waiting for the change that absolutely has to happen to actually happen and for Arsene to set Arsenal free from its debt we owe him for those first 10 years, because it's only that debt that has kept him his job so long.

22.) 15 Feb 2018 11:42:13
BTW, i just wanted to say great reply to my original post JiMGoon. I don't necessarily agree with all you mention, but its nice to see someone make a thoughtful and structured statement about the way they see things at the club, even if it differs to most of the posters on here, and it certainly opens up channels for us to debate!

23.) 15 Feb 2018 17:28:24
Thanks Epping.

I still have huge concerns, but want to try and base my opinions on fact or the opinions of professionals that have more insight than me.

Before my phone lost it, i did respond to Steve's question:
"what direction have we been heading in these last few years, up or down? "
By saying, from memory, 4 seasons back we were 4th, then 3rd, then 2nd, so technically UP.
At the time AW got stick which i thought was unfair. If fans had supported the team, who knows where we would have been.
Aw hasn't helped matters with his contract farce or team selections or tactics, but i really think the fans negativity contributed too.

Now its toxic and he has to go, but i think he knows it. Its down to the board to decide if its in the clubs long term interest when leaving will be. I hope and trust he's now just trying to prepare for the future and look after the youngsters and players like jack etc before he goes and help appoint a successor - either with long term loyalty like ljungberg with others support, or a Poch type.

Until then I'm happy seeing out AW's final days (i think this is the last season) showing him respect, supporting the team to do as well as possible - even if a 5th place a scrap is as good as it gets - showing mikhi, auba, laca and Kolasinac that they've come to a great club and made the roght choice, enjoying watching them play and Jack proving loadsof fans wrong.

I still think Wenger has the club's interest at heart, but his tactics haven't worked or he's not been able to get the players to perform. so although not expecting him to do anything other than see out his tenure.

IAWT (to do what's best for the club)

24.) 15 Feb 2018 11:36:41
I must confess Ed033, i am a lot more positive now after the arrival of these new guys in the scouting and backroom teams. Ed002, who seems to be fairly knowledgeable on the subject (to put it mildly! ) , has said many positive things about them, and so perhaps for the first time we can see the light emerging of life without Arsene. Perhaps more importantly, we were all worried about who at the club was actually capable of scouting and hiring our next manager, but with these guys in place, i feel we can at least be more hopeful that there are now more experienced 'football brains' at the club who are going to be part of that process.

{Ed0333's Note - if I were you mate I’d be looking forward to an exciting new chapter in the life-story of AFC.

25.) 16 Feb 2018 00:59:13
Jim, what do you think arsenal will gain having a manager going into the last year of his contract again, within the space of two years. When the last time it happened, it was a disaster. Especially when he is in an even more precarious position.

26.) 16 Feb 2018 09:21:17
Steve, without knowing the reasons for that even happening, we don't know the alternative, but it's not good.

If the club have a manager in mind, lined up to take over at the end of aw contract next year (my typo yesterday. He will stay next season) ands managed well/ communicated internally, it should be fine.

If the club have a manager they're not sure will come, or none available, or none the board want, then it's likely going to be a new contract farce which will be unsettling. They will again have to decide to let aw go and get someone in temporarily, which is unlikely, or a crazy 1 year contract.

That's the club's fault though.

27.) 16 Feb 2018 19:46:04
Yes jim it seems a bit crazy to me, i think the two year contract was badly thought out either way.



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.





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16 Mar 2018 14:13:23
Not sure if Allegri's style would work in the premiership, but no doubt he is a winner and therefore would be just what we need. Also, i think he would be exactly the sort of name that would encourage top players to join, even if there was no initial CL on offer. Finally of course, the papers would love it as they would have a field day on his 'off-field' antics!


{Ed002's Note - I wouldn't hold your breath for Allegri.}



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15 Feb 2018 13:20:19
Ed, would it be fair to say that Sanllehi and Mislintat will be heavily involved in choosing Arsense's replacement when the time comes?


{Ed002's Note - I don't know about Mislintat but certainly Sanllehi.}



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02 Feb 2018 14:52:40
That rumour seems to have been floating around for a while LV. Perhaps people are looking at international managers who may call it a day after the WC this summer and putting 2 and 2 together? To be fair I could easily see France looking for a new manager if they don't win it with their current squad, and I am sure plenty would put Arsene forward as the next french manager if he wanted it? Combine that with perhaps Jochaim Lowe also perhaps calling it a day and looking to go back into club management, and i suppose you can see why these rumours exist.




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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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16 Mar 2018 16:47:42
Trip to Moscow. so, passport; Check. Toothbrush;. Check. Full chemical bio hazard suit;. check.




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13 Mar 2018 13:30:03
I agree with Iceman, let him go. He is always going to have to take up one of the precious two positions in central midfield, and he is neither big enough or strong enough to justify one of those places IMO. He is certainly no DM, and we have much better options at AM. Sadly i also fear that offering him a new contract will probably stop us from going out and getting a CM that we really need, one who will allow the likes of Ozil and Miki to push forward and support the front player (s) whilst being able to protect the back four better. From an attacking perspective I also think he holds on to the ball for far too long. I don't mean the famous one touch too many that gets him injured, but the fact that that one touch too many should have been a pass through to the forward. In just one game at the weekend Miki showed he has a greater understanding with the forwards with the ball being passed early in front of Auby than I have ever seen from Jack. Watch whenever he carries the ball forward, you constantly see the forwards desperately wanting the ball slipped behind the defence, but end up running offside, turning, and comeing back towards the ball because Jack has held on for too long.




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06 Mar 2018 23:37:15
The one light at the end of the tunnel for me Steve is the 2 new guys who have joined the back office/ management this year. Ed002 seems to know a lot about both, particularly the guy who has joined from Barcelona, (can't remember his name) and he has said good things about them. Certainly neither seem the sort who have come to put their feet up and let Wenger run the show, so I think things are slowly being put into place.




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06 Mar 2018 22:02:36
I must confess I am not as confident as others on here that Kronke will act. What evidence is there that he will do anything other than continue to live thousands of miles away and have absolutely no interest into the daily running of the club. Also I am sure I once read that Arsene only has a target of getting into the CL in only 2 out of every 4 seasons, or something like that, which if the case Kronke may say he has 1 more season to get us back. Add this to the increasingly defensive statements from Arsene, combined with press articles claiming he has told others he is staying as he is the right man to turn us around, and I fear that we may still have to put up with more of this than we all think. I hope to hell I am wrong.




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05 Mar 2018 21:47:04
NES your the delusional one if you think we are not part of the European elite. Let's get one thing straight, should there be any breakaway Euro league we will be in it, because we're the six biggest club in the world, and we have been successful despite what you like to think. Spurs on the other hand won't be invited, because your not a big team, and you have no history in either the CL or premiership. In other words in recent history, your current form is also a blip, and you will revert back to being a mid table team, whereas we will revert back to a top 4 team. Shame for you is that you have had to wait over 55 years to get a really decent team to finally challenge top honours, but in this short window before you revert to type, you have timed it just when the oligarchs are splashing the cash, so you still won't win anything, crying shame!