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25 Jan 2019 13:57:47
Hello Eds,
Just after a bit of of information regarding the club and it's finances if possible. I know there's been this whole thing about Arsenal only being able to afford loan deals this month and so on, but it looks like Suarez is really keen to get this Arsenal move sorted. Have we really pushed our finances to the limit that much that the £17m asking price from Barcelona is just not achievable at all? Understand our revenue decrease is also a factor but it's frustrating that we can't take advantage of this opportunity. Why are Arsenal that concerned with having a obligation to buy? If they are sceltical about him being good enough then why even pursue a loan in the first place.
Many thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - The issue with DS is as I have said. The obligation/option issue. They don’t want to commit funds if it doesn’t work out. There is nothing sinister really here.}

1.) 25 Jan 2019 19:41:11
I understand that but does that mean Arsenal are going to try and loan every player going forward to try them out ‘incase it doesn’t work out’. seems a bit silly if you ask me when you have a player who wants to play for you and fits the bill in midfield. They just need to make their decision and either take it or leave it.

2.) 26 Jan 2019 12:13:42
Glenn, you are quite right, it's hogwash. It's nothing to do with concerns about 'working out' - they either do not have, or do not wish to spend, the asking fee. If we are at all worried about his ability to adapt to the EPL, we ought not be looking at him at all. I'm happy to give Emery and the management team time to develop the squad in the way they see fit, but that faith wears thin when our intelligence is insulted. To clarify, I presume that Ed002 was reflecting the club's view, not his own.

{Ed001's Note - I think Glenn is missing the point. Barca wanted an obligation to buy, Arsenal wanted an option. They didn't want to be forced to buy a player who was unhappy or not performing etc.}

3.) 26 Jan 2019 12:29:18
But it was clear an 'option' was not feasible on the basis of Suarez' contract running down affecting his value. Your final sentence Ed, must surely apply to every transfer?

{Ed001's Note - depends on how sure you are that you want that player as opposed to seeing a good value deal that might be worth a punt. Suarez was seen as a punt.}

4.) 26 Jan 2019 12:34:16
Sure, I take the point, but at this stage of the game, should we really be spending so much energy on a 'punt'. Anyway, fair enough. :) Best, U.

{Ed001's Note - to me I would agree with you, but this is Arsenal we are talking about and they do not work well in the transfer market or on the pitch a lot of the time. Organisation is sadly lacking at every level of the club.}



24 Jan 2019 16:39:21
Hello Eds,
Some London media reports are stating that the deal for Suarez is pretty much off, with Arsenal looking towards a loan move for PSG's Christopher Nkunku instead? Do you know if Arsenal have shown any interest in the player?
Many thanks.


{Ed002's Note - UE knows Nakuru well but any agreement will depend on a MF player arriving in Paris (in hand and probably not far away), what happens with Rabiot (a decision needs to be made now) and a guarantee of playing time in midfield - then it may be possible.}

1.) 24 Jan 2019 18:43:18
All in all sounds promising. Some more highly rated youth in the squad would be nice to see. Thank you Ed.

2.) 24 Jan 2019 20:23:46
I think we are genuinely trying to bring players in which whether we succeed or not is far better than the Benzema Higuian Mbappe nonsense of days gone by.
Hopefully things will work out but every target we've chased have been realistic and I'm really pleased about that.

3.) 24 Jan 2019 22:06:34
David Orstein has confirmed talks, let's get it done! Although PSG want to extend his contract before allowing the loan so his summer price tag will be higher 🙄.

4.) 25 Jan 2019 11:38:28
Would still prefer we found some cash to at least try and get Rabiot in the summer on a free.

5.) 25 Jan 2019 01:47:58
Do you rate Nkunku? Looks like he was quite the rising prospect a few years ago but has struggled to get regular first team action.

{Ed002's Note - I am not the guy to rate players - he is miffed as he is played out of position. PSG are not concerned if he goes.}



21 Jan 2019 10:23:51
Good Morning,

Various articles are publishing that Arsenal will make an approach to sign Gelson Martins on loan? Is this something that Arsenal are pursuing?

Many thanks.


1.) 21 Jan 2019 10:44:34
was just about to ask this too. as the claim goes, that he was bought by madrid only to sell him for a quick profit. what say you Ed?

{Ed002's Note - Atletico need cash for another matter and that is why he is available. I am not sure they will be open to a loan if offered,}

2.) 24 Jan 2019 05:46:17
thanks ed!



