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21 Jul 2018 19:54:46
Intriguing reports that we are in negotiations to sign Yann Sommer, the Swiss national keeper, a player I quite like, despite him being another relatively small keeper at 6ft tall. I would imagine that Ospina is being sold as has been reported and perhaps rumours of Cech returning to Chelsea are true.
Neither Cech nor Ospina impressed me last season, perhaps the new goalkeeping coach and Emery are of the same opinion.


1.) 21 Jul 2018 20:38:31
Any Ed002 do you know anything about the Yann Sommer rumours?

{Ed002's Note - I would need to ask.}

2.) 21 Jul 2018 21:48:09
Thanks Ed.

3.) 25 Jul 2018 12:07:49
Based on the WC (particularly the game vs Sweden) I wouldn’t be overly excited about Sommer.



01 Jun 2018 12:42:40
Reliably informed that Lichtsteiner has signed. Officials are in Germany, possibly to sign Sokratis and negotiating a midfield player at Bayern.
Apparently the atmosphere has changed at the club for the better. Old backroom staff out. New training regime, as players trained from 10am-12pm, now additional 2 hour afternoon sessions.
Exciting times ahead.


1.) 01 Jun 2018 13:41:01
Would live it to be vidal or tolisso.

2.) 01 Jun 2018 14:30:17
would love for this to be true, but how would anyone know about training regimes when Emery has been away on holiday, hasn't appointed coaches or backroom staff and hasn't even held a training session yet.?

3.) 01 Jun 2018 15:01:19
As much as it would be amazing to sign Thiago or Tolisso, the chances are it will be Vidal. Another 31 year old to tide us over instead of going for the gold straight away.

4.) 01 Jun 2018 15:11:36
If they were to sign Tolisso or Thiago I have to think that would signal the end to the Granit Xhaka era. I don’t think he’ll be satisfied being a squad player and he is not fit to play the role of a #6. I really hope hope we don’t go into the upcoming season without addressing the squad’s obvious biggest need, which is a midfield destroyer eg Javi Martinez.

5.) 01 Jun 2018 17:13:43
This was reliable information from an Arsenal employee, that I have no reason to doubt. Interestingly as we were chatting in Cockfosters, Wenger drove past as we and he pointed him out to me. Wilshere is a friend of his and his Father-in-law owns a hairdressers also in Cockfosters. Apparently Wenger has still been going to the training ground! He was trying to find out from colleagues whether the Arsenal officials were in Germany trying to sign the Bayern midfield player, Tolisso. I would think it would be more likely to tie up things with Dortmundt in respect of Sokratis. In respect of Xhaka he is an excellent player, but played out of position by Wenger and in my opinion would be better used in a more advanced role on the left hand side of the 3 midfield players ahead of the 2 DM's.

6.) 01 Jun 2018 19:14:55
Why is Emery sharing his business with a club employee?
A few years back someone who really does speak to one of our very famous explayers kept sharing information with me from this explayers who is still involved with the club today.
He told me about 2 players who had already agreed to join us that summer, my question was " why is Arsene telling this explayer all his business? " and "how come if he's sharing it with you the media don't know about it?
Needless to say neither player ever arrived :-)
Sorry RG but you might want to try Heimz as your next sauce because they've kept thier recipe a secret for years:-)

7.) 01 Jun 2018 22:14:53
RG - Wenger lives in Totteridge, the training base is in Colney. Unless AW has completely lost his marbles since leaving, or you don’t know North London (or Hertfordshire) Cockfosters is not on the route between those 2 places. Also, out of interest, who’s at the training ground right now that he’d be seeing? A solitary, emotional Arsene haunting the halls of the training ground is a bit far fetched. I get this is a rumours site, but this is BS mixed in with what the headlines are on google. Boring.

8.) 01 Jun 2018 22:18:03
Also, hate to hammer home that this is BS, but unless Cockfosters is in Turkey where AW is currently on holiday according to every news outlet going, with David Dein no less, then you most definitely did not see him anywhere. Mug.

