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04 Jan 2019 17:44:40
Could we be in for that other Pepe. The defender without a contract. Think that might be amazing in the short term! Two Pepes in one window would be mind blowing! (Btw is it Pepes in plural or Pepi)


{Ed0333's Note - I’m assuming Pep’s

1.) 04 Jan 2019 22:08:12
How about "peeps"



30 May 2018 08:47:49
hey eds, do Arsenal have any intereset in Sander Berge this year? Remember there were some rumours last year. Being norwegian, i think that would be cool. he is a really interesting talent.

And what is hapening with max mayer?


{Ed001's Note - not that I am aware of and all I know about Meyer is he rejected Liverpool.}

1.) 30 May 2018 11:30:30
Ed001, i know its a long shot but are you aware of the reasons cited for him turning Liverpool down?

{Ed001's Note - no mate sorry.}



17 Aug 2017 18:32:06
Thank you for all your wisdom eds:)

One (some) question to understand the mechanics of transfers and club management. Do you think a Lemar deal would be more likely if we manage to find new clubs for players like Wilshere, Debuchy, Gibbs or Jenkinson? Or if Ox is leaving us?

It seems Arsenal have a to many players we hardly ever use, and probably never will use. These kind of squadplayers should be youngsters, right? Is this a situation we ended up in, since we had a stadium to repay. Seems like we gave out new contracts, instead of replacing with better players. Hence the high wages to some of these players.


{Ed002's Note - No it becomes more likely if the buing club make a serious effort to match the asking price.}




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12 Jan 2019 20:05:35
So who would you like as our new manager after Emery have to leave? I would like a manager who also have a defensive strategy. I’m affraid Emery is less clever than Guardiola, Klopp, Sarri and Poch, so how shall we catch up when we also spend less money. Simeone, Alegri? Maybe Benitez? Thought?


1.) 12 Jan 2019 20:18:49
Pep is a manager who spends super big but spends well, we don't need a Pep like manager because we can't spend super big.
Dick currently looks like a a swap from Arsene to Arsene with a different name and face.
We need a Poch type manager who doesn't need billions but can get the best out of decent players without being brilliant players.
I know he hasn't won anything but there is a reason Real and United are both so heavily linked to him.

{Ed002's Note - It is not about the managers or coaches - they are not in control of the finances. Manchester City has a very good scouting network and one of the absolute best Directors of Football in Txiki Begiristain who has the best of contacts throughout the game and has built relationships with reliable third parties. Raul Sanllehi is in a similar role at Arsenal but is there to restructure and build - which is what he is doing. You don't need to think about Mauricio Pochettino or anyone similar - he is working in an environment where the club has to pay for a stadium and money is not so easy to find - Arsenal went through that 10 years ago.}

2.) 12 Jan 2019 20:25:17
I was thinking about this today, who is out there if Emery did in fact leave, the list is short of managers who like you say, can outsmart the managers at clubs already ahead of us, and also, have the money available to him to buy players to improve the squad.

I like Simione, good in defence (which would be amazing to watch as an arsenal fan) and in a decade dominated by Messi's Barcelona and Ronaldo's Madrid, won a league title and got to a few European Finals whilst he was at it.

But to be fair, we are 8 months into a rebuild and spent 70m on players in the summer, half of which are doing well, (Torreria is a cult hero already) Emery is playing our youth prospects, for his good qualities as a manager he of course, has his faults, the Özil situation is troubling, and the squad selections aren't great, but given a fresh pick of any players he could have on his budget, I don't think many would be in his team, give him the time, give him a few transfer windows, and let's see where he takes us, if we finish 5th, so be it, he needs to be given time. Clear out the players he doesn't want, and the players on too much money and see what he can do. Every team goes through bad patches, especially in their first season, so let's just be patient.

3.) 12 Jan 2019 20:33:08
Very true but to the best of my knowledge Arsenal aren't going to be out bidding United City or Chelsea in the transfer market any time soon so we do need a coach who can organise anc motivate players to a level of competitiveness.
Most clubs need to go through a few managers before they find one that suits them and I've a feeling that will be the case with Arsenal too now.

{Ed002's Note - I am not sure that Arsenal has been looking to outbid any clubs let alone Manchester City or Chelsea. The point is that Arsenal has certain needs, a CB. CM and RW and soon a GK or two. They need to find and negotiate for players in those positions whilst releasing funds to make them financially viable. It really is just business as usual.}

4.) 12 Jan 2019 20:55:04
Good scouting and better return on investment along with a manager who can organise motivate develope the players is the only way I see for us to move forward.