19 Jan 2019 21:27:17
I don't often agree with Martin Keown but he couldn't of put it better if he tried. "That manager there is worth his weight in gold". Brilliant team performance today but a real shame to see Bellerin go down. Perhaps a RB as well as Suarez should be a priority this month if the club can get it done. Great result today, COYG!




02 Jul 2018 13:15:01
Hello Eds,
Thanks for the list, it made a good read! Do you know of any news surrounding Max Meyer? I recall you stating back in April that something could be done but it seems to have gone quiet. I am reading that he wants a minimum of £77,000 a week to join any club which I don't think is bad regardless of being down the pecking order. A free transfer too, wouldn't be a bad bit if business!
Many thanks.


{Ed002's Note - Right now his demands are beyond what Hoffenheim, Milan and Arsenal are able or prepared to pay. The interest of Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Liverpool has moved on for now, leaving Marseille who are thinking about Meyer and another high-price midfield option.}

1.) 02 Jul 2018 13:39:54
That's fair enough. If Arsenal honestly thought he was that good and would be a good addition to the squad then they would pay it. Cheers Ed.

{Ed002's Note - Maybe you need to understand a little more about FFP.}

2.) 02 Jul 2018 14:14:36
How do you know I don't? One thing I and nobody else knows is how Arsenal are affected by it because we don't know the margins or the budget that is available to the club. With that being said, if they can't afford Meyer then I highly doubt they will be successful with some of the names mentioned below.

{Ed002's Note - Clearly you don't understand the FFP rules at all.}

3.) 02 Jul 2018 14:41:38
Alright Ed. FFP was established to prevent professional football clubs spending more than they earn to gain success. However, it's actually down to the individual clubs, directors and senior executives to make decisions over how they spend their income. So yeah, I don't know how Arsenal are being assessed, I don't know their wage budget, I don't know how much they have available within a certain assessment period before being in danger of breaching the regulations.
Thanks for the concern though mate.

{Ed002's Note - You have already made it clear that you just don't understand.}

4.) 02 Jul 2018 15:19:49
Chill out Glenn 😂😂😂😂.

5.) 02 Jul 2018 15:29:18
Pls Ed 002 when you do have time could you help throw light on how FFP affect us signing Max Mayer not that I am crazy we sign him, but I believe these information would really enlighten my perspective on many apperent free deals?
They say not to be inform is to be deformed, I really would appreciate.

{Ed002's Note - That isn't what I said just the idiot started spouting rubbish.}




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08 Mar 2019 10:14:23
Spurs beat Dortmund in Germany and Man Utd pull off a stunning comeback in Paris while Arsenal, trying to sneak in a game while we are all travelling home from work, have lost to a bloody heartburn tablet!


1.) 08 Mar 2019 11:24:35
Sunday is a chance to put last night behind us and keep our meaningful season alive, a win would lift everyone, and basically a defeat doesn't bare thinking about.
Feels like a cup final in many ways.

2.) 08 Mar 2019 13:10:09
Couldn't agree more mate. Sunday is a must win.

3.) 08 Mar 2019 14:06:59
Agree Sunday is important, it isn't a must win but it is a must not lose. A win will not get us top 4 and a defeat won't resign us to 4th place relegation. As long as we stay within 4 points of top 4 we have as much chance as the others. Any more and we are in trouble as far as top four is concerned. But a win would be definate progress towards at least minimal seasonal improvement.

4.) 08 Mar 2019 17:25:44
A win against a rejuvenated Manchester United would be just what we need Steve, they've lost once since Ole took over and even that didn't actually count for anything over the two legs with PSG.
Win and top 4 is possible but lose and it's time to virtually accept when Jose went he took our realistic top 4 him opportunity with him.

5.) 08 Mar 2019 19:29:13
On current form Man Utd must be top dogs in Europe without doubt

A defeat wouldn’t raise eyebrows

A win would be a head shaker for many.



07 Mar 2019 12:03:37
So the rumours so far state that Suarez won't be getting a start again tonight. If he doesn't, he can't be impressing that much in training? Emery did say that he needed to earn his place in the team but come on, he couldn't even get a start against BATE. I would personally like to see a 4-2-3-1 with Ozil no.10, Suarez on the left and Mhki on the right. Auba up top seeing as we have no Laca but I wouldn't even be against Emery giving Nketiah a chance to shine. Need a good performance tonight, COYG!


1.) 07 Mar 2019 12:29:58
Does seem strange to go through all that negotiating and effort to bring him in and then not give him a chance, especially in the Europa.