9.) 03 Jun 2018 07:36:58
Wenger is not in Turkey, he was photographed with his daughter in Cambridge, presumably I must have seen his identical twin in Cockfosters! I do wish my comment was read correctly, I never said he was on his way from his home in Totteridge to the training facillities at London Conley. I simply saw him, when the Arsenal employee pointed him out. Time will tell if we have signed Lichtsteiner, as the employee told me. I do wish people would think before they post abusive comments. I have a former PL player living next door and am friendly with Toby Alderwierald who lives locally. I live in an exclusive area near Cockfosters where many Arsenal and Tottenham players have and still live. Toby wants out and Man U is his chosen destination, but he is concerned that Levy will make the deal extremely difficult. Pochettino who also lives locally and I have met and had a few chats at a local restaurants, apperently wants to manage Real Madrid one day, although I very much doubt it will be now. I have a sneaky suspicion that Wenger may be given the role, but I am may be wrong, as it's just a gut feeling as there are not many options at present.

10.) 03 Jun 2018 08:48:12
Yeah. Yesterday. And what I said wasn’t abusive, it was just calling you out on nonsense or stuff that can easily be found by doing a google search.

{Ed001's Note - is Cockfosters by Dartford?}

11.) 03 Jun 2018 12:27:28
Oh no not that ip adress give away again:-)
RG mate if your going to make such fantastic claims then people are going to question you and the more offended you get by thier questions the less believable your posts become mate.
You make fantastic claims about yourself and your life but seem to get maybe just a tad to upset and defensive for anyone to take you seriously mate
Either just be your real self or be prepared to be asked to back up your fantastic claims mate, either one would be good.



30 Apr 2018 11:51:45
Interesting development, Zeljko Buvac has left his position as Klopp's right-hand man at Liverpool for 'personal' reasons. He was at Dortmundt at the same time as Sven Mislintat. Could he be the 'bold' choice Gazidis mentioned and the continuation of the German influence at the club? To depart from Liverpool now until the end of the season, just as the club are on the verge of reaching the Champions League final makes little sense, unless he truly has some personal problem to deal with. Perhaps he has told Liverpool that he is taking up the management role at Arsenal and the club wanted him out. This is pure speculation on my part, but it adds up, as Arsenal are reportedly close to signing Dortmundt defender Papasthatopoulos and are after German keeper Leno.


1.) 01 May 2018 00:19:48
i sincerely doubt arsenal would go for buvac over viera and arteta because all of them are inexperienced but arsenal would rather take a chance on an ex player than someone else. My gut feeling is if arsenal go for a german manager it will be nagelsmann.

2.) 01 May 2018 09:03:44
The words 'Bold choice' from Gazidis made me feel that they had the manager tied up and that he would be a shock choice, which would rule out the obvious experienced managers.
Therefore, the new manager is possibly an ex-player with little or no experience, an inexperienced manager or coach, at the highest level.
Vieira, Henry or Arteta
Buvac or other coaches/ young or inexperienced managers.

3.) 01 May 2018 12:51:30
Is a bit strange now the press are mentioning him as a contender. I swear Ed001 is a liverpool fan. Have you heard anything on this Ed?

{Ed001's Note - he had been bickering with Klopp for a while, he left because he was being marginalised with regards to selection and tactics. I do not know if Arsenal are now in for him, but he has had a number of offers presented to him through the years, they didn't stop when he moved to Liverpool and have increased this season. I couldn't say if Arsenal are one of the clubs that are making him an offer. However I am expecting him to leave Liverpool as he has normally kissed and made up with Klopp by now, as they do bicker like an old married couple at the best of times. They are always falling out and getting back together, which is why no one was really taking any notice initially this time.}

4.) 01 May 2018 13:53:14
It makes complete sense that Buvac is a contender, as he has the German connection, knows Mislintat and is an experienced defensive coach. He is without doubt a bold choice and its odd timing to leave Liverpool on the verge of a possible CL final, with only a couple of weeks to go until the end of the season. He may not be the one, but is there really a stand out option? For me the top two managers are Mourinho and Guardiola, after that there are reservations for almost all candidates that I can think of.