5.) 12 Jan 2019 22:08:17
Emery isn't an A list manager but he isn't the fault here. Emery knows it will take a miracle to get arsenal back into the arsenal's
problem is the ownership. He doesn't want to invest so we are not going to win. it is simple as that. We need to find a way to get rid of the owner.

That said, my opinion was that he wasn't the right coach for Arsenal. He is a good coach but not on the level of guardiola or a klopp.

{Ed0333's Note - Nagelsmannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

6.) 12 Jan 2019 22:18:10
Nageslmann would have been excellent but he is off to leipzig. Would have suited Arsenal. If Arsenal weren't willing to spend loads of cash, i am surprised as to why they didn't go for a young innovative coach like nagelsmann. That is the only way you could have an edge over your rivals.

Sven is probably the second best if not the best scout in europe but what is the use of having him if you can't even buy players? This club is a joke.



31 Dec 2018 18:17:55
Can somebody shine some light on why we don't give Ramsey the contract he want. He is probably top 3-4 in the club, why don't we want to keep him. We would have to pay 40 - 60 mill for similar quality. Just give him the money.


1.) 31 Dec 2018 19:10:49
Mesut Ozil.

2.) 31 Dec 2018 19:33:48
Agree gunner and also not worth the payrise he wants. We've already been done over by Ozil, ramsey would probably kill us off.

3.) 31 Dec 2018 19:41:33
Mesut was a mistake Ramsey would be madness Steve mate.
What's done is done there is no turning the clock back, learn move on try and do better in future, it's the only way.

4.) 31 Dec 2018 19:50:50
I think it's a few things Nor.

One of the eds (001 or 2) explained that his general attitude and self-interest has put the club off.

Ramsey runs his socks off but isn't disciplined defensively (and still loves his casual back heels/ flicks which result in quick counters against us) so is probably best used in the hole behind the striker. As it stands, our top earner already has that role. Unless we could find a buyer for Ozil, we couldn't afford to pay them both top dollar and only play one of them. I really like Ozil but if it's not working out, I think Ramsey could do a good job in that role but I just can't see us being able to find a taker for Ozil. But will Emery need that role moving forward? If so, could we get someone better for the team? or better value?

Also, if the club did pay Ramsey what he wants, i guess it would set a dangerous precedent for other players.

5.) 31 Dec 2018 20:36:15
Tbf Steve and gunner, I don't think it's all ozils fault he's not dazzled for us. For him to do what he does best he needs complimentary players. Too often he was stuck out wide and asked to play a game that doesn't suit him or with players that don't make the right runs. Ramsey the same actually. Often played on the right wing or next to xhaka, but every run forward exposed the team.

I have no idea why we haven't at least once tried 3 at the back, Kol and Bellerin as wb, Torreira and xhaka in midfield with Ozil ahead behind Laca and Auba. Surely it has to be tried!?

6.) 31 Dec 2018 20:43:54
I'd agree Jim that formation and side should have been tried but for Mesut the Arsenal ship sailed long ago unfortunately.
He joined us at the wrong time when we needed people who could carry and drag others out of there 4th place mentality not bring the finishing touches to a title challenge.
Great player great club terrible timing.

7.) 31 Dec 2018 20:57:05
Jim - I’ve been asking for that formation all season. frustrating that he doesn’t try it for more than 20 minutes.

8.) 31 Dec 2018 21:12:15
We are going to have bare with Dick and see what comes, he's new and he's got his own ideas even if some don't make sense to us.



18 Jul 2018 14:26:27
Malcom om his way to Everton. Seri in Fulham. I guess they weren’t serious targets after all. Or did we just fail at negotiations?

I thought we really needed a winger like Malcom?

How about west hams signings so far. Should we fair them this year?


1.) 18 Jul 2018 14:45:26
It's all about the head to head battles for us because all we can control and I don't think we should fear anyone but respect everyone totally and equally. Man u or Brighton, Bournemouth or Liverpool they are all 3pt available but all have to be fought for and won, no gimmes and no lost causes in my opinion.
I think Dick will have the players focused 100% whoever we play and that will be brilliant to see.

2.) 18 Jul 2018 20:16:47
I nearly got to the end g62! But I had to stop reading after the line “I think dick”😂.

3.) 18 Jul 2018 20:36:55
Fair comment mate, lucky for you in used shorthand:-)

4.) 18 Jul 2018 21:01:17
I prefer a longhand when dealing with dick 😅.