2.) 07 Mar 2019 12:37:05
Would love to see Eddie get a run out, especially if we don't see Suarez tonight. I can imagine Emery will send out the big guns tonight, try to get an away goal or two and keep it tight at the back, and experiment more at home.

3.) 07 Mar 2019 15:09:26
Yeah it is a bit strange but hey, let's hope he doesn't get fed up of sitting on our bench too. I'm sure he'll get his chance but he needs to take it when it comes. As for Nketiah, he keeps getting praise from Freddie which is encouraging and good to see.

4.) 07 Mar 2019 15:46:57
We could do with Eddie Nelson and Maitland Niles all pushing into our best 18 and allowing us to use all and any funds on strengthing the defensive qualities of the squad.



02 Mar 2019 12:05:43
Not a fan of the line up today.


1.) 02 Mar 2019 12:18:13
Bizarre is the word that comes to my mind first! If it comes good he's a genius and if it doesn't then I'm sure Steve will explain why he had no choice:-)

2.) 02 Mar 2019 12:18:50
M neither, hope I'm wrong, maybe some little knocks involved.

3.) 02 Mar 2019 13:19:43
Half time. 45 minutes to go 😬 COYG!

4.) 02 Mar 2019 14:03:10
20 minutes to go and Dick is a genius up till now :-) brilliant result if it stays this way :-)

5.) 02 Mar 2019 14:36:15
Had our chance with that penalty despite the offside leveller. Big big shame it wasn't 3 points today so pray for a Chelsea and United slip up now 🙏.



28 Feb 2019 15:05:57
An interesting write up on Xhaka after the Southampton game:

A lot of what Xhaka does falls in the "intangibles" category. There isn't a stat for control, though if you combine number of touches with number of times possession was surrendered, you can get a good indication, and Xhaka is a master in the art of not giving the ball up. Often at times he will protect the ball with his body until he is fouled, which accomplishes the goal of not surrendering possession even if he puts his body on the line for it. For instance, he was fouled a massive five times against the Saints, with the majority coming from him refusing to give up the ball. But in these past two matches, Xhaka has given all the haters out there even more to think about, because he's created six chances in his last two matches since returning from injury. Only Alex Iwobi can match that number, and Iwobi is obviously a bit looser in possession than our man from Switzerland. It's not just that though, it's his ability to not waste possession either. He isn't the kind of guy who is going to play a ball forward and hope for luck. If it isn't there, he finds the space where it is, whether that is backwards, forwards, cross town or into a different area code, he will find the most logical outlet. He completed a team-high 90.4% of his passes against Southampton, touched the ball more than any non-defenders and only gave up possession one measly time. So please, try to tell me why his control isn't necessary.

Xhaka isn't about goals and assists. He controls the tempo of the game and finds the space to create those chances elsewhere. Is he consistent enough, no way! Could he be good enough, most certainly.


1.) 28 Feb 2019 15:26:42
So Xhaka had one of his handful of good games against one bing v Southampton and that's now the yardstick by which he should be measured by?
Where is all this controlling of games the vast majority of games?
How come we are yet to finish top 4 with this midfield maestro at the helm controlling games despite never missing out on top 4 before he arrived for 22 seasons.
Sorry you can call me hater all you like because I don't agree with you but chose to believe my own eyes and judgement rather than simply accept what you tell me think.
The truth is i don't hate Xhaka, why would I? I've never met the man.
I simply don't rate him as a footballer but then again the vast majority of people I've met throughout my life I haven't rated as footballers many of who I admire and like a lot.
Sorry Glen but that's just over emotional defence of your own opinions on Xhaka which doesn't make them facts.

2.) 28 Feb 2019 15:59:31
For me, that is one of his massive problems, he controls the game, he slows it down, passes back and sidewards (to keep his stats up) to no one in particular. He can't carry the ball, doesn't travel with the ball ever, looses it far too often. He is so limited in his actual footballing abilty, can't tackle, head, dribble or dominate a game. He is a stroller and can't influence against the better teams. I personally would be very happy, if we can sell on for 10 to 15 mil this summer, the big problem would be, championship clubs wouldn't pay that for him. The future of this clubs midfield for me is Gouendouzi, torreira, AMN and probably ahead of xhaka, Chambers. That gives us youth, mobility, balance, dynamism and people who can tackle.