5.) 01 May 2018 14:08:36
Thank you Ed. Wasn't aware they argued a lot. I'm not sure what to make of him tho. I've seen people say how he is the brains behind his work and it seems the others are running the transfer side of things so maybe itll work.

{Ed001's Note - he is a part of things, but I am not convinced he is irreplaceable.}

6.) 01 May 2018 18:07:25
If he was a young guy it would make sense but i really don't get why arsenal would appoint an introverted 56 year assistant manager who doesn't speak english to fill the big shoes left behind by wenger. That rumor doesn't add up. I don't think he is coming to Arsenal as a head coach or even an assistant coach.



19 Apr 2018 07:06:35
Reports that if Wenger decides to go at the end of the season, Vieira is in the frame. Without an outstanding candidate perhaps it would be an idea to bring Vieira in, who lacks PL managerial experience, but will certainly get the fans excited and onboard. He would also be able to attract players to join the club. Thoughts fellow gooners?


1.) 19 Apr 2018 07:23:44
Love Vieira but not as Arsenal manager.

2.) 19 Apr 2018 20:25:18
He would be the perfect bridge between Arsene and the future who everyone would unite behind.
No manager guarantees success or failure come to that (few Leicester fans would have been elated with the Ranieri appointment) but Vieira or Henry both guarantee bring unity back amongst the fans, and that alone would be a great place to start.

3.) 20 Apr 2018 00:38:10
Viera wouldn't certainly be worse than some of the names being mentioned. i.e enrique and brendan rodgers. Luis enrique is a terrible coach. A much as he is a champions league winner, people seem to forget that he finished seventh with a roma team that was full of quality. Brendan rodgers will always be remembered for that title collapse in 2014.Successful managers have that X factor that brendan rodgers seems to lack.

Since tuchel is gone, i'd like us to go for Nagelsmann or tedesco whose work at schalke this season is impressive. They may be young coaches, but they are tactically very good and detailed in their match preparation. If we can't get any of them, i'll like us to for our ex players. Viera or Arteta, whose work at city this season has been impressive, wouldn't be bad. Apparently it is Arteta who did video analysis for city this season. He seems to have the talent to be a coach and he is an ex captain of ours. He wouldn't be a bad shout.

4.) 20 Apr 2018 08:44:12
I posted a few months ago about Nagelsmann. He would be a better appointment than Vieira 100%.

5.) 20 Apr 2018 10:00:44
I fully support your sentiment glenn. Negelsmann is really good. His training is far much advanced than wenger'He has cameras fitted everywhere in training and uses video footage to analyse his own players and how they can improve something wenger doesn't do. nagelsmann with his tactical acumen backed by a bigger transfer budget than hoffenheim would do wonders. My pick is either him or tedesco.

6.) 20 Apr 2018 10:39:43
We can all bleat all we like, Ancelotti is going to be the man given the task (at least short term) to straighten this club out.



06 Apr 2018 09:26:40
Why on earth does Wenger keep taking Lacazette off and destroying his confidence? The player was clearly upset.


1.) 06 Apr 2018 10:59:32
To be fair he has been out since January do we really wanna risk injury. Although in the past it has frustrated me.

2.) 06 Apr 2018 15:50:31
D16, fair comment, but Lacazette was buzzing, having netted twice and on a hat-trick. He was clearly gutted and bemused at being taken off. The loss of confidence that may occur was worth the risk of keeping him on the field.




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24 Sep 2018 05:52:18
Interesting take on Gazidis departing having watched yesterday's Sunday Supplement. I couldn't understand why he was departing having finally seen Wenger replaced and his ability to influence matters increase. The inrsease of a million in salary could have been matched by the club, if they wanted to keep him and he wanted to stay. My take is that Kroenke has taken complete control od the club and Josh Kroenke is becoming far more involved at the club. Possibly decisions were being taken above Gazidis and hence having been dominated by Wenger, he found himself now having Josh Kroenke being more influential at the club. Quite frankly I doubt we will miss him, as he oversaw a poor-ish era at the club, with players contracts running down being a major failing. Since the new guys came in contracts are being tied up, except Ramsey, and decisions such as allowing Wilshere to go are being made. The new Managing Director seems to be a 'res' man. I'm not sure about Sanllehi. I do still mss the days of Dein and Fiszman, who were awesome.