5.) 18 Jul 2018 21:35:31
To each their own Geeza, or not it might seem :-)



05 Jun 2018 12:32:49
Hello Eds. How likely is the Benatia rumours?

I think it make sence to bring in experience players like Benatia and Sokratis to help Chambers, Holding and Mavropanos break into quality CBs.


{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what the "Benatia rumour" is. Try the search engine.}



14 May 2018 13:36:34
Hey eds, do you know when we could expect a new manager in place? Do the board/ club have a deadline in mind? or do you think we have to wait til after det world cup? Seriously, the season ended ages ago already;)


1.) 14 May 2018 15:38:24
If the Ed’s haven’t replied as they have posted this it could be because this question has been answered over and over.

Here’s a reply from ed01 on the rumours page

Ed001's Note - there is no deadline, with the two new guys on transfers, the club will take as long as it takes to get who they consider the right guy. It has taken the pressure off massively. I mean they won't want to leave it until pre-season is underway, they will want someone in for that, but it is not a rush. }

Also try search bar at the top of the page.

Hope this helps SLB.




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04 Feb 2019 16:10:32
A lot of our defensive problems start higher I the pitch. By strengthening our midfield with technical player who can both win the ball and hold on to it without loosing it, we will relieve the defense of to many tasks. You could see the problem yesterday when we were pushed to far in to our own box. And we couldn’t put enough pressure on city’s defense.




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30 Jan 2019 19:36:46
Alexis wasn’t a first team regular in Barcelona before he came to us. So if Suarez can be anything close to that I would be thrilled. (Yeah yeah, I know Alexis was a better player, with more power to his game)




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09 Jan 2019 22:24:30
Axel Witsel came back from China and is a great Aaser for Dortmund. Why not Carrasco? He is a regular in the Belgias National team. I say go!




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24 Jul 2018 12:29:37
I like Perez for his intensity. Hard worker. I would say he is an improved Walcott. Maybe not a starter, but a decent squad player. Falls out of games some times.




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13 Jun 2018 12:38:35
Liverpool and Spur are very vulnerable with there lack of options on top.

Son makes a good alternativ for Spurs, but not great.

Liverpool have been lucky that Firmino has been fit most of the season. If not they would have to play Solanke. (Firmino, by the way is a typical striker supported by two inward forwards, wich means he sometime fall back into a false nine. )

Leicester played 4-4-2 and had Okazaki/ Ulloa, who complemented Vardy perfect and had different skills according to the game they played.

Anyway it makes no sense to sell Laca if not replaced by a different type if that is prefered. Rather sell Welbeck and get a Giroud/ Llorente/ Austin type of player (tall, strong, leathal in the box when pressing for a goal)





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04 Feb 2019 17:32:55
Good to see that Mavropanos is back.

I thought we were a bit unlucky yesterday with the goal right before half time and the handball goal. We didn’t play well, but with a bit of margins we could have gotten more out of it. They didn’t create that many chances.


{Ed025's Note - i dont know what game you were watching nor, the second half was like a training session for city mate..



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25 Jan 2019 08:31:57
On his salary: Mesut Özil has the 4th most followers on Twitter of all footballers, only behind CR Messi and Neymar. His market stays for the club is huge. Therefore you could justify the salary. He probably earn it in kit sales alone. Arsenal would probably have a dip in fan base the day he’s gone!

On his playing style: he is a attacking player. His job is not to tackle, and use his energy to break down the other team. He prefers a 10 role big in’s the strikers. He played winger in RM. He hardly ever loose the ball. He always try to break open the defense. He is really good at holding the play at the opposing side of the pitch.




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10 Jan 2019 22:22:06
Except this time it came from Emery on a press conference.




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07 Jan 2019 20:01:58
I thought that Zech Medley looked interesting. I wish emery would play him in central defense instead of Lichtsteiner. Next to Sokratis and/ or Koscielny he would probably learn a lot. He would probably grab his chance and play like a champ. I rather play a youngster who might fail than an over the top and out of position fullback who most likely fail.

Btw Iwobi is through the ranks, so is Bellerin (kind of) . Together with AMN, Nelson, Saka and Willock I think that’s quite good compared to other top six teams.




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17 Dec 2018 12:21:34
I found it a bit wierd we didn’t play Ramsey or Özil who are better at holding the ball at their half. We were set as a counter attacking team. With guendozie and Torreira as deep lying midfielders and Iwobi and Mikhi as inward forwards. I would rather have Özil or Ramsey behind lacazette and Aubameyang as the top three. it seems to work better against teams that sits deeper.