3.) 28 Feb 2019 16:04:46
Mate it's just a write up from another Arsenal forum I follow, not my opinion. My opinion is very much what I wrote at the end of the post. Is he good enough? Yes he is, but he isn't consistent enough which is what makes him not good enough for Arsenal. I know that sounds contradicting but he does have the talent, just not the consistency to play at our level every week. As for not finishing in the top 4, that's hardly just down to Xhaka. As a team we haven't been good enough for top 4 mate and haven't deserved it.

4.) 28 Feb 2019 16:44:28
I agree our top 4 excit hasn't been solely down to Xhaka Glen that wouldn't be fair at all but his and Mustafi arrival have coincided and contributed to our decline and we certainly aren't betrer with than without them todate.
There are many reasons we dropped out of the top 4 and the total in consistency of Xhaka and Mustafi can't be totally discounted.
Le coq and Gabriel gave consistently better performances yet we let them go for less than the cost of either Xhaka or Mustafi individually.

5.) 28 Feb 2019 17:08:49
Agree Glen but for me our dropping out of the top 4 coincided with xhaka coming in. No it isn't solely down to him that's correct but our flimsyness is partly him and partly many other factors. Some games he does do ok but for me they are few and far between and ok isn't good enough. We are stuck with him and i'm sure he will continue to divide people, i just think he is a small part of us not challenging again. At what point Dick sees that and is able to dispose of him and replace, is anyones guess. What number he is on his to do list among the other to do things, will come clear in the future, i suppose.

6.) 28 Feb 2019 23:46:39
Apologies Glen misunderstood your original post, sorry about that mate major woops by me there :- (.

7.) 01 Mar 2019 08:48:50
No worries Gunner. My issue is that I do like the guy and I want him to succeed, but he needs to show consistency if that's the sort of football he wants to bring to the team. I would even go as far as saying that I think we need a player like him (doing what he does so irregularly) playing from a more defensive position but not solely disciplined defensively. If he can't produce these performances every week then of course it isn't good enough! let's see how he plays against Spurs seeing as he was dropped midweek.

8.) 01 Mar 2019 10:23:46
I don't think the whole deep lying playmaker is either needed or works in the premiership. Its no coincidence that of the main teams that use it, us and Chelsea, both players in the role appear to be struggling and are subsequently disliked by the fans. For me its a role that just slows down the play, as its all about keeping the ball rather than actually doing something constructive with it. Torriera is much better in the DM role for us as he is much more direct in how he moves the ball forward. With Xhaka its more 50 passes sideways, just to keep possession. Teams cotton on to this and start pressing, which is why the DLP is getting exposed and starts giving the ball away in poor places just like Xhaka and Jorginho are doing.

9.) 01 Mar 2019 20:40:33
Funny enough EG i don't rate jorginho anyway, especially when you have Kante, who is far better.

10.) 01 Mar 2019 22:18:03
Thanks Glen :-)



27 Jan 2019 16:07:17
Haha. As I said yesterday, Inter not interested in anything if it isn't permanent. Who shall we go for now then? 😂 getting beyond a joke.


1.) 27 Jan 2019 16:42:19
I can't see the fuss about singing short term players anyway, either we want a player to be part of our next 18 months or we don't, its not all about this season so if we don't want them for more than a few months and thier club doesn't want to simply loan them, move along nothing to see here.
We most certainly shouldn't be signing a winger when our funds are so short because we have Nelson returning and we should give him a chance to save us a few bob and spend where we need it most.
Miki and Danny have no resale value so if possible we might as well keep them for next season along with Nelson and worry about getting some kind of defence sorted.
Surely with such limited funds we've got to prioritise where we are weakest even if the likes of Miki aren't brilliant we still have a lot less problems offensively than we do defensively.
We will not be challenging for the title next season no matter what we do but top 4 might be possible if we spend what we have where we need it most.

2.) 27 Jan 2019 17:45:23
Yep we won't get much done faffing about like this, you can't blame them, for wanting it to be permanent or an obligation to buy, it's not like a young player where we would be doing them a favour and giving him game time and when we sent him back his value might of increased, his value will of decreased if we decide its not for us.

3.) 27 Jan 2019 18:10:08
Exactly Eden mate. It's not like there suddenly going to give in and agree to our very one sided approach.
I can only assume we either have other less publicised deals going on elsewhere or we are simply not that fussed about doing any business this widow but want to been seen to have tried to do so.

4.) 27 Jan 2019 17:56:34
I’m just grateful we sorted out this top team behind the scenes to get transfers sorted out without much fuss. 🙄.