24 Sep 2018 03:37:16
Pleasing result and the first clean sheet under Emery, despite an unconvincing performance until we scored after an hour.
Superb performances from Cech and Torreira, whilst Holding came on after 30 mins for Sokratis and played well.
Ozil was dreadful.
The interesting thing under Emery is that we seem to have discovered the art of winning whilst not playimg particularly well. The strange thing is that the improvement defensively which was expected, hasn't really happened and perhaps the lack of defensve cover from the three attacking midfield players is virtually non-existent, which results in being decent going forward, but still struggling when defending and against the top teams we son't get away with it. In our great teams of 98 and 04, anearly all the midfiled players could and did defend, except perhaps one player in each midfield, Overmars in 98 and Pires in 04. We barely get a tackle out of Ozil, Ramsey and Aubameyang. Perhaps we needs to bring in a midfield player in the 3 when we play top teams. Guendouzi or Maitland-Niles when fit could come in and give more defensive stability.


1.) 24 Sep 2018 10:21:52
Yeah I think you can only play one of Ozil. Ramsey or Miki in the single Central AM role 3 into 1 does not go, as when you try and play more than one of them the team is to top heavy and unbalances the side. We should play both Lacca and Pea up front Emery then needs to pick one of Ozil or Miki behind as a AM, Sell Ramsey tbh he is not worth 200K+ he wants.

Then have 3 more combative midfielders behind in Torreira, Elneney and Guendouzi. We have no natural wide midefilders so we are still trying to put players out there that are better more central.

2.) 24 Sep 2018 12:04:05
Totally agree Ryan Ozil Miki Aaron in the same team is like doing a weekly shop that consists of champagne chocolate and custard only, all look very appealing on paper but come midweek your going to run out of steam without some dependable sustenance.
Keep the champagne because let's face it we all like a bit of champers in our life's but ration the chocolate for when the champagne isn't available and ditch the over rated custard completely.

3.) 24 Sep 2018 12:33:55
yeah like buying all Chocolate and Champagne in your weekley shop but no bread and Milk, like the analogy.

4.) 24 Sep 2018 13:56:56
I think we won yesterday more because of Evertons problems. They haven't beaten us away for 20 odd years, i think and have no wins away against the top six in 28 games or 1 win in 45. It is a bit like us, no cajones.

5.) 24 Sep 2018 14:22:56
I can't see any benefit having Ozil on the right, he has to play as number 10 for me. Ramsey always looks better as the advanced one of a midfield pair - preferably Torreira who looks more accomplished than Xhaka at putting himself about and sniffing out threats. In the absence of a natural wide player, I would be happy to see Mhiki on the right and Auba on the left (even though he sometimes looks a bit lost there) with Lacca up front. All bets off if we secure a serious bit of pace in January.

All in all though, scraping a win after playing badly is a good sign.

6.) 24 Sep 2018 14:56:06
So far we have lost the two everyone expected us to lose and won the 4 in which we were favorites.
So by that calculation we could lose home and away to Liverpool Chelsea City United and even Spurs and still get 84 points and top 3 finish.
It's been a while since we achieved to our capabilities in the league and so far that's exactly what we are doing, no more admittedly but very pleasingly no less and that's got to be progress in anyone's book.

7.) 24 Sep 2018 16:03:23
Gunner, i would like to think we aren't going to lose every game against the top six and i very much doubt we will win every game against the rest either. We just need to get our obvious problems sorted and all the players singing from the same hymn sheet and we have the quality to win most of our games. I don't think we are as good as some are saying but i think we are better than some others are saying. We just need a bit of surgery.

8.) 24 Sep 2018 17:19:23
True Steve but my point was really we are currently winning what on paper should be winnable games rather than drawing or losing those games, obviously we will slip up somewhere at some stage but if we can be dominant in the games we should be dominant 8/ 10 times and pull off 1 in 3 pleasant surprises too then we have a chance of making top 4 which would be excellent in Dicks first season. The odds are obviously still against us because I think Chelsea City and Liverpool will definitely make up 3 of the top 4 so it's 2/ 1 against us getting the other spot.
I'd make United slight favourites for that other place with us and Spurs 50/ 50 due to their lack of investment and having so many players carrying a world cup hangover.