5.) 27 Jan 2019 18:40:41
I agree about not signing short term players but I not the winger situation. Seeing as Nelson is the only registered winger on our books we definitely need another! Can’t expect him to be the one to change things out wide on his own and some experience in that position would only give him something to gain confidence from as well! A winger yes, an aging winger who we are going to look to pay €40m for. No. Suarez or Nkunku can help us out wide as well as in the middle.

{Ed0333's Note - sometimes you need to spend exuberant amounts of money on good players regardless of age. There’s only a small pool of players out there in January and Perisic gets you Champions League it would be worth it.

6.) 27 Jan 2019 18:44:20
Despite all the noise not much seems different to be fair Stoner mate, the new backroom boys did well last January and in the summer but it's all looking more familiar again now mate.
I don't think all is rosy in the back room garden at present.

7.) 27 Jan 2019 19:16:11
But when you’re running a business like ours you can’t afford to spend exuberant amount of money on players, only for them to need replacing in 18 months time. They may not be world cup winners etc but there are plenty of younger players out there who would relish the opportunity. Great, sign perisic he’s a fantastic player and will do us the world of good but with our finances, we need to stop plugging gaps and look to progress over time, not immediately. In my opinion I would rather see Arsenal commit to buying Suarez and Nkunku for the combind value of Perisic and then sign another player at CB for a larger fee.

8.) 27 Jan 2019 20:47:36
If we were one player away I'd say push the boat out with 40 million on player age 29 with no resale value but we are 7 to 9 players away with limited funds so it would be crazy to throw all we have on one player with a very short time left at the top.

9.) 28 Jan 2019 07:07:36
We can give Ozil 15mil a year for doing stuff all but can't sign anyone unless on a free. something seriously wrong at our club.

10.) 28 Jan 2019 07:49:38
Very very poor financial management Sparky and it will take time to recover from.




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31 Jan 2019 09:02:36
Good little player and a great move for him. Keep him on his toes with some decent first team football and bring him back in for pre-season. If he copes well with it, him and Nelson could well be forcing their way in to the squad next season. I wouldn't be against Smith-Rowe having a full season abroad either though.




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30 Jan 2019 11:18:28
Back in talks to sign Carrasco apparently since Inter are refusing to loan Perisic. Better option imo purely based on age and future at the club. He is a good player and will certainly bring something different to the team along with Suarez. Whether we will get Carrasco done however, i'm not to confident but there is time!




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29 Jan 2019 09:36:05
I totally agree Gunner be he hasn't had much of chance to change that from a players perspective. We have been crying out for a defensive midfielder and Torreira was brought in. We were crying out for a GK and Leno was brought in. We needed some more defensive cover and Sokratis was brought in. The trouble is we actually have a lot of players in defence so without moving some on, it's hard to keep adding. Bellerin, Monreal, Kos, Sokratis, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Holding, Lich, Jenkinson, Mavropanos plus 3 youngsters have been promoted to the first team, Osei-Tutu, Medley and Pleguezuelo. 13 defenders. We can't just keep buying. I think we will see an overhaul defensively in the summer with Jenkinson, Monreal and possibly Mustafi leaving. Kos maybe but he loves the club so might stick around for another season to provide cover in cup games etc. Emery needs time, he can't do anything miraculous defensively straight away when 90% of the players at his disposal can't defend.




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29 Jan 2019 07:53:47
Emery is doing a great job with the team he has inherited and you have to take in to account the injuries he's had to face as well. Rob Holding being the biggest loss imo. People seriously need to give him a chance.




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26 Jan 2019 16:50:21
Yes I know. Inter also want an obligation to buy according to reports and will only accept offers between 35-40m in the summer.





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09 Mar 2019 10:43:12
Both brilliant players and crucial for the future development of our squad. Looking forward to watching them grow 👌🏻.




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08 Mar 2019 13:10:09
Couldn't agree more mate. Sunday is a must win.




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07 Mar 2019 15:09:26
Yeah it is a bit strange but hey, let's hope he doesn't get fed up of sitting on our bench too. I'm sure he'll get his chance but he needs to take it when it comes. As for Nketiah, he keeps getting praise from Freddie which is encouraging and good to see.




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02 Mar 2019 19:33:41
We have to win against united or top 4 could be tough to achieve. Chelsea have fulham and a game in hand against Brighton so to keep pressure on both clubs a win is key. Can't have united going 4 clear, no way!




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02 Mar 2019 14:36:15
Had our chance with that penalty despite the offside leveller. Big big shame it wasn't 3 points today so pray for a Chelsea and United slip up now 🙏.