23 Sep 2018 08:41:42
I'm looking forward to today's match, a win is a must in order to keep in close touch of the top four, particularly with Man U having dropped 2 points we need to capitalise on every opportunity.
2-1 to us?
I would like to see Leno given a chance in goal as his distribution is so much better than Cech's, which tends to send panic among the back 4 due to his uncertainty. Although I can't see it happening and see Cech today, Leno on Wednesday v Brentford.
Defence picks itself. Torreira, if fit alongside Xhaka, although Guendouzi will probably play alongside Xhaka. Attacking midfield, my choice Ramsey, Guendouzi and Aubameyang, with Lacazette up top. Emery will probably play Ramsey, Ozil and Aubameyang. I believe we need players with more defensive ability to stop us conceding so many goals, hence Guendouzi in place of Ozil to give better balance, Ozil would be a good option later on in the match.


1.) 23 Sep 2018 10:34:48
Expect Dick to keep with Cech Ozil and Xhaka despite what any of us think either way, surely Torreira must start soon?
Of all the debatable selections surely starting with Torreira is the one play almost all Arsenal fans agree on should be playing.
Arsene in Arsene out
Xhaka awful Xhaka brilliant
Cech or Leno
Mesut or no Mesut
We are never short of debatable players but the one player who unites us all? Dicks disagrees with us on :-)
It's never dull in the complicated world of Arsenals best staring 11 :-)



23 Sep 2018 04:37:44
Rumours that we may try and move Ozil on in January.
I have a feeling that Emery will instigate more changes in personnel in the January window as he will have had time to assess the squad. In his favoured 4-2-3-1, it is the 3 that appears to need the most attention, with a wide attacking player a necessity and all 3 attacking midfield places could easily be improved. Ramsey still hasn't signed a deal and I am not convinced by him. Ozil is an enigma, at times excellent and at times a waste of space. Mkhitaryan hasn't convinced either. Ever Banega at a reported £18m, even at 30 could do a job and Saha could be prised away from Palace, Would Guendouzi be a success if he was moved into the centre of the 3 man midfield? The 3 may be the key to the problems we are having conceding goals, as they currently offer little defensively.


1.) 23 Sep 2018 11:23:24
We can only hope he gets rid of him somthing Wenger should have done 2 years ago.



21 Sep 2018 03:32:21
The Centre back situation is interesting. The first choice pairing is clearly Mustafi and Sokratis. Last night's selection seems to indicate that until Koscielny returns, Holding is the 3rd choice and I thought he played well last night, albeit against little attacking pressure from the opposition. Interestingly Chambers, in my opinion our weakest first team CB was allowed to go on loan. Whilst Mavropanos hasn't featured yet. Perhaps he will get a chance against Brentford next week.





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24 Sep 2018 06:04:07
Spot on Moe G, I noticed that we are winning despite not playing particularly well, which is a positive sign. I can't recall the last time we won 5 matches in a row and 2 consecutive away matches. I do wish the supporters who have tickets turned up. I have had season tickets for many years and my seats are never empty. On the odd occasions when I am unable to attend I give the seats to family or friends. If we can keep beating the teams outside the top 6, then a top four finish is possible, With Koscileny, Maitland-Niles and Kolasinac returning over the next couple of months the squad is looking strong and with a couple of signings and departure during the next window, this could be an interesting season. We cearly need a wide player that can attack and defend. In addition a midfield player that could play in the attacking 3, who can defend as well as attack. Playing as we did yesterday with Ozil, Ramsey and Aubameyang left us exposed at the back and the only the combination of excellent performances from Cech and Torreira and Everton's poor attack ensured a clean sheet and a win. Against better teams we won't get away with it, as was seen against Man C and Chelsea.




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18 Sep 2018 06:21:05
Xhaka, one of Emery's 5 captains and selected for all 5 PL matches to date.
I believe Xhaka was one of many players in the latter Wenger era that went backwards as a player after arriving at the club. He was played as a DM, not his position and looked poorer for it. Emery is a successful, intelligent and adaptable manager who will get the best out of Xhaka. In all the matches where Torreira and Xhaka played togther, the partnership has looked promising and I can see this pairing forming part of the spine of the team. They compliment each other, with the excellent Torreira providing shape to the team and giving Xhaka more freedom to move forward, between the defence and the attack.




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18 Sep 2018 06:11:26
I was never convinced by Gazidis, as Wenger totally dominated the club in the post-Dein/ Fiszman era.
I like the set up we now have, which appears due to Gazidis. I am not anti-Kroenke per se, but it concerns me if his son replaces Gazidis. Is he up to the job? On the positive side, the more involved he gets, the more he may influence his Father in terms of investing financially in the club.




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16 Sep 2018 02:07:00
Xhaka looks far better alongside Torreira, as he provides the platform for Xhaka to play as a deep, false number 10, where he provides a vital link between defence and attack with his quality passing. Alongside Guendouzi he tends to end up playing deeper as a DM, which doesn't suit his style of play. Guendouzi is a fine young player, but he reminds me so much of Elneny both physically and in the 'headless chicken' style of play.




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03 Sep 2018 08:01:46
Yes, it will no doubt be a long season, for Cardiff.
After a difficult first 2 matches, the next 2 have resulted in 2 wins and 6 goals scored,
I have no doubt the distribution from the keeper and defenders will improve with more training and experience in matches. In January I would expect Emery may bring in a player or two having seen first hand what he has at his disposal and I am sure we may try and sell or release a couple.





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23 Sep 2018 12:07:46
G62 - We must consider ourselves fortunate to have had an awesome first decade under Wenger, with a fabulous team to watch, pus trophies. The second decade was harder, blue we still won 3 FA Cups, 3 Community Shields, plays qualification for CL in all, bar the final 2 seasons. Compare that to LIverpool and the toot who barely win a thing between them over the last decade. The difficult during the second half of Wenger's reign was having to ay for the new stadium, whilst financially doped clubs such as Man C and Chelsea came into the equation. Our main competitors in the fist decade was really only Man U.




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23 Sep 2018 04:26:29
At present:
Torreira and Xhaka.
Mustafi and Sokratis, although I would like to see more of Holding played alongside Sokratis. Once fit, Koscielny and Sokratis will be a solid combination.
Guendouzi has bags of potential, but needs to gain experience and the physical strength that comes as he matures.




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23 Sep 2018 04:22:21
Steven I agree with your Pochettino comment and this season it will be extremely difficult to secure a top four spot, with expectations rising at the Toot. I can't see them winning the CL and securing a top four spot will be tricky this season, with Man C, LIverpool and Chelsea all looking strong. At this early stage fourth spot looks a fight between us, Man U and Toot. Having failed to sign any players during the last window and with a heavy schedule I can't see Toot prioritising the domestic cups, With a change of home venue happenning at some time this season, players unsettled due to lower wages than those paid at other top four contenders, I can envisiage them finishing outside the top four and at the end of the season he will have been at the club 5 seasons, and fans can be fickle.




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23 Sep 2018 04:12:27
Excellent start by Liverpool, but it's early days and Klopp's legacy will be decided by trophies in the cabinet or a lack of them, particularly having spent heavily during his time at the club.




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21 Sep 2018 03:19:38
Job done, 3 points and top of the group.
Torreira is superb, we were 3-0 up when he went off. Whilst on the pitch he was a little general, dictating play from deep. He took a coupe of nasty knocks, hopefully he will be fit to start on Sunday.
Leno looks class playing out from the back, but we didn't get to see much more from him. However, neither goal was down to him.
Apart from his part in the 2nd goal, Lichtsteiner played well and is a proper RB.
The attendance was wierd with over 59,000 tickets sold, but many not turning up.
The team are looking fitter and stronger, noticeably Iwobi in particular.
Hopefully we can keep the winning streak going on Sunday, whilst we still get used to Emery's methods.